May 252018
 

Saawariya’ pair Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor are back and how! The duo made their Bollywood debut together in 2007 with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Saawariya’ and spread winsome charm with their chemistry. Unfortunately, the two actors had not teamed up for any film post that. However, Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Sanju’ will once again bring Sonam and Ranbir together on screen. Here’s a glimpse of their characters from the film.

As promised, Hirani took to Twitter on Friday and shared a new poster featuring Ranbir and Sonam and captioned it

A still from #Sanju's crazy romantic love life! #SanjuTrailer out in 5 days on May 30th. #RanbirKapoor @VVCFilms @foxstarhindi @sonamakapoor pic.twitter.com/1ZE0Sa1oo7

— Rajkumar Hirani (@RajkumarHirani) May 25, 2018

The two seem to be having a whale of a time enjoying each other’s company. From what it looks like, Sonam plays RK’s love interest in his younger days as Sanju.

Well, it sure would be interesting to see the duo team up for a full-fledged film soon, isn’t it?

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May 232018
 

Aamir Khan, who has clocked 30 years in the film industry, finds Ranbir Kapoor a good actor and he is confident he must have done well in Sanju

Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan says he was offered to play the role of late Sunil Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju, the upcoming biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, but he refused it only because he wanted to essay the title character. Aamir interacted with the media on Wednesday. Asked if he was offered to play the role of Sunil Dutt, he said, “He (Hirani) approached me with the script and I loved it. He wanted me to play Dutt saab’s role. It is a fantastic role and the story is largely on the father-son relationship. But Sanju’s role is unbelievable.”

“So as an actor, I told Raju that Sanjay Dutt‘s role is so wonderful that it won my heart. So in this film I can’t do any other role but Sanjay Dutt’s, which of course I cannot do because Ranbir (Kapoor) is playing it. So, do not offer me anything.” Aamir Khan, who has clocked 30 years in the film industry, finds Ranbir Kapoor a good actor and he is confident he must have done well in the film.

“I cannot wait to watch the film now,” said Aamir, who has worked closely with Hirani in films like 3 Idiots and PK. In real life, Aamir shared a strong bond with Sunil Dutt. Reminiscing some fond memories of the late actor, he said, “He always sent me telegrams in those days to wish me on Diwali, Eid, birthday… If my film did well, he sent me a congratulations note.”

What was his favourite memory of Sunil Dutt? Aamir said, “During the riots of 1993, the Hindi film industry took a delegation to the then Chief Minister to stop the riots. Around 40 people went to the CM’s office. After that, we decided that since no immediate action had been taken, we will sit under the statue of Mahatma Gandhi near Mantralaya. All 40 of us came and sat under the statue and we decided until the violence stops, we won’t move from there.”

“For the night, we decided to continue it rotationally. So on the first time, Dutt Saab, Yash Chopra, Johnny Walker, I and one of the film producers, we all sat down together at night under the Gandhi statue. We spent the whole night there… Of course, the next day people came and by the evening the CM took some action. But for me, it was a memorable night where I was listening to the stories of their journey from Dutt saab and Johnny Walker. I remember that night very clearly. He was a very strong, dignified and gentle person.”

Aamir confirmed he was producing the slain Indian music mogul Gulshan Kumar’s biopic with Bhushan Kumar.

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May 162018
 

Sanjay Dutt is said to be returning to production with the Hindi remake of the Telugu film Prasthanam (2010) after almost a decade

Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt is said to be returning to production with the Hindi remake of the Telugu film Prasthanam (2010) after almost a decade. The actor seems to have forgotten that five years ago, he had produced a comic caper, Hasmukh Pighal Gaya, which never saw the light of day. The film, starring Dutt and Jackie Shroff, had Amitabh Bachchan crooning a number. Sejal Shah’s directorial venture was about an alcoholic on the road to sobriety. The project, though complete, lies stuck in the cans. Some things are better forgotten.

Meanwhile, Sanjay Dutt is all set to play the ruthless, merciless villain in Yash Raj Film’s period action-adventure Shamshera. He will be pitted against Ranbir Kapoor in the mega action spectacle. Interestingly, Shamshera will be Sanjay’s first ever film with YRF.

Also read: Sanjay Dutt is Ranbir Kapoor’s nemesis in action-adventure Shamshera

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May 132018
 

This was the first time Sanjay Dutt was handcuffed and brought in public, the poster is an exact replica of the same

Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor in Sanju’s new poster

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani released the last look poster of Sanju starring Ranbir Kapoor when Sanjay Dutt. The poster depicts Dutt’s first arrest in 1993 after a non-bailable warrant was issued against him.

