Mumbai, Feb 5: After playing the role of a dreaded villain Kancha in Agneepath, Sanjay Dutt now dons the uniform to play a heroic cop, modelled on Thakur Pritam SIngh in Zilla Ghaziabad, reports HT.
Dutt recently filmed the hard-hitting climax for the film. Fondly known as the Badshah of Bulandshahr in his 'zilla' (district), Thakur Pritam Singh was gunned down in 1998. It was believed that the land and liquor mafia he was targeting had plotted his assassination.
Dutt spent several months putting on muscle to look like the larger-than-life Kancha cheena. "Kancha was a very strong character The idea was to take a simble boy-next-door vijay and throw him in front this evil giant, and eventually have him slay this Goliath, like a modern-day David. I had to really build muscle", says Dutt.
"I set up a whole gym in Diu which Hrithik was thrilled to see when he arrived. We ended up working out together during the shoot. I even cooked for him - food like soup, grilled fish and steamed veggies."
But Zilla Ghaziabad is a totally different ball game.
"This guy is not as huge as Kancha, he's more ribbed, and that means more hours of cardio", says Dutt. After Zilla Ghaziabad, Dutt will appear in Ajay Devgn's action-comedy SOS - Son Of Sardar.