1983 (film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Abrid Shine
Screenplay by Abrid Shine
Bipin Chandran
Story by Abrid Shine
Produced by T. R. Shamsudheen
Starring Nivin Pauly
Anoop Menon
Nikki Galrani
Srinda Arhaan
CinematographyPradeesh Varma
Edited byManoj
Music by Gopi Sunder
Shams Films
Distributed byLJ Films (India) / PJ Entertainments & Tricolor Entertainments.
Release date
  • 31 January 2014 (2014-01-31)
Country India

1983 is a 2014 Indian Malayalam-language coming-of-age sports film directed by fashion photographer Abrid Shine, who wrote the story and co-wrote the script with Bipin Chandran. [1] [2] The film, produced under the banner of Shams Films, stars Nivin Pauly in the lead role. Anoop Menon, Nikki Galrani, Joy Mathew, Srinda Arhaan, Jacob Gregory, Saiju Kurup, Shine Tom Chacko, Dinesh, Sui Joseph, Neeraj Madhav and Sanju, make up the rest of the cast. Pradeesh Varma cranked the camera and the music director was Gopi Sunder, [2] for which he received the 62nd National Film Awards for Best Background Score. [3]


The film is a family drama that revolves around cricket. It centers on Rameshan (Nivin Pauly) and his memories from 1983 when India won its first World Cup under Kapil Dev. [2] [4] [5] 1983, which is also a tribute to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, was released on 31 January and was the first success film of 2014. All the songs composed by Gopi Sunder became popular and one of them, "Olanjali Kuruvi", was a chartbuster. [6]

The film received three Kerala State Film Awards including Best Debut Director for Abride Shine, Best Actor for Nivin Pauly and Second Best Actor for Anoop Menon. [7] It is widely regarded as one of the best movies during the Malayalam New Wave. [8]


In a remote village in Kerala named Brahmamangalam, the people have a passion for cricket. From India winning their first Cricket World Cup in 1983, to present times, the story follows the father-son relationship of two generations. As a teenager Rameshan is passionate about cricket and performs well in his academics. His father wants his son to become an engineer one day. Rameshan is in love with Manjula, who is studying in the same school. He is part of a local cricket team, formed by his close friends, and wins many local tournaments with his above par performance in batting. However, with time his academic results turn very poor and he even fails his 12th Board exams. Even if he fails in his academics, his love for the game remains the same and his father continues to protest against this. His love interest, Manjula, is very good at her studies and joins another college for higher education.

Rameshan joins his father in running an electrical workshop and lives a modest life. His love for game continues all this while. Eventually, he loses his lover who marries an Indian-American. A depressed Rameshan is encouraged by his friends and family to marry a girl from the same village. His wife, Susheela, is ignorant about cricket to such an extent that she doesn't know Sachin Tendulkar. Rameshan is blessed with his son, Kannan, who shows an interest in cricket at a very young age. Rameshan still plays cricket and starts coaching his son. Rameshan wants his son to become a cricketer. He takes his son to a former state cricket player Vijay Menon's sports academy. Rameshan faces many financial problems to support his son's coaching. His wife helps him against his mother's wishes. After some days unfortunately Vijay wants to go to Chennai, as he was called by his senior coach Chandrakant and he wants Vijay to be with him to take responsibility of his cricket coaching club. For a better future for Kannan, Vijay advises Rameshan to join the cricket academy of his friend. But Kannan could get the selection in order to join the academy. But he fails to get the selection as the ball strikes on the back tail and he gets injured.

Rameshan's father and son play a vital role in his life and eventually his father gives him his support to pursue his love for cricket. At the end, Rameshan, with the help of his father, makes a bowling machine to help his son play pace. After many ups and downs, Kannan gets selected for the Under-14 district team. Like how he loved the cricket now his son also loves cricket. The movie ends with Rameshan talking about wanting to see his son wearing India's jersey.



The film started its shoot in May 2013 in Ernakulam, produced by Shamsudheen under the banner of Shams films. [9] The movie distribution was done by LJ Films, owned by director Lal Jose. [10]


Soundtrack album by
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Malayalam
Label Manorama Music
Producer Gopi Sunder
Gopi Sunder chronology
Salala Mobiles
Happy Journey

All lyrics are written by Santhosh Varma except where noted; all music is composed by Gopi Sundar.

1."Olanajali Kuruvi"Hari Narayanan P. Jayachandran, Vani Jairam 4:48
2."Thalavettam Kanumba" Gopi Sundar, Nivas3:20
3."Nenjile Nenjile" Gopi Sundar, Shankar Mahadevan, Aleetta Dennis4:50
4."Olakkam Choodumaayi" Nivas, Aleetta Dennis4:52


Entertainment site oneindia gave the film 3.5/5 stars and said "1983 is a thoroughly enjoyable entertainer which pleases your heart throughout. For almost all generations, it's a nostalgic revisit to those childhood memories, where you had played cricket with your friends, a tennis ball, wickets of stick, and a bat carved from leaf stalk". [11]

IBTimes ranked Abrid Shine first in its list of the top 5 debutant Malayalam directors of 2014. [6]

Box office

It was one of the biggest commercial successes of 2014 in Malayalam. [12]

Awards and nominations

AwardDate of ceremony [lower-alpha 1] CategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef.
Asianet Film Awards 11 January 2015 Best Character Actor Anoop Menon Won [13]
Best New Face Award Nikki Galrani Won
Best Music Director Gopi Sundar Won
Asiavision Awards 14 November 2014Best Debut Director Abrid Shine Won [14]
Star of The Year – Male Nivin Pauly Won
Best Music Director Gopi Sundar Won
Best Playback Singer – Female Vani Jairam ("Olanajali Kuruvi")Won
Filmfare Awards South 26 June 2015 Best Film – Malayalam 1983Nominated [15]
Best Director – Malayalam Abrid Shine Nominated
Best Actor – Malayalam Nivin Pauly Nominated
Critics Award for Best Actor – Malayalam Won
Best Female Debut – Malayalam Nikki Galrani Won
Best Lyricist – Malayalam B.K.Harinarayanan ("Olanajali Kuruvi")Won
Best Female Playback Singer – Malayalam Vani Jairam ("Olanajali Kuruvi")Nominated
Kerala State Film Awards 10 August 2015 Best Debut Director Abrid Shine Won [17]
Best Actor Nivin Pauly Won
Best Character Role - Male Anoop Menon Won
National Film Awards 3 May 2015 Best Music Direction ( Background Score ) Gopi Sundar Won [18]
South Indian International Movie Awards 6—7 August 2015 Best Debut Director – Malayalam Abrid Shine Won [19]
Best Actor – Malayalam Nivin Pauly Won
Best Female Debut – Malayalam Nikki Galrani Won
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Malayalam Srinda Arhaan Nominated
Best Lyricist – Malayalam B.K.Harinarayanan ("Olanajali Kuruvi")Won
Best Male Playback Singer – Malayalam P. Jayachandran ("Olanajali Kuruvi")Nominated
Vanitha Film Awards 15 February 2015Best Film1983Won [21]
Most Popular Actor Nivin Pauly Won
Best Supporting Actress Srinda Arhaan Won
Best Newcomer Actress Nikki Galrani Won
Best LyricistB.K.Harinarayanan ("Olanajali Kuruvi")Won


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