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Mahesh Manjrekar: As a Sanjay Dutt biopic, I was disappointed with Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju

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Mahesh Majrekar is one of the close buddies of Sanjay Dutt. He has given him one of the biggest hits of his career, Vaastav (1999). Not just that, he has also directed Sanjay in films like Nidaan (2000), Kurukshetra (2000), Pitaah (2002), Hathyar (2002) and many others.

So it was but obvious that he would be a part of Sanju, the Sanjay Dutt biopic. He played the role of a director who was waiting for Sanjay on sets of his film. It was quite a funny scene. However, Manjrekar isn’t really happy with how the whole biopic was directed by Rajkumar Hirani.

In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Mahesh said, “I have seen Sanju, and it is a well-made commercial film. However it left a lot unexplored. I would have directed it with a different approach. Hirani was on a journey to make a commercial film, and the numbers suggest that he has succeeded in doing so. As a film, I enjoyed it, but as a biopic I was a little disappointed.”

Audiences had loved the film, and that was more than enough to get the cash flowing in to the box-office. However, many critics were also left unhappy as they too thought a lot was left out from Sanjay’s real life.

Sanju starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Karishma Tanna, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala and Vicky Kaushal was the biggest hit of the last year. It earned close to Rs 600 Cr worldwide, which no other film managed to touch in 2018.


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