Unlike Sadak (1991), which was impressively inspired by Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, the sequel, for which Mahesh Bhatt has returned to direction after 21 years, is an absolute original. Producer Pooja Bhatt confirms that the team starts shooting with Sanjay Dutt from May and that Alia Bhatt will join them later in July. Dutt, who is currently smarting under the blow that is Kalank, quickly needs to move on.
Sadak 2 may be just the balm that his wounded pride needs after the drubbing that Kalank has received. Sources say Sadak 2 will pitch Dutt against yet another formidable villain after the legendary villain Maharani (played by Sadashiv Amrapurkar) in Sadak. According to a member of the Sadak 2 team, “Sadak was about combating prostitution. Sadak 2 will tackle another social issue.”
The source says that Dutt won’t be cast as the romantic lead opposite Alia. “They will share a very unorthodox relationship in Sadak 2. No boy-meets-girl here. In fact, Sanjay who turns 60 this year, confessed to Mahesh Bhatt that he felt awkward being cast with Alia as he had been cast opposite Alia’s elder sister Pooja in Sadak. But there is no room for awkwardness in Sadak 2. The equation between Dutt and Alia is very clear and non-romantic,” says the source.