Sanju producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra says he thought director Rajkumar Hirani got lost his mind when he declared his intention of earning a biopic on Sanjay Dutt.
Ranveer Singh rather than Ranbir Kapoor was the first choice of Vidhu Vinod Chopra to experiment with Sanjay Dutt in Sanju.
It appears when Rajkumar Hirani made a decision to make a biopic on Sanjay Dutt’s life, not only the audience but his manufacturer was also stunned. Speaking to Telegraph, Vidhu Vinod Chopra accepted that he had not been up to speed when Hirani came up to him with idea for Sanju. “When he told me, I had been like, ‘What’s there in Sanjay Dutt’s life that merits being made into a film?! It’s better you make a film on my life… how I kept Kashmir as a boy and battled when I came up to Bombay.’ (Laughs) I thought Raju and Abhijat (Joshi, Sanju’s co-writer) possessed lost their intellects!,” said Chopra.
However, it was the life of Sanjay Dutt and his bond with daddy Sunil Dutt which made Chopra give up Munna Bhai Chale Prison for Sanju. “When he (Hirani) sat me down and started narrating all those things had occurred in Sanju’s life, I had been stunned! Initially, I thought it was hogwash… that Sanju was in some way not telling Raju the truth, however when we started exploring all that he’s said — from the 308 girlfriends he had to how he begged on the avenues of US your money can buy to buy a bus solution — we realised that everything he previously advised us was true!”
The famous Munna Bhai field has been recreated for Sanju.
Chopra was taken aback when he realized that the tears in Munna Bhai MBBS scene where Sanjay asked his father’s forgiveness were for real. “I was standing up there on the set of Munna Bhai and I got no idea these were actually living that landscape,” he informed the newspaper.
Another decision of Hirani that Chopra acceded to was casting Ranbir Kapoor in the film. “When he told me about Ranbir, I wasn’t happy in any way. I thought someone else, like Ranveer Singh, could play this role far better. I thought Ranveer got the flamboyance, the mental depth as well as the capability to change himself completely to try out Sanjay Dutt. But Raju was adament that Ranbir would be perfect. And when we started firing and Ranbir became Sanjay Dutt, I had developed to kind of eat my words.”