Sanjay Dutt is currently starring in the Kannada film K.G.F: Chapter 2, the much-anticipated sequel to 2019 hit K.G.F. The film, which stars Kannada actor Yash will see Dutt in the role of Adheera, a character who was hinted at near the end of the first film. Dutt stated that the sequel’s producers approached him out of the blue to play the primary antagonist Adheera.
“I got a call one day and these people wanted to come and meet me. So they came and I was totally amazed by the character. I asked them how and why they thought of me playing Adheera in the movie. They told me that they want only me to play this role. This is a really exceptional character. Adheera is so strong as a character and I instantly said yes to it,” Dutt told PTI in an interview.
Dutt revealed that K.G.F: Chapter Two was “the first-ever offer that came from the South”. “I don’t know why (I was never approached before)… I believe there is no segmentation today as the whole industry is one big family, which is a good thing for Indian cinema. We now represent the Indian film industry.”
When asked about his character Adheera, the actor stated that it is very different from Kancha Cheena, the bald-headed antagonist in Hrithik Roshan’s Agneepath. “This character is as strong as Kancha Cheena was in Agneepath. But where the character is different is his unpredictable nature. He has a different look and a challenge. Adheera is out there to rightfully claim back KGF. He is right in his own way that he wants his kingdom back,” he remarked.
Dutt appeared threatening and fierce in the film’s teaser as Adheera, with braided hair and a moustachioed attitude. Throughout his career, the actor noted that he has frequently sought roles in which the character has a distinct aesthetic statement. The procedure of achieving the desired look, on the other hand, is frequently difficult.
“I do search for characters that have a certain style, be it Ballu from Khalnayak, Ajju from Kaante, Billa from Musafir or Kancha Cheena from Agneepath. But it is always a challenge to get the look right. I remember, when I did Agneepath, the director told me that he wants me to go bald for the character. I was initially taken aback and told him how I can do that. They initially tried using prosthetics but it didn’t work out because of the hot weather at the time. It was then that I decided to shave my head. Here the challenge was to get tattoos and shlokas written on the head.”
K.G.F: Chapter Two, directed by Prashanth Neel and starring Srinidhi Shetty, Raveena Tandon, and Prakash Raj, will be released on April 14 in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi.