The actor will be playing the title role of an Indian army officer who becomes involved in a terrorist plot.
He told Facebook fans: "Started shooting my first film in the new year, the Hindi remake of Thuppakki! Would love to get your good wishes today.
"Thanks guys for all your good wishes & enthusiasm for the film. Needed a suggestion from you all. What should we call the Hindi remake of Thuppakki? For those who don't know, Thuppakki means a gun in Tamil and is an action thriller."
Kumar has reportedly been asked to lose weight to play the character, who is in his thirties.
He will be seen playing the leader of a heist gang in Special Chabbis, based on a real-life notorious diamond theft.
Watch the teaser for Special Chabbis below: