Actor Ranbir Kapoor is all set for his upcoming biographical film on actor Sanjay Dutt titled Sanju. Directed by filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju features Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role along with actors Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Manishaa Koirala, Dia Mirza and Paresh Rawal. Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Sanju is scheduled to release on June 29.
In an interview with Cinespeaks, Ranbir Kapoor speaks to us.
Q: The film is scheduled to release next week. Are you excited?
Ranbir: It is always great and amazing to work with good people. It’s a kind of blessing in disguise for me to act in a Rajkumar Hirani film. The fact that it is the biopic on an actor who is still so popular and acts in the movies is all the more interesting. So, I am really excited and happy with the way Sanju has turned out to be.
Q: Was it challenging to get into the skin of the character of Sanjay Dutt?
Ranbir: Initially, it was really difficult to get into the character. I tried to not mimik him because it would look caricaturish. I have tried to maintain a good balance by presenting myself as someone who is playing Sanjay Dutt. I have not tried to copy his mannerisms and style. The script of the film is rich in content and Rajkumar answered all my questions related to my character.
Q: What was Sanjay Dutt’s reaction when he saw your look transformation for your film?
Ranbir: Rajkumar had sent one of the pictures during the shoot to Sanjay Dutt. He replied him back saying, “Tu Meri Picture Mujhe Kyun Bhej Raha Hai”. I really want Sanjay to have a good nostalgic feeling when he watches the film. His life is full of varied experiences and he went through various phases such as drugs and spending life in jail. I want him to relive the controversial, emotional and conflicted moments of his life.
Q: How do you think the movie will impact the younger generation?
Ranbir: The younger generation can learn a lot through Sanjay Dutt’s mistakes. His drug addiction ruined his life and the younger generation can learn a big lesson from it. The film will also teach them the value of family and friends as Sanjay’s family stood by him when he went through difficult phases in his life. So, there is a lot to learn from his mistakes which he made due to immaturity and by being in a bad company. So, it is a story of a fallen hero who kept coming back.
Q: How was the experience of working with Rajkumar Hirani?
Ranbir: Rajkumar is an amazing director. He is someone who does not make a film for himself. His films are filled with basic emotions and good feelings. His emotions are very basic and simple. As a filmmaker, his storytelling is very simple which is great too.
Q: How did you feel when Rishi Kapoor shared an emotional video on Twitter recently?
Ranbir: It was really emotional. He hasn’t said anything yet. It is always good to receive appreciation and a pat on the back. My mother has seen the film and she loved it. My father is yet to watch the film.
Q: What has been your take away from the film?
Ranbir: The film has three important aspects – (Father-Son Relationship, Friendship and a Question Mark). You will get to know the question mark when you will watch the film. But, the spine of the film rests on these three important aspects. Sanjay Dutt had a very different and complicated equation with his father. He used to fear him and hide from him. Paresh Rawal ji as Sunil Dutt is amazing and it was great working with him. He is such a great actor who actively does theatre even today. He is involved very much culturally with the kind of work he does.
Q: Which was the most difficult and easiest part of Sanjay Dutt’s life to play?
Ranbir: I had plenty of fun and enjoyed the sequences of Munnabhai. The most complex part to play was the drugs part. It was disturbing.
Q: How was it work with Manishaa Koirala in the film?
Ranbir: My father and Manishaaji had done a lot of films and I have watched her performances in films like Bombay and Khamoshi. She is a great actor and has brought a lot of dignity to Nargis Duttji’s character. As someone who has battled cancer, she could relate to her character of Nargis Duttji.
Q: Sanjay Dutt had few close friends who stood by him during difficult times of his life. Who are your friends who have stood by you?
Ranbir: I have a lot of school friends. Rohit Dhawan is a good friend and we talk a lot. Ayan Mukherjee is extremely close to me and we share a good bonding. He is more like a step father to me now.
Q: When are you planning to be on social media?
Ranbir: I really don’t have any plans as of now. I am a stalker on Instagram. I may join maybe next year or sometime later in the future.
Q: What is the status on the Kishore Kumar biopic?
Ranbir: We wanted to make that film but couldn’t get the necessary approvals and permissions from some family members.
Q: How is your relationship with your mother (Neetu Singh)?
Ranbir: It is the best thing in the world. I share everything with her. In fact, whatever I am today is because of my mother. During childhood, father was busy working and my mother took care of me and my sister. So, whatever value system we have is because of our mother.
Q: What are your expectations at the Box Office considering the fact that Race 3 is going strong at the theatres.
Ranbir: Salman Khan has constantly pushed record breaking numbers at the Box-Office. It is great. Sanju is primarily a Rajkumar Hirani film and a biopic on Sanjay Dutt.