The Hairstylist family, Hakims and Sanjay Dutt’s family go long back in time. In 1981, when Dutt was making his Bollywood debut with Rocky, it was the legendary hairstylist Hakim Kairanvi who styled his hair. Thirty-seven years later, for the biopic Sanju, filmmaker Raju Hirani approached Kairanvi’s son and celebrated hairstylist Aalim Hakim who went on to style Ranbir Kapoor’s hair for the role of Sanjay Dutt in the film.
Ever since its release, the Sanju trailer has been creating waves. Along with marvelling at the illustrious life od Sanjay Dutt, fans can’t stop raving about how similar Ranbir looks to Dutt in the film. Mannerisms and the perfect body language aside, Ranbir looked every bit Sanjay, mimicking him to the very smallest of detail. Among the team working on Ranbir’s prosthetics and makeup for his Dutt avatar, was his trusted hairstylist Aalim from his Saawariya debut in 2007. Aalim describes the experience to PeepingMoon.com in an exclusive interview:
Your dad, Hakim Kairanvi, was close to Sunil Dutt saab…
My father was close to the Dutt family – both Sunil Dutt and Sanjay. Not many in Bollywood know, but Sanjay’s mundane (religious tonsuring) was done by my father.
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I have been working with Ranbir since Saawariya in 2007. I also style Sanjay’s hair every once in a while. I have this album in which I have put all the pictures of these guys. Ranbir informed me a year ago about the biopic being made on Sanjay Dutt. I was very excited. It was nostalgic to recreate Sanjay’s iconic looks. We started trails for his look from Sanjay’s various films and it took us 22 days to finalize Ranbir’s different avatars. From the length of the hair to the texture, we worked on many different aspects of hairstyling.
Must have been difficult…
Not for me because I have also been Sanjay’s hairstylist for many years now. But yes, it was a challenge. We tried a lot of things. The difficult part was to create the receding hairline for Ranbir and give him a broad forehead. The important aspect was to keep the density and color of the hair similar. Like the colour Sanjay was using in Munna Bhai, the long locks of Saajan, all these aspects were challenging. But the hairstyle Sanjay sported when he was out of the jail on parole, the blond Mohawk ponytail, stands out. So we also did the same blond chunk of hair on Ranbir.
Interestingly, when we started rehearsals, we didn’t include the blond chunk, but after much thought, we included the ponytail and the results were bang on. It was great fun but also an emotional experience.
How did the Rocky moment in Sanju happen?
The day we started the Rocky look test, I told Ranbir how my father Kairanvi created the look for Sanjay’s debut film in 1981. It was a proud moment for me to recreate the same look for Ranbir in 2018. I showed him pictures of my father and Sanjay from the sets of Rocky. It was Ranbir’s idea that we recreate the picture by giving the same poses that my father and Sanjay did 37 years ago. That’s how this picture happened.
The original image
The recerated image
Well, it looks like all the efforts have truly paid off. Ranbir looks every bit Sanjay Dutt in the trailer and we’re sure he’ll make a huge impact on screen too.
Note: This article is reproduced with permission from Peepingmoon.com