Finally after Pk Rajkumar Hirani’s dream project Sanjay Dutt’s biopic went on to the floors today. Ranbir Kapoor will step into sanjay dutt’s shoes and the story will span over thirty years. Rajkumar Hirani also tweeted about the 1st short.“It goes on the floors today, January 14, and Sanjay Dutt will give the clap. We are one big family. We hope to wrap it up by June and are targeting a Christmas 2017 release,” shared Rajkumar Hirani with media persons, breaking his silence for months.
Rajkumar Hirani also reminisced his first meeting with Sanjay Dutt for the film. When Sanjay Dutt was on parole, Rajkumar Hirani went around 5pm and stayed till 3am, listening to Sanjay Dutt talk about his unusual life, mesmerized. This continued for 25 days. Reportedly, by the time Sanjay Dutt returned to jail, Rajkumar Hirani had 200 hours of recorded conversations with him and no intentions of turning it into a film. But Rajkumar Hirani asked his writer-partner Abhijat Joshi to come Mumbai immediately and after Sanjay Dutt had given him permission to tell his story truthfully, without glorifying him, started working on the script, cross-checking every detail.
“It’s not a film about guns, drugs and the underworld. It’s a feel-good film about a father-son relationship with Paresh Rawal playing Sunil Dutt and Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt, A buddy film with Sanju’s many friends adding up to one from the US, played by Vicky Kaushal,” Rajkumar Hirani informed to the press. Anushka Sharma will be seen as a journalist, Sonam Kapoor will sum up all the women Sanjay has loved and Jim Sarbh will also be there in the film. The hunt for an actress to play Nargis is on.
Ranbir Kapoor is perfect to play Sanjay Dutt says Rajkumar Hirani:
“Ranbir Kapoor has to put on a few more kilos before losing it all.The first time I saw him in get-up, I thought it was Sanju. I clicked him and sent it across to Sanju who wondered why I was sending him his own pictures,” Rajkumar Hirani added.