K.G.F: Chapter 2 is an upcoming Indian Kannada-language period action film written and directed by Prashanth Neel. The film is a sequel to the 2018 film K.G.F: Chapter 1 and stars Yash, Sanjay Dutt, Srinidhi Shetty, Raveena Tandon, and Prakash Raj. Initially scheduled for theatrical release on 23 October 2020, the film was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. The film will be dubbed in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi languages.
Prashanth Neel, worked on the film's screenplay after the release of Ugramm (2014), and development of the film began in early 2015.However, he decided to split the film in two parts, as the narration of this story is in non-linear format, and the decision to split the film into two parts, also had to with the commercial prospects. In an interview with The Times of India, on October 2018, he added “The scale of the project is huge and we had a scope for a beginning, an interval and an end for both parts, so it made sense for us to release it as two parts”. As for the decision to make it as a multilingual, he says that it was because the film is based on a unique idea and has a universal theme. Prashanth Neel decided to rope in composer Ravi Basrur and cinematographer Bhuvan Gowda as a part of the technical crew for the second part of the film.On December 2020, Prashanth Neel confirmed that there is no third instalment in the KGF franchise.
While Yash and Srinidhi Shetty have reprised their respective roles, Sanjay Dutt was roped in for a pivotal role on February 2019.Media rumours that Raveena Tandon would appear in the film started making rounds as early as February 2019. A news report in The Times of India confirmed that Tandon will be seen in a "major role" in the film. Despite Srinidhi becoming a breakout star, post the release of the predecessor, she rejected seven films, in order to start shoot for the film. The makers hosted an audition on April 2019, for aspiring actors who want to become a part of the film's cast.
On 29 July 2019, Sanjay Dutt was revealed to be playing the role of the main antagonist, Adheera. He compared his character to Thanos, and revealed that it was "shown to be a dangerous character with scary makeup" and added that it was a role he was looking for. Raveena Tandon was reported to play the role of Prime Minister Ramika Sen, and stated that "it was a difficult character to portray".
Directed by: Prashanth Neel
Produced by: Vijay Kirgandur,Karthik Gowda
Written by : Prashanth Neel
Starring : Yash,Sanjay Dutt,Srinidhi Shetty,Raveena Tandon
Music by : Ravi Basrur
Production company:Hombale Films
Distributed by :KRG Studios
Language : Kannada
Budget: ₹100 crore
Release Date : 29th July 2021 The special day of ( Sanjay Dutt's Birthday )
Filming for K.G.F: Chapter 2 started in 13 March 2019 in Hyderabad, with a formal puja ceremony. After an initial round of filming near Bangalore on May 2019,Yash announced that he will join the sets only in June 2019.The film's shooting started on 4 June at the Lalita Mahal Palace in Mysore,although Yash joined the sets on 6 June, Later the shoot commenced in August 2019 at Cyanide Hills in Kolar Gold Fields. On 28 August 2019, N Srinivas, president of the KGF's National Citizens Party filed a petition against the makers and alleged that the film is being shot in the protected area of cyanide mound and is damaging the nature.The JMFC court has issued an injunction notice to the producer Kiragandur, also ordering to stall the shoot.
On 4 September, the producers claimed that the stay order was issued a day before the makers planned to wrap the shoot schedule.The same day, the makers starterd shooting for the second schedule in Hyderabad. On 25 September 2019, Sanjay Dutt joined the sets of the film in Hyderabad. After winning the court stay order on 27 September.the makers returned to shoot the film at Cyanide Hills.On 14 October 2019, the makers returned to Karnataka, after filming the extensive schedule in Hyderabad.
As of 27 January 2020, the makers completed 80% of the shoot. With the schedule being filmed in Mysore, the last leg of shoot was expected to be held in Hyderabad, and then in Bangalore and Kolar. On 3 February 2020, behind-the-scenes video of Yash shooting at the Infosys campus in Mysore went viral. On 10 February, Telugu actor Rao Ramesh joined the sets of the film. Raveena Tandon joined the sets of the film in Mysore on 12 February. After the second schedule of the film held in Mysore got completed, the makers headed to Hyderabad on 21 February. Raveena completed her portions on 28 February. The makers completed major portions on March 2020, with post-production works being kickstarted, but filming came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India. Prashanth Neel claimed that Sanjay Dutt had completed shooting for the film, with only dubbing for his portions, is pending,after Sanjay Dutt was diagnosed with lung cancer, and left US for immediate treatment on 12 August 2020.