Friday morning in Malleswaram saw hundreds of people waiting on tree-lined streets for a chance to audition for the Yash-starrer ‘KGF: Chapter 2.’ Though auditions for the much-anticipated sequel to the 2018 blockbuster began at 8 am, actors and die-hard fans queued up as early as 6 am outside the GM Rejoys Hotel in Bengaluru on Friday.
Men with long hair, chiselled bodies and intricate tattoos stood in a long line that extended for at least 500 metres, and police officials had trouble containing the crowd. Some of these aspiring actors had even bunked special classes at their schools for their chance to audition.
The auditions were organised to cast minor roles in the movie. A one-minute-long audition, the person had to prepare their own dialogue and if selected would join the shooting of the film, which has already begun. Karthik, an executive producer in the film, said, “We are looking for actors in side-roles who will be followers of the protagonist Yash and the main antagonist. There is no number we are currently looking at. It depends on how auditions go
The auditions were called for boys between the age group 8 to 16 years and men above the age of 25. Mohan, who had travelled from Bagalkot, is a huge fan of Yash. He hoped the audition would allow him to eventually share the screen with the “rocking star” at least for a second.
People from other states also joined the queue to try their luck. Arun, an actor from Kerala, said, “KGF received a lot of exposure and is a landmark film now. Getting a chance to act in the sequel would be a great opportunity.”
KGF: Chapter 1 was released in five languages and became one of the highest grossing movies in 2018. The movie was the first Kannada film to enter the 200-crore club. The makers plan on roping in Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt to play the role of antagonist and are planning on releasing the movie during the summer of 2020. “We are in talks with a number of people including Sanjay Dutt. The villain will be announced soon,” Karthik added