Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has confirmed that Sanju, the Sanjay Dutt biopic will showcase not only the best of Sanjay Dutt, and he has made a conscious attempt not to make this film into a public relations exercise for him. At a recent interaction, Hirani faced some tough questions including the most important one of whether he is glorifying Sanjay Dutt, who's been convicted earlier by a court of law, for which he served a sentence too.
Rajkumar Hirani admitted that his intention was never to “project” Sanjay Dutt in a certain way. “First of all, there was never a compulsion on us to make this film. No one was telling us that we have to make this movie. It’s only then that you have this pressure. As filmmakers and writers, we are very greedy. We just want a story which is engaging. When we heard the story, we thought we should make this film and the first thing we told Sanju was, ‘We are going to make this film like this. Do you have the courage to see that? The way you told us your story, when we adapt it on screen, will you have any problem?’”
He went on to emphasise that this film will not be an ‘Ad film for Sanjay Dutt’.
“Sanjay is a brave guy. I don’t think there’s any actor who can open up about his life like he did and say, ‘Go, and make the film.’ Sanjay has been courageous. He hasn’t seen the whole film till now. I keep telling him to watch it, but he insists he would only watch it once it released. So, there was never that pressure of projecting someone. This is not an ad film,” Hirani, added. Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijaat Joshi asserted that Sanju is based on facts, although they have added drama elements to suit the big screen. “I don’t think we have added fiction but sometimes you do need to dramatise something or make a funny scene funnier. We just hear a situation. We don’t know what dialogues were exchanged between people. But the effort has been to make the whole film on facts. There is dramatisation and things like that,” Hirani said.
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