Bollywood and controversies go hand in hand. And for some actors, their full-of-controversies life can also be the perfect fodder for filmmakers to helm biopics on. Like the recent film Sanju. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film is based on the life and times of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.
While Ranbir Kapoor stepped into the shoes of Sanjay Dutt, Dia Mirza played Maanayata Dutt. The film also starred Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Jim Sarbh, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor and Manisha Koirala in key roles. The film managed to impress the viewers and critics alike but was also criticised for not bringing to screen all aspects of Dutt’s life.
Recently, the filmmaker confessed that he made changes in ‘Sanju’ in order to create some empathy for the actor’s character as he is ultimately the protagonist of the film. Speaking about the same, he reportedly stated that when the first edit was ready and was screened for people, they hated him and said that they did not want to watch him on screen. The director said that as he went on to make a true story, he had not taken any efforts to create empathy for him. However, he forgot that he is also the hero of the film.
Hirani also reportedly admitted to adding few scenes to create that empathy which was not there earlier. The part where the actor tries to kill himself after the verdict is out was added later. However, that too didn’t quite do well for the people.
According to the filmmaker, every film is a journey. Some things work and some don’t. Although he still see flaws in the film, he tries his best and hopes his best is good enough.