Exclusive: Sanjay Dutt discusses Bollywood movie Ungli

Five friends team up to battle police corruption in Hindi comedy-drama Ungli. Out now in Cineworld, it's the second film to be directed by Rensil D'Silva, the man behind critically acclaimed 2009 offering Kurbaan

Veteran Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt plays fearsome Inspector Kaali, the man responsible for cracking down on our heroes. We caught up with him and
talked about how he got into shape for the role, and what it was like working with director Rensil D'Silva.

In this film, you play a hardline police officer called Kaali. Did you enjoy playing the role?

I think Inspector Kale is simply misunderstood. [laughs] I really enjoyed playing Kaali, the stunts were all really fun and doing the fight scenes with the cast was hysterical. It’s fun playing the villain now and again, villains are so simple and you don’t have to worry about the audience loving you. My character is able to get away with anything and I think that sort of character is always the most enjoyable to play.

You perform a lot of your own stunts for Ungli. Did you find this physically challenging?

It just so happens I am in the best shape of my life right now. I’ve lost a lot of weight and my fitness has got a lot better, which meant I actually could enjoy performing all the stunts!

Have you got any tips for keeping in such good shape?

Exercise! I know it sounds obvious but so many people talk about losing weight and gaining muscle but aren’t willing to put in the hard work to actually achieve it. Diet is also really important, you can exercise as much as you want. But if you aren’t willing to change your diet then you won’t see a change. 

Did you enjoy having Rensil D’Silva as the director? 

I think what makes Rensil such an amazing director is the fact he genuinely cares for his cast and really wants the best for them. It’s fairly unique to get someone like that; for me personally, it means I have a deep respect for Rensil not only as a director, but also as a friend.

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