Sanjay Dutt is expected to make an entry during the end of his Bio-pic Movie
Rajkumar Hirani’s biopic on Sanjay Dutt starring Ranbir Kapoor in the title role will go on floors next year. While there are rumours that the actor was paid ‘5 crore for the biopic, an industrywallah tells us, that is incorrect. The deal was that Sanju Baba allows Rajkumar Hirani to make a biopic on his life, and in return, he would make a film for Sanjay Dutt ” Munnabhai Chale Amreeka ” after he completes his jail sentence. Every actor in the country today wants to work with Raju Hirani. There could not be a better and bigger deal than this.
Says a source, “On many occasions, when he and Raju worked together, Sanju often talked about his life story. The filmmaker was fascinated by his life story. He felt that it would be an interesting, intense and emotional story to tell. He approached Sanju to make a biopic on him. Sanju agreed as he felt that his life story needed to be told by someone sensitive, sympathetic and who has an understanding of what he’s been through in life. No other actor in Bollywood has led such a checkered life and career.”
The source adds that Raju and his writer Abhijat Joshi sat with the actor and worked out the script. It will be a bold and brutally honest film covering the actor’s tryst with the underworld, his relationship with his father Sunil Dutt, Sanju’s three marriages with Richa Sharma (and their daughter Trishala), Rhea Pillai and touching briefly on his present wife Manaayata (and their two children Shahran and Iqra). Adds the source, “Sanju, suggested Ranbir Kapoor’s name to play him as he is very fond of the Kapoor boy. They even worked out together at his personal gym on the ground level of Dutt’s high-rise in Bandra. Sanjay and Manaayata have complete creative control over the script and Raju will be showing the rushes to the actor at every point. Sanju is expected to make an entry during the end. How that will happen is all being worked out.”
Here’s what directors who have worked with and are friends with Dutt have to say about a biopuc being made on his life.
I would rather see a biopic on Sanju’s parents
I feel it’s too early to make a film on Sanju as he’s very much there. Biopics are on people who are no longer there. Sanju will be returning soon and starting his career all over again. This biopic would have been made better 20 years down the line. I would rather see a biopic on the trials and tribulations of his parents ” Nargis and Sunil Dutt. Having said that, the aspect of his life I would like to see in the film would be the 1993 riots and the impact they had on him and his family. It’s the trigger of where it all started. – Sanjay Gupta
I don’t know which aspect Raju is choosing to spotlight and that’s completely his choice. You never see a person as he is but as you are. Every writer-director’s perspective is unique.
You can write/do a film on a person from the outside. A good autobiography, memoir or biopic takes the audience into the heart of where the person lives, thrives, fails and suffers. Most of my films have been autobiographies. Biopics can be done as long as there’s a narrative to it. I am sure having worked closely with Sanju, Raju will be able to bring it out. The three pre-requisites for a powerful biopic is stature, affection for the person and skill and Raju has all these qualities. I don’t think you can separate the man from the circumstances in which he was born and those that shaped him. He is a unique guy in many ways ” son of a Hindu father (Sunil Dutt) and Muslim mother (Nargis), both huge, iconic stars in their own right. Sunil Dutt was one of the tallest of members of the film fraternity with unquestionable integrity. His courage to stare at challenges in the eye is something which is unparalleled. Folklore is full of his magnanimity. Both Nargis and Duttsaab lived the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb (the culture of the central plains of Northern India, which is regarded as a fusion of Hindu and Muslim elements) and into this household was born this boy. Sanju is one-of-his kind. I knew him in his most vulnerable and helpless times when he was a victim of substance abuse. I have seen him emerge from that abyss when he did Naam. He was the most passionate and driven actor that I have ever worked with. I worked with him in three extraordinary films “Sadak, Naam and Kabza.. When he went back to jail this time, not many people were with him as it was not deemed proper to be seen with a convicted man, but Sanju will never cease to be my friend because he’s termed an offender. I did what I thought was right. I have seen the person behind the star. He’s bigger than the image the media has about him. Sanjay is a very generous man and a true friend. He would give his life for a friend. I don’t know which aspect Raju is choosing to spotlight and that’s completely his choice. You never see a person as he is but as you are. Every writer-director’s perspective is unique. – Mahesh Bhatt
There’s a great story in him that needs to be told” unforeseen dramatics which becomes a good story ” his marriage, personal life, his stardom, rise and fall.
In his biopic, I would like to see the yearning I have always observed in him ” from a child to this age. I was in college when I heard that Duttsaab and Nargis had a son. I met him when he was 17 at Kishore Bajaj’s party and cast him and Tina Munim for Vidhata which was to release after Rocky. Sanju always had a very innocent face, interesting eyes and a great smile. When he smiles you forget all his faults. Today he still carries that child-like vulnerability on his face and at heart he’s still a child. Whatever mistakes he made were not as a criminal but out of his childlike attitude towards life. And that’s why today he’s still so charismatic and has the sympathy of the audience. He will return with flying colours. We have always shared a very beautiful bond and made some good films like Khalnayak and Trimurti. I have deep love and respect for Duttsaab and am very close to Sanju because of that. He too has lots of love and respect for me. There’s a great story in him that needs to be told – unforeseen dramatics which becomes a good story – his marriage, personal life, his stardom, rise and fall. It makes an interesting film but how the writer-director brings it out is completely up to him. – Subhash Ghai
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