Actor Sanjay Dutt is thrilled to portray the antagonist, Daroga Shuddh Singh, in Ranbir Kapoor’s Shamshera, directed by filmmaker Karan Malhotra. This is his second outing with Malhotra; the two collaborated together on Agneepath (2012) where he played the ruthless Kaancha Cheena.
In this interview with indianexpress.com, Dutt talks about what still excites him as an actor after being an integral part of the Hindi film industry for over four decades, the advice his father Sunil Dutt gave him and why he thinks Ranbir Kapoor can succeed. a dacoit as well as a boy in love with equal facility.
When asked what excites him to make movies even after doing the same job for 41 years, he replied, “Movies motivate me to make movies, I’m excited to be a part of this industry. My dad once told me that every actor has a child inside them, so even though I’m getting older, I don’t think I’m getting older in my heart.
When further asked if he had learned a hard lesson during his long journey in Bollywood, he replied, “My life has been hard, that’s all I can say.”
Sanjay said he was excited about Shamshera because it is made for the masses. He said: “Shamshera is an amazing movie, the most commercial movie I’ve come across in recent times, it’s made for the masses. It’s the kind of work I’ve done all my life, but it’s been forgotten somewhere in Bollywood. I’m happy that we have people like Karan (Malhotra) and some other directors who believe in this kind of cinema, who don’t forget or disconnect from places like UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and all those belts. Let’s not forget that this is our audience, the main audience. So it’s exciting for me and I feel happy working on such films.
Shamshera will be Ranbir’s masala movie, as the actor has been widely associated with urban coming-of-age films. and Sanjay is looking forward to this change in Kapoor’s acting chart and wants him to explore this facet more, “I’m so happy that Ranbir is doing this movie, this role, and for that he didn’t leave behind him his other type of work when i was an action star i also did a Sajan and Jodi #1 so he didn’t get left behind and transformed he can still play his kind of roles I’m not just saying this because of my love for Ranbir but because I see him as an actor who can do whatever he can – he can carry Shamshera, he can do comedy, he can be a boy in love, he can be a student.”
Talking about his connection with the actor, Sanjay added, “Ranbir is a very clean soul, he is an honest and very devoted child, he respects everyone with such authenticity. He comes from a legendary family, his values and his emotions are at the top, and you know those things matter a lot in life. He’s a brilliant actor, all I tell him is “you gotta explore” because the more you explore in this world of cinema, the more heights you touch. That has been my experience,” Sanjay concluded.