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

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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 132018

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

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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

— 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 012018

Sanjay Dutt has been posting snapshots from the shoot on Instagram

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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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Jan 052018

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani’s much-awaited biopic of Sanjay Dutt will now release on June 29. Director Rajkumar Hirani will be directing the no holds barred, Ranbir Kapoor starrer Dutt biopic after the blockbuster hit PK

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Ranbir Kapoor’s look in Sanjay Dutt’s biopic by Rajkumar Hirani.

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani‘s much-awaited biopic of Sanjay Dutt will now release on June 29. Director Rajkumar Hirani will be directing the no holds barred, Ranbir Kapoor starrer Dutt biopic after the blockbuster hit PK that not only won hearts but broke major records in 2014. The controversial life of Superstar Sanjay Dutt will be brought to screen by Rajkumar Hirani in the no hold barred story of the film. The Ranbir Kapoor starrer has been the talk of the town ever since the film was announced owing to multiple reasons.

The audience has been always intrigued to witness a Rajkumar Hirani directorial, is the biopic of the prominent actor Sanjay Dutt has added to the excitement. The cherry on the top is the portrayal by Ranbir Kapoor who has time and again proved his acting prowess in multiple films. Rajkumar Hirani is particularly known for his entertaining yet intriguing storylines, it will be interesting to know how the filmmaker presents the controversial life of Sanjay Dutt on screen.

The Sanjay Dutt biopic has been the matter of discussions as the audience holds keen interest to witness the film, the initial looks of Ranbir Kapoor striking uncanny resemblance has got everyone all the more excited. Starring an ensemble cast of Ranbir Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal, Anushka Sharma, Dia Mirza and Sonam Kapoor amongst others, the film is undoubtedly one of the most awaited flicks of the year.

Presented by Fox Star, the untitled Dutt biopic is directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani and is slated to release on  June 29, 2018

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Oct 192017

ranbir_sanjayAce director Rajkumar Hirani who is helming the untitled biopic on Sanjay Dutt has kept everything about the film under wraps.

Recently, some images of Ranbir Kapoor in his character of Sanjay Dutt were leaked from the sets which raised everyone’s eyebrows.

The leaked looks of Ranbir Kapoor from the film have created immense curiosity and anticipation amongst Ranbir Kapoor’s and Sanjay Dutt’s fans.

The excitement level of the fans is so much that they have resorted to creating their version of posters for the much-awaited film. Ranbir Kapoor will be seen in a totally different avatar in the film where he will be playing the reellife, Sanjay Dutt.

The actor has undergone a tremendous transformation for his role in the film. The talented actor has learnedthe nuances and accent of Sanjay Dutt very well apart from the physical transformation Ranbir underwent for the role.

Ranbir had adopted Dutt’s unique strut for the film by watching almost 200 hours of footage, transformed himself physically and also sported a wig to properly resemble the actor’s iconic 90’s mane.

Ranbir’s transformation into the character of Sanjay Dutt has proved one thing that the actor has done justice to the role.

Oct 122017

Rajkumar Hirani his making one of the most ambitious projects of his film career- the Sanjay Dutt biopic. Ranbir Kapoor has stuck out his neck for portraying Sanjay Dutt on the big screen and trying to humanise him. Ranbir has undergone several physical transformations as well. Even Sonam Kapoor shot for an extensive portion in New York for the film. She is touted to play the role of Madhuri Dixit, who had a torrid affair with Sanjay Dutt in the 90s. However, one person is clearly a bit salty about her role and portrayal. That happens to be Maanayata Dutt, third wife of Sanjay Dutt.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, we hear that Hirani has not intimated her about the screentime her character will get, or what role she will play in the film. A nervous Maanyata, we hear, has been calling all and sundry (including Ranbir Kapoor), trying to get more info on the movie. The part of Maanayata Dutt will be played by Dia Mirza and ironically she only has good things to say about her role. “I believe Maanayata is someone who has a strong sense of self. Ranbir has transformed himself into Sanjay totally but I don’t think others need to do the same. I have interacted with her over the years and I think she is the anchor in Sanjay’s life. But I have perceived Maanayata through the wonderful writing (by Abhijat and Raju) that’s been written about her.”

The Dutt biopic has a stellar star cast comprising of Manisha Koirala playing Nargis Dutt, Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt and Vicky Kaushal as a close aide of Sanjay. The film is set to release in 2018. Sanjay Dutt has led quite a controversial life right from being accused of holding illegal arms and ammunition in his home during 1993 Mumbai blasts to battling drug addiction and multiple marriages.

