When Vidhu Chopra wanted Ranveer and not Ranbir to play Sanjay Dutt
After watching the entertaining yet emotional trailer of the much-awaited biopic ‘Sanju’, we were convinced that no could portray Sanjay Dutt better than Ranbir Kapoor. But, the producer of the film Vidhu Vinod Chopra initially wasn’t happy with director Rajkumar Hirani’s decision to cast Ranbir.
In his recent interview with The Telegraph, when asked how they ended up taking Ranbir Kapoor on board for this film, Vidhu revealed, “It was Raju’s (Rajkumar Hirani) idea to cast Ranbir. When he told me about Ranbir, I wasn’t happy at all. I thought someone else, like Ranveer Singh, could play this role much better. I thought Ranveer had the flamboyance, the emotional depth as well as the ability to change himself completely to play Sanjay Dutt”.
“But Raju was adamant that Ranbir would be perfect. And when we started shooting and Ranbir became Sanjay Dutt, I had to kind of eat my words. I think I can best sum this up by saying that Ranbir has become Sanjay Dutt both in swagger and soul”.
The Producer/Filmmaker expressed that the sense of responsibility while making this biopic was even more since he knows the Dutt family for quite a long time now. He shared, “The stories that Sanju has told us are mind-boggling. We were like, ‘Are you sure you want the world to know this about you?!’ He had no problems with it, so why should we? Sanju wants the world to know his story and honestly, I don’t think we are answerable to him at all”.
“We are answerable to the people who will come to watch this film we have to give them a good film. We have, of course, taken cinematic liberties and added some fictional bits, but Sanjay Dutt is well aware of all that”.
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