Rajkumar Hirani made changes to ‘Sanju’ in order to make the character more likeable
But, did you know that a few scenes were added to the film by director Rajkumar Hirani in order to make the lead character more likeable. Yes, when a test screening of the film was done, the general response was that Dutt’s character was hateworthy.
Hirani revealed this while speaking at a masterclass organized by Indian Film and TV Directors Association. “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,” he said.
He also added that he included a scene where Dutt attempts suicide because he thought that it will make the audiences more empathetic towards him. Well, whatever Hirani did worked wonders at the box office.
In real life, Sanjay Dutt is a good friend of Hirani. They had worked together in ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ and ‘Lagey Raho Munnabhai’ which proved to be two of the most successful films of Dutt’s career. Dutt also made a special appearance in Hirani’s ‘PK‘ which had Aamir Khan in the lead role.