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Aug 032017

Ranbir KapoorRanbir Kapoor’s beefed up look

Ranbir Kapoor, who has always surprised his audience with his acting skills, is all set to hit the big screen again with Sanjay Dutt’s biopic. In one of the leaked pictures, the ‘Jagga Jasoos’ actor seems to have sweat it hard in the gym for his next as a massive body transformation can be seen.

Earlier in an interview he had said that he is keeping his ‘fingers crossed’ for Sanjay Dutt biopic and that filming for it was an altogether different experience. The film is being helmed by Rajkumar Hirani and is slated to release next year in March. The film also stars Manisha Koirala, Dia Mirza Sonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in a special role.  

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Jul 232017

Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay DuttRanbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt

Ranbir Kapoor says the upcoming biopic on Sanjay Dutt will deal with both the highs and lows of the actor’s life.

Ranbir says Dutt has been very gracious in providing insights about his life story in an honest way for the biopic being helmed by Rajkumar Hirani. “He hasn’t been a hypocrite about it (his life). So it’s not a propaganda film trying to portray him as God or something. “We are trying to show a very human side of Sanjay Dutt, his perils, his downfall, his will to fight, his time in jail, terrorism charges, his drug phase, how he handled his mother’s death two days before the release of his debut film, his relationship with his father. These were human conflicts in
his life,” Ranbir told PTI.

Ranbir, who plays Dutt in the movie, says doing the biopic was daunting initially. “He is such a relevant person even today. He is so much
loved even today. He is controversial. But when you have Rajkumar Hirani as the director and Abhijat Joshi as the writer and the character like Sanjay Dutt, you are somewhere cushioned,” he says. From getting into the skin of the character to getting the body language right, the ‘Jagga Jasoos’ star had to put in a lot of hard work to get every aspect of Dutt correct. “Getting the look right is very superficial, it is easy as you have help from make-up and computer graphics. To show Sanjay Dutt as a human being, as a biopic only works when you show the human side of a person, and not the glories but the downfall as well (was not easy).”

Though Ranbir seems to have got the look right, he is extremely nervous about the film. “I don’t know if I have nailed it or not (referring to
the film). I was very inspired (doing this film). We have a few days left now for the film. It’s a very new me, so I am excited to see how the audience reacts. It should be out on March 30 next year,” he says. There were rumours that the ‘Khalnayak’ track will be
recreated in the biopic but Ranbir says that’s not true. “We have not touched upon the ‘Khalnayak’ phase. This film doesn’t talk about Sanjay Dutt the hero, but Sanjay Dutt’s life. We have touched upon his few films like the first one ‘Rocky’, ‘Munnabhai MBBS’,” he says.

The film also features Manisha Koirala as late Nargis Dutt, Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt and Dia Mirza as Dutt’s present wife Maanayata Dutt

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While merrily lashing out at “competition” (read: Deepika Padukone) Anushka Sharma also took a snipe at Sushant Singh Rajput , stating rather unnecessarily, “Sushant has only eight days of work (in Raj Kumar Hirani’s PK)…he is just a small chapter in my life.”

Taking deep umbrage to what is being seen as an attempt to undervalue the newcomer, a source says, “Isn’t Anushka pissed off about her colleagues trying to downplay and downsize her stardom? Then why is she doing the same to another colleague? Why is Anushka commenting on the length and breadth of a co-star’s role? How does she know the size of Sushant’s role? No one except probably Aamir has read the full script.”

Setting the record straight, the source says, “Yes, it’s a relatively small role. At a time when he’s playing the lead in a Yash Raj film, Sushant has agreed to do the role in PK for one reason only, Rajkumar Hirani. It was Sushant’s dream to work with Raju. When he was offered the role, Sushant was over the moon. Raju warned him it’s a small but important role. Sushant said, ‘Doesn’t matter, Sir, even if you ask me to walk from one side of the frame to the other I’d do it’.”

Apparently, Sushant has not charged a single penny for the part. Says the source, “Raju gave Sushant Rs.20 as signing amount, and asked him what he’d like as his fee. Sushant refused any payment, got the Rs.20 laminated and has framed the same on the wall of his living room. That’s the kind of regard Sushant has for Rajkumar Hirani.”

The source informs that Sushant Singh’s role in PK would be billed as a friendly appearance. “He will be seen at the beginning of the film. His character then disappears and reappears at the end,” informs the source.

“Anushka wants her colleagues to stop commenting on her roles. She should follow what she preaches,” the source adds.

Sushant Singh Rajput remained unavailable for comment.