Fans of Ranbir Kapoor have been left spellbound after his look in Sanjay Dutt’s biopic ‘Sanju’ was revealed today in the first teaser.
Kapoor uncanny resemblance and mannerism to Dutt is what has surprised many. Talking at the teaser launch today, Dutt took to Skype to say (as cited in PinkVilla), “Mujhe abhi tak vishwas nai ho raha that a film is made on my life. I wish I could have been there with you all but I am shooting abroad. I have seen the scenes of the film and I can’t believe how Ranbir is looking like me. Raju, Munnabhai bhi Ranbir ko mat de dena.”
Meanwhile Rajkumar Hirani in a previous interview said, “Quite honestly, expectations are always there at this stage. I’m happy and excited, but nervous, too. Also, it is hard for me to be objective about my own work. You live with the movie for so long. You write it, then shoot it and edit it. There are so many internal and external processes involved.”
Asked why he decided to make a film on the life of Dutt, Hirani added, “I must tell you how I got attracted to it. I was writing Munnabhai. However, much earlier when I was penning PK, Sanjay was out on parole and I happened to meet him. He just started talking about his life. He was lonely. Maanayata (I think) was in the hospital and he used to go there (sometimes) and then come home to an empty house. So, he was just venting, speaking straight from the heart. And, he started giving me anecdotes that were just gems for a filmmaker… ki aisi film toh hum soch hi nahin sakte, likh hi nahin sakte… Even though I had worked with him, I wasn’t close friends with him, like, say, other filmmakers such as Sanjay Gupta, Mahesh Manjrekar and others were. I knew Sanju, but there was always a distance. He had never opened up like he did on that occasion. I had gone at 5 pm, stayed with him till 3 am and then came back home.”
He continued, “The next day when I was editing, he called me and asked me to come over. I think he wanted to talk. After that, I called Abhijat (writer Abhijat Joshi) and told him I’m hearing these crazy anecdotes, which even if I want to write, I don’t know how to go about it. The following day, I took Abhijat along. For over 25 days, we sat for a crazy amount of time and recorded everything. We didn’t know if there was a film because most of the things he recounted were anecdotal. I had no idea how to string them together. But what we did feel was that here was a man who had led such a crazy life in every way. He was coping with the loss of his mother, he had been to rehab for drug addiction, then he went to jail (sighs). Besides what he told me, I also met others who knew him — journalists, cops, relatives and friends. I felt there was a movie that should be told. The first thought that came to me was we will say it like it is. I told Sanju that we won’t glorify him and he was okay with it. He was like, jo bhi hai, banao.. He had talked about drugs, women, the gun, almost everything that happened. For a filmmaker, it’s like a goldmine.”
The film releases on 29th June 2018.