The makers of the popular Kannada franchise KGF have unveiled the character poster of Sanjay Dutt in KGF Chapter 2 on Wednesday, the 61st birthday of the star. Helmed by Prashanth Neel, the big-budget extravaganza is being bankrolled by Vijay Kiragandur for Hombale Films while being jointly presented by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar‘s Excel Entertainment and Anil Thadani’s AA Films in Hindi, and Sai Korrapati’s Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram in Telugu. The rest of the distributors haven’t been revealed as yet.
The poster features a knackered warrior, Sanjay Dutt, who plays the role of ‘Adheera’, leaning on a huge sword. He has a few tattoos on his head but the one comprising Hindi letters that run across his face grabs the most attention.
Sanjay Dutt took to Twitter to reveal his look. He tweeted, “It’s been a pleasure working on this film and I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift. Thank you.”
It’s been a pleasure working on this film and I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift. Thank you @prashanth_neel, @Karthik1423, @TheNameIsYash, @VKiragandur, #Deepak, #Lithika, #Pradeep & the entire team of KGF. pic.twitter.com/5BPX8injYM
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) July 29, 2020
Dutt had earlier made an announcement that he wants to dub for the Kannada version, much to the thrill of fans in Karnataka who are elated with the industry’s growing market. This film marks Dutt’s return to playing antagonist, seven years after Agneepath where he played the iconic drug kingpin Kancha Cheena. Adheera, the character Dutt plays is the brother of Suryavardhan, who illegally built the gold mining empire, more of which we will see in the sequel. He had also said that the character of Adheera is a powerful one. “If you have seen Avengers, you know how powerful Thanos is. Adheera is as powerful as him,” said Dutt in a statement earlier.
The film depicts the story of an ambitious Rocky (Yash), the lead character, who is born into poverty but wants to conquer the world and achieve greatness. The film also stars Srinidhi Shetty, Vasista Simha, Saran Shakti, Ananth Nag, Malavika Avinash, Raveena Tandon, and several others in prominent roles.
Ravi Basrur is composing music for the film, Bhuvan Gowda is handling cinematography, art is Shivakumar, and stunt is by Anbariv.
KGF Chapter 2 was to complete filming this year and hit the screens on October 23. The coronavirus-imposed lockdown has caused a delay and postponed the movie’s release to next year. The movie will release in Kannada with a dubbed version in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Malayalam.
The previous installment, KGF, went on to become a film with the highest opening in the history of the Kannada film industry. With a total gross of over Rs. 250 crore in 50 days, it found itself in the eighth place among the highest grossers in South Indian cinema. The movie even went on to win two National Awards – one for special effects and one for stunt choreography.
Watch the trailer of KGF Chapter One here: