Ranbir Kapoor is all set for the release of his next, the much awaited Sanju, based on the life of Sanjay Dutt. While promoting the film, Kapoor was asked if he was nervous about the film because no Indian actor has ever had a biopic made on them. Speaking to a leading daily, Kapoor said, “It was a daunting task for me. I knew the expectations, I knew I was portraying someone who is still so relevant and a much-loved superstar. I knew the challenges and I also knew that there is a fine line between mimicry and representing someone who is loved by so many people. That’s why I had to represent him with a lot of respect, dignity and heart. It took us six to eight months to get ready. It took us a lot of time to prep, do the prosthetic tests, acting and character rehearsals. The bottom line is that it’s inspired by his life and we had a one-track mind to achieve it.”
Asked if Kapoor too, like Sanjay Dutt is so larger-than-life, he said, “Not at all. You know me since I was a child. I’m more of an introvert. In this film, I really connected with the fact that we’re not seeing the larger-than-life Sanjay Dutt. We’re seeing him as a young boy who is lost; someone who is scared of his father; someone who lost his mother at a young age. Nargisji passed away barely two days before the release of his debut film Rocky. There is also the part on him getting into bad company, his addiction to drugs and his personal struggle to come out of it. Everything is there — the trouble he got into over the years, the price he paid for it, how he fell and how he resurrected himself. My life has been very different. Thankfully, there are not so many controversies.”
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju releases on 29th June.