Sanjay Dutt’s biopic ‘Sanju’ directed by Rajkumar Hirani had been an instant hit at the box office and with the audience. Ranbir Kapoor’s near perfection portrayal of Sanjay Dutt had the audience in awe. Despite all the love for the movie, there was a section of people who felt that the film was an attempt at showing Dutt as a victim of circumstances. Many, including critics and audience, called the film a propaganda and not an honest biopic.
Recently, in an interview with a news agency, the director Hirani and co-writer Abhijat Joshi had questions of their own.
The movie largely focuses on blaming the media for hampering the image of the ‘Vastav’ actor. Joshi said that there is no media bashing in the film and that they were only bashing a section which sensationalises things and use the question mark to spice up their content. The writer also said that he is amused that nobody even agreed that it happens.
In the film, there is a scene, where a newspaper article headline reads:"RDX in a truck parked in Dutt house?". Hirani reportedly said that if the world today believes that Dutt had possession of RDX, then it is because of this one article. Comparing this to showing corrupt police officers on screen, the director said that they do not imply that all police officers are corrupt.
Talking about claims surrounding whitewashing Sanju’s image, the director said that he has no idea what was whitewashed. He said that Sanjay had a gun and he served five years jail term and even admitted to it being a mistake, and all this has been shown in the film. While Joshi added that the actor’s crime has been represented graphically and has been clearly shown in the film.
Coming back to whitewashing Dutt’s image, Hirani reportedly said that he has also shown that Sanjay had 308 girlfriends, slept with his friend’s girlfriend and was also addicted to drugs. He further said that if they had to whitewash anyone's image then they would have made him Mahatma Gandhi.
Hirani sure left out some important people from Dutt’s life and focused on his version of his controversies, which at times were in contrast to the facts presented over the years. There was no mention of Dutt’s first two wives who had a very important role to play in his life and also his 30-year-old daughter Trishala.
'Sanju' is screening at the ninth edition of the International Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM).
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