1983 (film)

1983 is a 2014 Indian Malayalam coming-of-age sports drama film directed by fashion photographer Abrid Shine, who has written the story and co-written the script with Bipin Chandran.[1][2] The film produced under the banner of Shams Films stars Nivin Pauly in 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 music director was Gopi Sunder[2] for which he received the 62nd National Film Awards for Best Background Score.[3]

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

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][4][5] 1983 which is also a tribute to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar released on 31 January 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]


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(Nivin Pauly) is passionate about cricket and performs well in his academics. His father (Joy Mathew) wants his son to become an engineer one day. Rameshan is in love with Manjula (Nikki Galrani), 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 even fails in 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 in studies and join 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 (Srinda Arhaan), is ignorant about cricket to such an extent that she doesn't know Sachin Tendulkar. Rameshan is blessed with his son, Kannan (Bhagath Abrid), 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 (Anoop Menon) sports academy. Rameshan faces many financial problems to support his son's coaching. His wife helps him against his mother's (Seema G. Nair) 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 the better future of 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 strike on the back tail and get 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 and produced by Shamsudheen under banner of Shams films.[8] The movie distribution was done by LJ Films owned by director Lal Jose.[9]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelManorama Music
ProducerGopi 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 NarayananP. Jayachandran, Vani Jairam4:48
2."Thalavettam Kanumba" Gopi Sundar, Nivas3:20
3."Nenjile Nenjile" Gopi Sundar, Shankar Mahadevan, Aleetta Dennis4:50
4."Olakkam Choodumaayi" Nivas, Aleetta Dennis4:52

The music composer, Gopi Sunder won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for his work in the film.


Entertainment site oneindia gave 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".[10]

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

Box officeEdit

It was one of the biggest commercial success of 2014 in Malayalam.[11]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Date of ceremony[a] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Asianet Film Awards 11 January 2015 Best Character Actor Anoop Menon Won [12]
Best New Face Award Nikki Galrani Won
Best Music Director Gopi Sundar Won
Asiavision Awards 14 November 2014 Best Debut Director Abrid Shine Won [13]
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 1983 Nominated [14]
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 [16]
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 [17]
South Indian International Movie Awards 6—7 August 2015 Best Debut Director – Malayalam Abrid Shine Won [18]
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 2015 Best Film 1983 Won [20]
Most Popular Actor Nivin Pauly Won
Best Supporting Actress Srinda Arhaan Won
Best Newcomer Actress Nikki Galrani Won
Best Lyricist B.K.Harinarayanan ("Olanajali Kuruvi") Won


  1. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.


  1. ^ "Nivin Pauly and Anoop Menon in 1983". Sify.com. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Vijay George. "On location: 1983 — For the love of the game". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  3. ^ Anu James (24 March 2015). "National Film Awards (Malayalam): Twitterati Congratulate Gopi Sunder, Sidhartha Siva and Jayaraj [Photos]". International Business Times.
  4. ^ a b "M'wood gears up for more sports movies". The Times of India. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Non-stop from '1983'". Deccan Chronicle. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b Nicy (31 December 2014). "Malayalam Cinema: Top 5 Debutant Directors of 2014". International Business Times.
  7. ^ Kerala Chalachitra Academy (10 August 2015). "State Film Award 2014". Keralafilm.com. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  8. ^ "'1983' started its shoot". Nowrunning.com. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Lal Jose to distribute 1983". indiaglitz.com. 2014.
  10. ^ "1983 Movie Review – A Real Entertainer!". OneIndia. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.     
  11. ^ "United Kingdom and Ireland and Malta Yearly Box Office". Box Office Mojo. 30 December 2014.
  12. ^ "17th Asianet Film Awards". International Business Times. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Asiavision Awards 2014". International Business Times. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  14. ^ "62nd Filmfare Awards South 2015". International Business Times. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Winners of 62nd Britannia Filmfare Awards South". Filmfare. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards 2014". International Business Times. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  17. ^ "Complete List of The 62nd National Film Awards". The New Indian Express. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  18. ^ "SIIMA 2015 Malayalam Nominations". International Business Times. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  19. ^ "SIIMA 2015 Malayalam Winners". South Indian International Movie Awards. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  20. ^ "Vanitha–Cera Film Awards". International Business Times. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2020.

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