Confirming the news, Sonu said, “I am extremely thrilled to be a part of this prestigious project. Sanjay Gupta is one of the best technicians we have in the industry. He presents his actors like no one else. On the other hand, Ekta Kapoor is one of the most prolific producers. She leaves no stone unturned for her films. It’s an iconic role for me.”
Dawood has always been an important character and a strong actor was needed to portray it and hence Gupta zeroed in on Sonu Sood.
Sanjay Gupta says, “It is the clash of the titans. Who better to play young Dawood than Sonu Sood? Have you seen him? His body language and his physique work for the role perfectly. It is a very important character in the film. We show how Dawood forms his D company the very night his brother Shabbir dies. John of course plays dreaded gangster Manya Surve. The clash of two of the best bodies in the industry should be interesting to watch.”
The film, based on a story by Hussain Zaidi, deals with the rise of Dawood in the underworld and his rivalry with Manya Surve. It talks about the death of Dawood’s brother Shabbir (to be played by Manoj Bajpayee) and the encounter of Manya Surve reportedly orchestrated by Dawood.