This particular look went viral after the release of the teaser. The poster replicates Sanjay Dutt’s first public arrest . Ranbir Kapoor is seen wearing a white kurta with blue jeans. He’s also sporting a messy hair kept and beard.

Director Rajkumar Hirani released the poster and wrote, “Sanju was first arrested in 1993. In prison for 18 months. Could not get bail. A recreation of that time. #RanbirKapoor #RajkumarHiraniFilms @VVCFilms @foxstarhindi (sic).”

Sanju was first arrested in 1993. In prison for 18 months. Could not get bail. A recreation of that time. #RanbirKapoor #RajkumarHiraniFilms @VVCFilms @foxstarhindi pic.twitter.com/JOL2W3pQaO

— Rajkumar Hirani (@RajkumarHirani)
May 12, 2018

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has been treating the audience to different posters from the movie where he is revealing different phases of Sanjay Dutt’s life.

Based on the life of Sanjay Dutt, Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju showcases the various facets of the yesteryear actor’s life. The teaser has garnered immense appreciation for the exact portrayal of Sanjay Dutt’s life. Ranbir Kapoor has been showered with praises for his amazing transformation into each phase the movie.

One of the most anticipated films of the year, ‘Sanju’ became the most talked about topic on the internet with the release of the teaser. In no time, the video became trending on not just Youtube but also Facebook and Instagram. The film will also star an ensemble cast in addition to Ranbir Kapoor which includes Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Sonam Kapoor and Dia Mirza amongst others.

Produced by Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films in association with Fox Star Studios. Sanju is all set to be released on 29th June 2018.

Also Read: Sanjay Dutt Is Ranbir Kapoor’s Nemesis In Action-Adventure Shamshera

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May 102018
 

Amidst Sanjay Dutt’s biopic up for release, essayed by Ranbir Kapoor, the makers of Yash Raj Films have surprised their fans by announcing Shamshera. Sanjay Dutt will be seen in a negative role in this film opposite Ranbir Kapoor

Sanjay Dutt and Ranbir Kapoor
Sanjay Dutt and Ranbir Kapoor

In what can be called the ultimate casting coup, director Karan Malhotra has got Sanjay Dutt to play the ruthless, merciless villain in Yash Raj Film’s period action-adventure Shamshera! He will be pitted against Ranbir Kapoor in the mega action spectacle. Interestingly, Shamshera will be Sanjay’s first ever film with YRF.

Talking about it Sanjay Dutt said, “My father and Yash uncle were very close friends and now that I’m doing my first YRF film, it is an extremely emotional moment for me. When I heard Karan’s idea to pit Ranbir against me, I thought it was just brilliant. I’m looking forward to shooting this incredibly exciting film, my second with the hugely talented Karan Malhotra.”

On the other hand, director Karan Malhotra says, “Shamshera is a highly ferocious and fearless character in the film. Therefore his nemesis, the villain had to be even more fierce and monumental in every aspect. Who’s better than Sanjay Sir to give us that impact on screen.”

This high-octane adventure film is set in the heartland of India and will have jaw-dropping action sequences and a never seen before Ranbir Kapoor.

Here is the teaser of the film Shamshera:

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Shamshera is set to go on floors end of this year and shooting will wrap by mid-2019.

Also Read: Sanju New Poster Marks The Anniversary Of Sanjay Dutt’s Debut Film Rocky

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May 102018
 

Amidst Sanjay Dutt’s biopic up for release, essayed by Ranbir Kapoor, the makers of Yash Raj Films have surprised their fans by announcing Shamshera. Sanjay Dutt will be seen in a negative role in this film opposite Ranbir Kapoor

In what can be called the ultimate casting coup, director Karan Malhotra has got Sanjay Dutt to play the ruthless, merciless villain in Yash Raj Film’s period action-adventure Shamshera! He will be pitted against Ranbir Kapoor in the mega action spectacle. Interestingly, Shamshera will be Sanjay’s first ever film with YRF.

Talking about it Sanjay Dutt said, “My father and Yash uncle were very close friends and now that I’m doing my first YRF film, it is an extremely emotional moment for me. When I heard Karan’s idea to pit Ranbir against me, I thought it was just brilliant. I’m looking forward to shooting this incredibly exciting film, my second with the hugely talented Karan Malhotra.”

On the other hand, director Karan Malhotra says, “Shamshera is a highly ferocious and fearless character in the film. Therefore his nemesis, the villain had to be even more fierce and monumental in every aspect. Who’s better than Sanjay Sir to give us that impact on screen.”

This high-octane adventure film is set in the heartland of India and will have jaw-dropping action sequences and a never seen before Ranbir Kapoor.

Shamshera is set to go on floors end of this year and shooting will wrap by mid-2019.

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May 032018
 

Prosthetic artist Dr Suresh Murkey on how 35-year-old Ranbir Kapoor transformed into 58-year-old Sanjay Dutt for Sanju

Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt
Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt

Days after Ranbir Kapoor unveiled the teaser of Sanju, prosthetic specialist Dr Suresh Murkey has been showered with praise yet again. The renowned artiste has been credited for his finery in films like Guru (Abhishek Bachchan), The Dirty Picture (Vidya Balan), and Tanu Weds Manu Returns (Kangana Ranaut). This time, however, a solo film has enabled him to create four distinct looks for Kapoor, so that the latter can resemble Sanjay Dutt over the years.

Ranbir Kapoor's different looks in Sanju
Ranbir Kapoor’s different looks in Sanju

One assumes it must have taken multiple meetings with Dutt for Murkey to have memorised such nitty-gritties of his appearance. However, the artiste says that an interaction with the actor is still pending. “Rajkumar Hirani [director] gave me some photographs of Dutt through different stages of his life. It was based on the pictures that I designed Ranbir’s prosthetics. I took four sets of measurements of Ranbir’s face in order to minimise any scope of error,” says Murkey.

Dr Murkey
Dr Murkey

In a bid to replicate a young Dutt from the ’90s, Murkey worked on the lower half of Kapoor’s face. “I needed to make Ranbir’s jaw bone look different to resemble Dutt’s, and make his cheeks look puffy, especially near the lips. In order to add age to his face for the latter part of the film, prosthetics were worn on the upper part of his mouth so that his cheeks could look fuller near the nose and below the eyes,” he says, pointing out that his cue was the Bhoomi actor’s look when he was leaving jail. The prosthetics, he informs, were made out of acrylic and a mix that is used in dentures.

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May 012018
 

Sanjay Dutt has been posting snapshots from the shoot on Instagram

Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt on Torbaaz sets in Kyrgyztan

Sanjay Dutt has resumed shooting for Girish Malik’s Torbaaz in Kyrgyztan. After a stint of shooting last year in the central Asian country, there was buzz that the film was riddled with production issues. The project is now back on track. Dutt has been posting snapshots from the shoot on Instagram. He celebrated the birthday of one of the child actors, Wahib Iqbal Kapadia, on the set recently.

With the teaser of Sanju having released last week, Ranbir Kapoor‘s seamless transformation into Sanjay Dutt has been appreciated by his fans and naysayers alike. While director Rajkumar Hirani was convinced that only Kapoor could do justice to the multi-dimensional character, the actor revealed that he was initially hesitant about taking up the role.

“When Raju sir [Hirani] told me about this film, my first instinct was that I won’t be able to do this. I felt I didn’t have the courage and the acting chops to pull off this role. This is not just an acting gig for me. I took up this film as an opportunity to be part of a story of someone whom I consider my icon,” said Ranbir Kapoor of the project that will arguably go on to become one of the landmark films of his career.

Although he knew Sanjay Dutt socially, Kapoor said the script brought to the fore the different facets of the star that he was otherwise unaware about. “As a family friend, I have always known a different Sanjay Dutt. As his fan, I knew him as a style icon, knew his mannerisms and his swag. But when I read the script, it shocked me. From his drug [abuse] to his terrorism controversy, from his equation with his father [Sunil Dutt] to how the passing away of his mother [Nargis Dutt] affected him, everything shocked me.”

The biopic, which also stars Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Paresh Rawal and Manisha Koirala in prominent roles, sees 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. Talking about the physical transformation that he had to undergo for different portions of the movie, Kapoor said, “The shooting of the film was spaced out, so we had enough time to prepare. After every segment, I almost had a month to prepare for the next avatar. So, in that sense, it wasn’t difficult at all.”

Also view – Sanju poster 3: Rajkumar Hirani perfectly recaptures Sanjay Dutt walking out of jail in this one

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Apr 242018
 

As teaser of Sanju receives appreciation, Ranbir Kapoor on how he was hesitant to take on Sanjay Dutt’s role for biopic

Ranbir Kapoor at Sanju teaser launch. Pic/Shadab Khan
Ranbir Kapoor at Sanju teaser launch. Pic/Shadab Khan

With the teaser of Sanju having released yesterday, Ranbir Kapoor’s seamless transformation into Sanjay Dutt has been appreciated by his fans and naysayers alike. While director Rajkumar Hirani was convinced that only Kapoor could do justice to the multi-dimensional character, the actor revealed that he was initially hesitant about taking up the role.

“When Raju sir [Hirani] told me about this film, my first instinct was that I won’t be able to do this. I felt I didn’t have the courage and the acting chops to pull off this role. This is not just an acting gig for me. I took up this film as an opportunity to be part of a story of someone whom I consider my icon,” said Ranbir Kapoor of the project that will arguably go on to become one of the landmark films of his career.

Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

Although he knew Dutt socially, Kapoor said the script brought to the fore the different facets of the star that he was otherwise unaware about. “As a family friend, I have always known a different Sanjay Dutt. As his fan, I knew him as a style icon, knew his mannerisms and his swag. But when I read the script, it shocked me. From his drug [abuse] to his terrorism controversy, from his equation with his father [Sunil Dutt] to how the passing away of his mother [Nargis Dutt] affected him, everything shocked me.”

The biopic, which also stars Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Paresh Rawal and Manisha Koirala in prominent roles, sees 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. Talking about the physical transformation that he had to undergo for different portions of the movie, Kapoor said, “The shooting of the film was spaced out, so we had enough time to prepare. After every segment, I almost had a month to prepare for the next avatar. So, in that sense, it wasn’t difficult at all.”

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Mid-day says: Sanju teaser a stunner
“Apna life full saap seedi ka board hai — kabhi up toh kabhi down,” says Ranbir Kapoor right at the onset of Sanju teaser. No whitewashing or glorifying here; if the teaser is any indication, for Sanju, director Rajkumar Hirani goes back to what he does best — say life’s simple truths with a pinch of comedy. While Abhijat Joshi and Hirani’s sharp scripts may have been the star of their previous outings, the sole star of the biopic is Kapoor. He slips into the character effortlessly — from being the burly-framed, long-haired Dutt of the early ’90s who lives life with abandon, to the slightly hunched 58-year-old incarcerated actor who has learnt life lessons the hard way. With Sanju, Kapoor may get that elusive hit. But more importantly, Dutt may get the perfect comeback film, even without featuring in it.

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Mar 182018
 

An excerpt from Yasser Usman’s Sanjay Dutt: The Crazy Untold Story of Bollywood’s Bad Boy makes some interesting revelations

Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt

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.

This is among many anecdotes about the ‘original bad boy’ of Bollywood mentioned in a new book on him.

In Sanjay Dutt: The Crazy Untold Story of Bollywood’s Bad Boy, Yasser Usman tells Sanjay’s story – the good, the bad and, at times, the disastrously absurd, the conflicts, the mistakes, the many heartbreaking tragedies, and the overwhelming triumphs.

The book, published by Juggernaut, talks about Sanjay’s ladies, his craziest moments like doing drugs, drinking the blood of a monitor lizard and shooting inside his home one unhinged night.

Nargis died on May 3, 1981 of cancer just before the release of Sanjay’s film Rocky.

“Sanjay had not cried when his mother died. It had been three long years since Nargis had passed away but Sanjay’s wounds were still festering,” Usman writes.

Sanjay was at that at a drugs rehab centre in the US. Father Sunil Dutt sent him some tapes of Nargis talking during her final days so as to help him in his rehab.

“When Sanjay got the tapes from Sunil he had no idea what was on them. He pressed play and suddenly the room was filled with Nargis’s voice. He remembered his childhood, when his mother’s voice would reverberate through the Dutt mansion,” the book says.

His mother’s voice was weak, broken and in immense pain.

But Nargis still spoke of her dreams for her beloved son, and gave him some gentle advice.

“More than anything, Sanju¿ Keep your humility. Keep your character. Never show off. Always be humble and always respect the elders. That is the thing that is going to take you far. And that is going to give you strength in your work¿,” Nargis said.

Sanjay heard his mother’s voice and realised how much she loved him and cared about him.

“I burst out crying and I cried and cried¿ I cried continuously for four days . . . I think till then I hadn’t grieved for her when she passed away. So her voice and those tapes changed everything in my life,” the book quotes Sanjay as saying.

“He knew that he had to rebuild his life. For a moment he felt his mother had come back from the dead to save him. The incident was a turning point in Sanjay’s life. His mother’s weak yet loving voice cast light where there had been darkness. Confident that his mother was watching over him, Sanjay started to take his treatment seriously. The healing truly began,” Usman writes.

According to the author, Sanjay’s life is a story of epic proportions.

He goes to describe other titbits like almost a decade before the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Sanjay was involved in a shooting spree in posh Pali Hill for which he was even arrested. Also he once smuggled heroin into the US and at the height of his addiction, one evening he hallucinated that his father Sunil was melting, and on another occasion that his sister Priya was a gurkha.

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