Sanjay Dutt has signed on to play the lead role in 'Malang', a romantic thriller to be directed by debutante Aarambhh Singh. The movie will be produced by T-Series' Bhushan Kumar as well as Sandeep Singh and Omung's Legend Studios.
The 58-year-old star, who is making his comeback to the silver screen with 'Bhoomi' directed by Omung Kumar, said he gave his nod to 'Malang' immediately after Aarambhh narrated him the story. Aarambhh was working as an assistant director on 'Bhoomi'.
"I have always believed in the passion of newcomers and fresh talent. I observed Aarambhh since he was assisting Omung during 'Bhoomi'. When he narrated 'Malang' to me, I looked at Sandeep and said I am hooked. The layering of my character and the plot, the setting of Varanasi has made me excited about this project," Dutt said in a statement.
"It is a huge opportunity to direct Sanjay Sir and have him as the hero of my film. I am very grateful to him for letting me direct a great star like him. It's a dream come true. I am also very thankful to Sandeep sir and Omung sir for showing immense faith in me and giving me this chance to showcase my talent," Aarambhh said.
The shooting of 'Malang' is slated to start in December this year. Dutt is also set to star in the third installment of Tigmanshu Dhulia's "Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster" franchise. The actor will play the role of the gangster in the movie.