Sanju might be raking in huge profits following its massive success at the box office, but many were also disappointed in the Sanjay Dutt-biopic for various reasons, one of them being filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma. Disappointed with director Rajkumar Hirani's depiction of the actor's controversial life, RGV announced that he will be making another biopic on Sanjay Dutt which will be tentatively titled Sanju: The Real Story.
However, this has not gone down well with the actor's sister, Namrata Dutt. Namrata has blasted RGV for wanting to dig into the unfortunate experiences of her brother's life portraying it on the big screen.
A second biopic on the 58-year-old actor's life might not go down well with the Dutt family, many of whom are already unhappy with the selective story-telling in Sanju, which stars Ranbir Kapoor in the title role. Namrata Dutt was quoted by Mid-Day as saying:
Doesn't Varma need Sanjay's approval to make it? If Sanjay gives a go-ahead, we are nobody to say no to him.
Despite its huge success, Sanju faced a lot of criticism from many who accused Hirani of painting Sanjay Dutt as a victim of circumstances. Many even called the film a "propaganda" to clean up Dutt's tainted image.
Contrary to Hirani's Sanju, RGV's film will focus only on his possession of the AK-56 rifle during the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.
Namrata further said that watching Sanju brought back memories of their dark past and another biopic would only affect their family further.
We have been through every phase of what Sanjay has gone through. When he became a drug addict, we at least knew that we could help him out of it by sending him to rehab. But we had no control over the other incident [going to jail]. It was painful as we helplessly watched him suffer.
Ram Gopal Varma is known for his hard-hitting story-telling, with most of his movies having a dark tone. RGV's gritty style of filmmaking might force Sanjay Dutt's family to relive the dark moments of his past when they, in fact, have moved past the incidents.
It was an unfortunate episode in Sanjay's life. He has moved past it. Why is Varma bringing up the past again? His movies are dark. Why do you want to go on and on about Sanjay's life? Why is he putting us through so much pain again?
There were reports that the Dutt sister's husband Kumar Gaurav was upset that his character was not shown in the Rajkumar Hirani film. Clearing the air, Namrata said, "Bunty (Kumar Gaurav) is not upset. He wasn't well during the screening. He will watch it soon."
Namrata also added that she would've been happy if characters of Sanjay Dutt's first wife Richa Sharma and daughter Trishala would've been depicted in the film. "I missed watching their characters. But I haven't mentioned it to Sanjay," she said.