Rajkumar Hirani’s “Sanju” which is the biopic of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt and stars Ranbir Kapoor in the titular role is highly appreciated by viewers as well as critics. It’s definitely the power of superb performances and wonderful direction that even after two weeks of its release, the movie has been doing wonders on the box-office.
“Sanju” collected whopping Rs 34.75 crore on the first day and became the biggest opener of the year. In the first weekend, it crossed 100 crore mark while in just a week, it reached the 200 crore club. It has constantly been breaking many records and has already left behind all the three Khans.
While many are praising the flick for portrayal of Sanjay Dutt flawlessly and depicting the father-son relationship in a heart-touching manner, there is a section of critics that doesn’t appear to be happy as it claims that “Sanju” is an attempt of whitewashing the bad image of Sanjay Dutt.
People didn’t spare the filmmaker Hirani too and alleged that he showed Dutt as a victim of circumstances, a man who committed mistakes and made wrong choices, however eventually he is good at heart.
Sanjay Dutt kept a mum on these allegations so far but at last he opened up on the accusations during an interaction with India Today TV. Rubbishing all the claims, Dutt said that spending Rs 30-40 crore is a huge amount just for cleaning the image of a person.
In his words,
“I just want to say that Munna Bhai was already made, that avatar was already out. I don’t think anyone would spend Rs 30-40 crore to change his image. That is too much of an amount. I have told the truth and the truth has been accepted by India, and the box office collection shows that.”
The actor also expressed his happiness over the fact that others are learning from his mistakes. On the question of depicting the real Sanjay Dutt in “Sanju”, he said that he was never a dark person and that’s why many people love him.
“Why do you think so many people love me? There is nothing dark about me. Growing up the way I did – it was no different than a usual teenager or youngster.mThere was nothing special about being Mr Sunil Dutt’s son. I made mistakes – a little more. I even went to jail for it which I don’t regret.”
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