PeepingMoon Exclusive: Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay Dutt team up for the first time; Dutt to play a cameo in SRK's Jawan

After the historical box office success of Pathaan, Shah Rukh Khan and his fans have turned their attention to Jawan, which will release in theatres on June 2 this year. The Atlee Kumar-directed masala entertainer is a true-blue Pan-India film, featuring an ensemble of Hindi as well as South Indian film actors such as Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Priyamani, Sanya Malhotra, Sunil Grover, Yogi Babu, and Ridhi Dogra in pivotal roles. Deepika Padukone also stars in a cameo in this Red Chillies Entertainment production. And now there's one more new addition to the cast, boosting the excitement around this film further. has exclusively learned that Sanjay Dutt has joined the cast of Jawan. The Agneepath actor has been brought on board for a special cameo role that is crucial to the film’s storyline. Dutt has given his nod and will shoot for his sequence next month in Mumbai. "The casting for this brief but vital role has been quite difficult for Atlee, as it required an A-list star who had never appeared on screen alongside Shah Rukh. Allu Arjun was earlier offered this role, but he turned it down due to a scheduling conflict and his commitment to the highly anticipated Pushpa: The Rule. Shortly after Allu’s refusal, the makers went to Sanju Baba, and now he has agreed to do this role for SRK," an industry source told us.


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Jawan will mark Shah Rukh and Sanjay Dutt’s first proper on-screen collaboration. The two Bollywood stars share a great rapport off-screen, and although they have never worked together in a film, Dutt featured in the opening sequence of SRK's superhero flick, Ra. One (2012), and was also seen shaking a leg with him in the title track of Om Shanti Om (2007). Atlee is said to have planned a crazy, crowd-pleasing sequence for SRK and Sanjay Dutt, and it will be filmed on a huge scale next month in a Mumbai studio. The film also marks Dutt’s yet another pan-Indian project after the humongous blockbuster KGF Chapter 2. The Munna Bhai MBBS actor is also doing Dhruva Sarja's KD: The Devil and Thalapathy Vijay’s Leo, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj.

Billed as a mass-action spectacle made on a whopping budget of around 200 crores, Jawan is a commercial masala potboiler with a universal story that goes beyond language and geography. The film is nearing completion, with only around 25 days of shooting remaining now. Atlee and his team are committed to releasing the film as scheduled on June 2 and are simultaneously working on the post-production to achieve the target. Contrary to speculations, there has been no change in the release date as of yet.