Sanjay Dutt biopic: Film throws light on father-son relationship, scandals and also drug addiction
Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Rajkumar Hirani's biopic on Sanjay Dutt is arguably one of the most awaited films in Bollywood. Sanjay Dutt's journey has been documented in multiple ways, from being a son to Bollywood legends Nargis and Sunil Dutt, to becoming a successful hero and then turning into one of the most controversial actors in the Indian film industry.
His drug addiction and later rehabilitation, his super strong comeback from the brink of disaster, his involvement in the Bombay serial blasts, arrest under TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act), his incarceration and ultimately his release, more than suggest that had Dutt been in Hollywood there would have already been a spate of books or a television special by now.
However there have been many speculations regarding the movie, the cast and the treatment done to it. The makers of the film too have tried their best to create as much suspense around the film as possible, revealing bare minimum about the story.
There were rumours doing rounds that the makers have comfortably omitted out portions from Dutt's life that deals with drug addiction. However, according to a report by DNA, Ranbir, post Jagga Jasoos release, would fly down to New York to shoot the portions that deals with Dutt's addiction and rehab. The report also said that Sunil Dutt had sent off Sanjay to the US for rehabilitation. The biopic will bring in light Dutt's relationship with his father, his best friend that is being played by Masaan actor Vicky Kaushal, and all those women who he had romanced once upon a time.
Paresh Rawal, who is essaying the role of Sunil Dutt in the film, speaking to The Indian Express said, "It is chiefly a father-son story. The film is Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Dutt’s story."
Speaking about working in the film and being in the shoes of Sunil Dutt, Rawal spoke to Firstpost earlier and said, "Oh, it’s so amazing. It’s all because of my director Rajkumar Hirani, because of Abhijat Joshi’s writing and because of Ranbir Kapoor’s acting that the movie is looking amazing. Ranbir is terrific, he is a unique talent. Fortunately, I am portraying a character that doesn’t have any kind of set mannerisms or idiosyncrasies. Sunil Dutt was very human. He never had any vibes of stardom around him."
Manisha Koirala will be playing Nargis in the film. Other actors include Dia Mirza, Karishma Tanna, Tina Munim (not an Ambani then) and Anushka Sharma, according to a Hindustan Times report.