Bollywood star is playing a larger-than-life film hero with his new action entertainer ‘Shamshera’, set for release next month.
Kapoor, who is coming to the big screen four years after he delivered the blockbuster ‘Sanju’, is relishing the casting coup in the film that pits him against Sanjay Dutt.
Kapoor says, “It’s amazing that Sanjay Dutt is my antagonist! When I was 10 or 11, I had Sanjay Dutt’s poster in my cupboard. Then eventually getting to play him in a biopic directed by Rajkumar Hirani was a dream come true.
“And finally getting an opportunity to work with him, to act with him, where I am the protagonist and he is the antagonist, it’s incredible! Dutt has given us some epic villains with his brilliant acting performances and people are going to love him as Shuddh Singh in ‘Shamshera’!
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“I have so much love for him and so much respect for him. He is such an amazing actor. You know even though he has played the antagonist in so many films, he still makes it different, he still makes it believable. It goes back to the old notion that a hero will only be impactful if the villain has a looming presence and I don’t think there is any actor in the Indian film industry who has the presence that Sanjay Dutt has on screen.”
Sanjay Dutt is collaborating with director Karan Malhotra again after ‘Agneepath’, in which he played the villain Kancha. In the new film, is thrilled to return with a more evil, merciless, cold-hearted brute force of nature, Shuddh Singh.
Sanjay says, “I love playing the villain and Karan Malhotra loves to give me like these. I guess people love to see me as a villain on screen and I’m happy that all the films in which I have played a villain have been loved.
“I wish the same for ‘Shamshera’ because Karan, Ranbir and the entire team have worked really hard on the film.”
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The story of Shamshera is set in the fictitious city of Kaza, where a warrior tribe is imprisoned, enslaved and tortured by a ruthless authoritarian general Shudh Singh. This is the story of a man who became a slave, a slave who became a leader and then a legend for his tribe – he relentlessly fights for his tribe's freedom and dignity and his name is ‘Shamshera’.
The high-octane, adrenaline-pumping entertainer is set in the 1800s in the heartland of India. Sanjay Dutt plays Kapoor’s arch enemy and their showdown will be something to watch out for as they will ferociously go head to head.
The action extravaganza, produced by Aditya Chopra’s Yash Raj Films, and is set to release in Hindi, and Telugu on July 22.