The teaser of KGF Chapter 2, the upcoming Kannada period drama, will release on January 8, announced the film’s makers on Tuesday. As per a press release, actor Sanjay Dutt‘s character Adheera, the antagonist in the film, is inspired by the Vikings.
Dutt said in the press release, “Adheera is one of the craziest characters I have played so far, it is fearless, powerful and ruthless inspired by Vikings. There was a lot of physical prep required to become Adheera, about 1.5 hours to do the make-up to get the look and a lot of prep mentally to get into the skin of the character. The character required a lot from me in terms of these attributes.”
Dutt’s first look was unveiled in July 2020.
Dutt, who famously played the villain Kaancha Cheena in the 2012 Hindi film Agneepath, said that KGF 2 would be “high on action”.
Dutt said, “Every character has its own journey, I enjoy playing characters of this shade. Every role expects different things from you and Adheera did too.”
Calling her character “complex”, “powerful” yet having “shades of grey”, Tandon said, “You cannot predict the movement of my character.”
Both actors said that they could not refuse the script because of the roles they had been offered. While Dutt said it had been a while since he played an antagonist, Tandon said that not only was her character interesting, but that she was drawn to the first installment’s “new-age cinema approach”.
She said, “I had been very impressed with the storyline of the film and was in talks with the team. Prashanth (Neel) had narrated me the script even before I’d watched the first part. And when I saw it, I found it was absolutely mind-blowing. It was a new-age cinema approach.”
This is Dutt’s first film with director Prashanth, and Dutt called the experience “smooth sailing”. He said, “His work style is different and his direction has helped me learn a lot.”
While Tandon is no stranger to working in films from the South, having already worked in films like Ratha Sarathi, and Upendra, this will be Dutt’s first full-fledged lead role in a movie from South India. He had a cameo appearance in the 1998 Telugu film Chandralekha.