When Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju starring Ranbir Kapoor released, it was accused by many of ‘whitewashing’ Sanjay’s controversial image despite Hirani’s claims about not glorifying anyone.
However, Hirani confessed something about the film recently and this confession has shocked us speechless. Speaking at a masterclass held by Indian Film and TV Directors Association, Hirani said that his original plan was to depict the life and times of the controversial actor as they happened but that later felt the need for a central character who would inspire empathy. Hirani said, “Because I wanted to do a true story, I didn’t create any empathy towards him. I said let’s not create empathy and show (him) as he is. But later I understood that he is our hero, we need some empathy for him. 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.”
Sanju starred Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role and the Rockstar was lauded for his performance in the film, which also starred Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Dia Mirza, Boman Irani, Jim Sarbh, Vicky Kaushal and others.