Troubled star kid Sanjay Dutt’s biopic ‘Sanju‘ starring Ranbir Kapoor is breaking records on the box office. Racing towards 300 crores, Rajkumar Hirani directed biopic is going houseful and is also winning hearts of the masses. Ranbir’s antics as Sanjay brought smiles to faces whereas emotional scenes with Paresh Rawal portraying Sunil Dutt made eyes misty. Ranbir Kapoor’s portrayal of Sanjay Dutt is being raved upon by public and critics alike however, many cannot help but think that the movie is nothing but a medium to whitewash Sanju Baba’s tarnished image.
It is no secret that Rajkumar Hirani and Sanjay Dutt are very good friends. In fact, when Sanjay Dutt was imprisoned, besides the Dutt family Hirani was the most shaken. No wonder director Rajkumar Hirani has been accused of making ‘Sanju’ in order to show Sanjay Dutt as a victim of circumstances—a good person who made bad choices and repented for it. Seems eerily similar to Sanjay’s most loved character ‘Munna Bhai’, does it not?
Finally, Sanjay Dutt has broken his silence on these accusations.
In an interview with India TV Sanjay Dutt cleared the air around ‘Sanju’ being an attempt to whitewash his image, “I just want to say that Munna Bhai was already made, that avatar was already out. I don’t think anyone would spend Rs 30-40 crore to change his image. That is too much of an amount. I have told the truth and the truth has been accepted by India, and the box office collection shows that.”
When asked if Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanjay Dutt is anywhere close to the Sanjay’s actual personality, the actor swiftly replied, “Why do you think so many people love me? There is nothing dark about me. Growing up the way I did – it was no different than a usual teenager or youngster.There was nothing special about being Mr Sunil Dutt’s son. I made mistakes – a little more. I even went to jail for it which I don’t regret.”
Whilst being the biggest opener of 2018 in India, ‘Sanju’ is creating ripples at the international box-office as well. In the meanwhile, Ranbir Kapoor is busy filming for ‘Brahmastra’ alongside his girlfriend Alia Bhatt whereas we will next see Sanjay Dutt in ‘Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3’.