BY ANUJ RADIA

In an interview with a leading news outlet, Sanju‘s producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra revealed that he thought Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi had lost their minds when they came to him with the idea of making a film on Sanjay Dutt’s life.

He said, “But when he sat me down and started narrating all that had happened in Sanju’s life, I was stunned! At first, I thought it was hogwash… that Sanju was somehow not telling Raju the truth, but when we started researching all that he’s said — from the 308 girlfriends he had to how he begged on the streets of US for the money to buy a bus ticket — we realised that everything he had told us was true!”

When asked about casting Ranbir to play the lead role in the film, Vidhu Vinod Chopra said, “It was Raju’s idea to cast Ranbir. When he told me about Ranbir, I wasn’t happy at all. I thought someone else, like Ranveer Singh, could play this role much better.

I thought Ranveer had the flamboyance, the emotional depth as well as the ability to change himself completely to play Sanjay Dutt.”

He added, “But Raju was adamant that Ranbir would be perfect. And when we started shooting and Ranbir became Sanjay Dutt, I had to kind of eat my words. I think I can best sum this up by saying that Ranbir has become Sanjay Dutt both in swagger and soul.”

The next directorial of Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju, is slated to release on June 29, 2018. The film’s trailer has created excitement amongst the audience for the Ranbir Kapoor starrer. Vidhu Vinod Chopra has produced the film.