Rajkumar Hirani’s film Sanju created records at the box office by being the top 5 Bollywood grossing film of all time leaving behind Salman Khan’s Race 3. It proved to be Hirani’s and Ranbir Kapoor’s best film of their career as the film received appreciation from fans and critics. The film crossed Rs 350 crore at the box office.
The film was based on the life of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Many said that Hirani made the film to change Sanjay Dutt’s image among people. And now, he has admitted that he made changes to Sanju’s script to create empathy for Sanjay Dutt. He said that the initial edit of the film was not liked by people and they hated Dutt.
Hirani was recently in conversation with writer Anjum Rajabali at Indian Film and TV Directors Association’s (IFTDA) special masterclass where he said, “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 said, “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.”
Hirani added certain scenes to the film just to create empathy towards his friend Sanjay Dutt. He admitted, “The scene where he tries to kill himself after the verdict is out; which he had mentioned to me but we didn’t put in the film, I shot it later. It was not in the original script. I thought through this some empathy will come…”
“The initial test reactions were like ‘naah we don’t like this guy…’ Every film is a journey. Some things work and some don’t. I still see flaws in the film but you try your best and hope your best is good enough,” said Hirani.