Finally, Bolly-buffs got the glimpse of Sanjay Dutt's biopic, thanks to the smashing teaser of Sanju, featuring Ranbir Kapoor. In the teaser, we see Ranbir in five different avatars, all speaking to viewers directly in a tone of defiance about how Sanjay Dutt bounced back when the odds were heavily stacked against him. From Ranbir's Dutt-driven expressions, it is hard to make out whether he is doing a tongue-in-cheek takeoff on Dutt or a reverent imitation. Ranbir was asked, out of the six chapters of Sanjay's life, which one was difficult to portray. "The difficult one which I did not expect was the young Sanju because there were a lot of facets that we had to show. First, the drugs then coming out of it, then his mother's death and the most fun was Munna Bhai phase. I enjoyed doing it," he said
Sanju is a biographical drama, written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film is based on the life of actor Sanjay Dutt, a star who broke laws, did drugs until his lungs collapsed, had, according to the teaser, 308 girlfriends, and much more. Hirani said the audience can expect to know some hidden facets of the life of Sanjay, whose tryst with drugs and time in jail has been widely spoken about. "As a filmmaker, I took chapters that interested me, but I am always interested in human stories. So I wrote the story of father-son, friendship... These are the stories that people do not know because the rest is all out there," added the filmmaker
Sanju will be showcasing six phases of Sanjay Dutt's life, however, it has been fictionalised, Hirani said. "It is not possible to show a 55-year-old journey in two or two-and-a-half-hours. We had to let go of certain parts," he said. Vidhu Vinod Chopra said, "We didn't want any controversial stuff in the film. What we have done is... presented it with a message. Once the message is clear, the whole film revolves around it."
Amongst many, this scene where Ranbir Kapoor as Sanju begging on streets came as a shocker. Expect an interesting turn of events here, that made Dutt beg of streets! "The experience of life, right from being involved in drugs, my mother's death, the death of my (first) wife (Richa Sharma), and the jail episode...the problems I have gone through helped me in one way - I can now play any character comfortably because I have seen so much," Sanjay Dutt said
Son of legendary yesteryear actors Sunil and Nargis Dutt, Sanjay Dutt never believed in succumbing to life's hardships - even when he was convicted for illegal possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts. "People shouldn't give up. Everyone should be strong within and have faith in god. Whatever happens to anyone, it's His will. I have no complaints. I had my share of ups and downs and overcame everything with a smile on my face. I will keep working, and will keep working hard," he said with conviction. Expect some hard-hitting emotional drama inside the jail in Sanju!
Sanjay Dutt first married actress Richa Sharma in 1987. Their daughter Trishala was born in 1989, who currently stays in the US. Unfortunately, Richa died of brain tumour in 1996. Dutt then married model Rhea Pillai in 1998, but separated in 2005. However, Sanjay finally found solace in personal life when he tied the knot with Maanayata in 2008, after dating her for two years. She gave birth to a girl (Iqra) and a boy (Shahraan) in October 2010. Well, it would be interesting to see these events in the Ranbir starrer
Manisha Koirala will be portraying the late actress Nargis Dutt in Sanju. Sanjay Dutt had not cried when his mother Nargis died and for three long years his wounds were festering when suddenly he got tapes of his mother's dying wish and finally burst out crying. Nargis died on May 3, 1981 of cancer just before the release of Sanjay's film Rocky
Dia Mirza will be seen playing the role of Sanjay Dutt's wife Manyata in Sanju. After a court marriage on February 8, 2008, the actor married Maanayata as per Hindu rituals three days later
Did he make any special observations about Sanjay Dutt to portray him better on-screen Ranbir Kapoor said, "I have always been a Sanjay Dutt fan. For me, it was a fan trying to play his icon. So I think the hardest thing I did was to give myself the confidence that I can play this man. "When Raju sir told me about this film, I didn't have the confidence because I thought I wouldn't be able to do it. I don't have the courage, don't have the understanding or the acting chops to do it. This is not an acting gig for me. I haven't tried to show good acting, bad acting or showcase my talent. I think it was just the opportunity to be part of a story of a person who I consider to be my icon."
Since this is the first time that Rajkumar Hirani has made a biopic, that too on a controversial celebrity like Sanjay Dutt, who is not only successful and inspirational as a film star but has also had a controversial past, Hirani found it tough. "I think biopic is a totally different monster altogether because you don't have a total control over it. When you write a fresh script, a regular story, you have control over it. It is your story... you can turn the flow of your characters in whichever way you want. That's not the case with a biopic. I think we would not have been able to write the story from our imagination, and the best thing is that Sanjay has given us the access to his story and all the anecdotes. So during the making of the film, the journey was more of how to string those stories into one," Hirani told media, at Sanju's teaser launch
Paresh Rawal will be playing Sunil Dutt in Sanju. Though earlier it was Jackie Shroff, who was signed for the role. "It is obvious that I can't look like Dutt saab, but I am watching a few old videos and films to learn his mannerisms, especially the way he moved his hands while talking to people, and emulate his sly smile. He was a strong but shy man. It is going to be one of my toughest roles ever. But all of that after I get picked for the part," Jackie had earlier said
Dia will be playing Sanjay Dutt's wife Maanayata Dutt in Sanju. Sanjay Dutt has time and again mentioned how supportive his wife has been throughout his tough times. Sanjay had mentioned, earlier saying, "The biggest gift god has given me is my wife Maanayata. She has stood by me and supported me unconditionally. I'm very lucky to have her by side."
Watch out for Karishma Tanna in Sanju, who will have a cameo in the film. She is doing a guest appearance but will share screen space with Ranbir Kapoor. Though she is not exactly playing Sanjay Dutt’s love interest, Tanna is one of his encounters
A couple of months ago, a still from the sets of Sanju had gone viral. Manisha's picture was spitting image of late actress Nargis Dutt's younger version. Talking about her looks in the movie, Manisha had earlier said, "We did a couple of tests, from when she had short hair to when she had long hair. I think we have got the look somewhere closer to how Nargis Ji looked and I am quite kicked about it. Yes, I am excited about it." Late actor Nargis Dutt's daughter Priya Dutt even gifted Manisha 'Mr and Mrs Dutt, Memories of Our Parents', a book by Namrata Dutt Kumar and Priya to help her ace the role of her mother on screen
Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan's friendship stories are no less popular in the industry. In Sanju, Jim Sarbh is likely to play Salman Khan, though there has been no official confirmation on the same. Jim has previously delivered excellent work with films like 'Padmaavat', 'Raabta' and 'Neerja'. What's in store this time around, Jim?
The teaser of Sanju released yesterday and Ranbir Kapoor's seamless transformation into Sanjay Dutt has been appreciated by his fans and naysayers alike. The biopic, which also stars Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Paresh Rawal and Manisha Koirala in prominent roles, sees Ranbir Kapoor sport six different looks as he traces Dutt's journey from a 22-year-old debutant in Rocky (1981) to his release from jail in 2016. Let's take a deep dive into Sanju!