Doing many things first time onscreen: Sonu on playing Dawood

New Delhi: Stepping into the much-hyped role of mafia don Dawood Ibrahim in Sanjay Gupta`s ‘Shootout at Wadala’, Sonu Sood says the film will see him do many things for the first time onscreen.

The 38-year-old actor, who has recently begun shooting his part, said that a lot of research has gone into shapinghis role and look in the film.

"I have been reading stuff on Dawood. I have sat for hours to discuss my look. A lot of homework has gone into preparing for the role. We have done so much of research for the character and the script, to get the right look.

"I have a moustache and the 70s-inspired costumes to get that period`s look. There are a lot of things I am doing for the first time on screen," Sonu told PTI.

Vivek Oberoi was supposed to play Dawood`s role in the film, but he had a fall-out with the director. ‘Shootout at Wadala’, which dramatises the first registered encounter by Mumbai police where gangster Manya Surve was shot dead in 1982, also stars John Abraham and Anil Kapoor.

Police encounters is the crux of another upcoming film of Sonu`s. The actor is on the right side of the law playing a cop in ‘Maximum’, a film based on encounters in Mumbai between 2003 and 2008. Directed by Kabeer Kaushik, the film also stars Naseeruddin Shah and Vinay Pathak.

Sonu says this film gave him an inside view about the workings of a police department, as he spoke to a few policemen to prepare for his role.

“A lot of drama is created on screen in a film to make it look larger than life. But when I learnt about these encounters, I came to know how cool the entire thing is. There is so much hype surrounding an encounter but it is a routine job for the policeman. I tried to keep that essence in my character."

And this is where ‘Maximum’ is different from other cop dramas like ‘Dabangg’ or ‘Singham’.

"Other cop dramas are high on mass appeal with dramatic scenes, actions, song and dance. Maximum is more on the realistic side. We have drawn references from real life. The film definitely has a more realistic edge," said Sonu.

After he immortalised the role of villain Chhedi Singh in ‘Dabangg’, there was lot of speculations about Sonu being cast in the film`s sequel.

While Prakash Raj has been signed on to play the bad guy in ‘Dabangg 2’, Sonu says Chhedi Singh might return in a later project.

"A script has to give you a kick. Chhedi Singh had become larger than life after Dabangg, so I was clear that if he has to come back, it would have to be something very special.

"I shared my thoughts with Arbaaz and Salman Khan and they were sweet enough to understand. Maybe in the future sometime we will come back with the character," he said.

Having begun his acting journey with Tamil films, even after tasting success in Bollywood, Sonu continues to deliver films consistently down South.

"South was my learning ground. I learnt the tricks of the trade there. People have accepted me and I enjoy working there. All the years that I have put in there, I did not want it to go to waste, so I definitely do 2-3 films every year and my track record has been quite good," said Sonu.