Sanjay Dutt to play Chhatrapati Shivaji in next venture

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: After a rip roaring stint with the ‘Munnabhai’ series, Sanjay Dutt is all set to rock the screen – the gladiator style, by playing the role of Indian history’s most ferocious warrior known, Chhatrapati Shivaji, in an upcoming venture.

Reports reveal that Sanjay is preparing himself for the role, by extensively studying the ways and behavioral conduct of the Maratha revolutionary.

However, the industry bigwigs involved with the project are apparently tight-lipped about the same as they’re waiting for Dutt’s current assignments and legal hassles to be sorted out, according to reports.

According to a source close to the project, "We can’t see anyone except Sanjay Dutt as the brave and flamboyant Maratha warrior, galloping across the screen, sword in hand. We want someone who comes close to Russell Crowe’s character in ‘Gladiator’ or ‘Robin Hood’."

Sources reveal that the mega project will be directed by Soham Shah, however, the helmer does not give the clear picture. He says, "All I would say at the moment is I can never make a film without Sanjay Dutt. He’s my mentor, guru, guide and support. If in spite of ‘Kaal’ and ‘Luck’, I’m still directing a project as big as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, it’s because of the trust and support of Mr Dutt. At the moment, I’m getting ready to direct a film for Sanjay Dutt Productions. Then I’ll start work on the Shivaji project."

Grapevine has it that the filmmakers are also considering making Shivaji Chatapati film a Hindi-Marathi bi-lingual. Well, this surely sounds interesting. What say!

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