Shahid Kapoor is almost confirmed to play the role of Chhota Rajan in Ekta Kapoor’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbai 2, a film that is getting bigger and bigger with each passing day.
For the sequel, Ekta Kapoor has roped in Akshay Kumar to play the role of Dawood Ibrahim, a character played brilliantly by Emraan Hashmi in the first part. For the role of Chhota Rajan, Dawood’s right hand turned arch rival, Ekta wanted someone who could bring in a lot of energy and intensity. Shahid suited the role perfectly and Ekta has been in talks with the actor, who is expected to sign on the dotted line soon.
“The role of Chhota Rajan is as intense as the one Shahid Kapoor portrayed in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey. He is a very good actor who has portrayed a wide range of characters till date. He is one of the top choices to play Chhota Rajan. Milan (Luthria, the director) had long meetings with Shahid. He has explained the script and the character. Akshay is currently working out to get the rugged look required for him to play Dawood. Shahid too will require to work on his Chhota Rajan looks” said one source.
This should be one of the biggest releases of 2012. Akshay Kumar vs Shahid Kapoor, how does that sound? Should be quite a battle that!