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KGF: Chapter 2 shoot resumes amid safety measures; Prakash Raj reports to work 

The Kannada action-thriller, which will also be released in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam, stars Sanjay Dutt as the primary antagonist, Adheera.

Photo Courtesy: Prakash Raj Twitter

Haricharan Pudipeddi

The Kannada action-thriller KGF: Chapter 2 resumed shooting on Wednesday amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The makers announced the news on Twitter, saying that they’ve returned to the sets and are taking all necessary safety measures.

Producer Vijay Kiragandur tweeted: “We are glad to inform that we are proceeding with the shoot of KGF 2 for remaining sequences. I thank our Central Govt & State Govt for permitting the film-shoot. @hombalefilms is following all the guidelines of SOP with due diligence (sic).”

Actor Prakash Raj also joined the team and shared a couple of pictures from the set. Contrary to rumours, he has not replaced actor Anant Nag in the film but has been roped in to play a key role.

In KGF 2, which will hit the screens next year, Sanjay Dutt will play the primary antagonist. The second chapter, which will be released in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam as well, follows the journey of Rocky bhai (Yash) as he rises to become the king of a goldmine. 

Earlier this month, the makers unveiled the first glimpse of Dutt’s character from the second part of the franchise on his birthday. The makers revealed that Adheera's look was heavily inspired by the Vikings.

In an interview to the movie portal, Cinema Express, director Prashant Neel opened up about how Dutt helped design the character of Adheera. “We wanted to show the actor menacingly, and we decided to go with a Viking look. Sanjay sir has put a lot of effort and thought into it personally. His input has been huge,” he said. 

Adheera's character was not revealed in KGF: Chapter 1. Instead, the audiences were teased with the character whose identity remained unknown till the end of the film. 

Talking about Dutt’s character and having him on board, Yash was quoted in a report from the daily, Hindustan Times as saying, "When we made “KGF: Chapter 1, we had our own inhibitions and restricted ourselves in some way. But with this kind of success on our side, we are going all out to make the second part. We now know people are keenly looking forward to the second part and we can deliver it without any reservations. We’ve reserved the best for chapter 2.”  

The film also stars Raveena Tandon in a key role. She will be seen as former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi.