SHOCKING: Rajkumar Hirani Admits Changing The Script Of Sanju For Creating Empathy For Sanjay Dutt

Here is what he said.


Ranbir Kapoor starrer Sanju directed by Rajkumar Hirani is one of the biggest blockbuster biopic ever made in the history of Indian cinema. The movie received lots of appreciation from critics, moviegoers and B-Town stars. However, one constant problem with the film was the way it showed Sanjay Dutt’s life. Many people have said that Sanju was made to whitewash the image of Sanju Baba.

Now, director Rajkumar Hirani has himself admitted making changes in the script to get empathy towards Sanjay Dutt. The acclaimed director said, “The initial edit featured the actor’s story as it was and thus was not liked by people. During the shoot, I felt ‘What am I doing, I’m going wrong.’ In fact, when the first edit was ready and we screened for people, they hated him. They said we don’t like this man, we don’t want to watch him.”

He further added, “Because I wanted to do a true story, I didn’t create any empathy towards him. I said lets not create empathy and show (him) as he is. But later I understood that he is our hero, we need some empathy for him. I had to add a certain scene in the film to create empathy for its lead character, which was not there earlier.”

However, Rajkumar Hirani has said that he didn’t whitewash Sanjay Dutt’s life. Talking about the same, he said, “We made a commentary about certain section of the media and the term ‘whitewashed’ came into play. Everywhere I go people say I have whitewashed him but I haven’t. A journalist asked me, why did you whitewash Sanju and I asked what was Sanju’s crime?”

Answering to the same, Hirani further asked, “I am not defending the man but myself and the film. He kept a gun, destroyed it too, lied to his father and was arrested. I showed it all, his drug phase and the way he treated people. So where have I whitewashed?”

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