Aamir Khan wanted to play the lead in Sanju but director Rajkumar Hirani offered him to play as Sunil Dutt in Sanjay Dutt’s biopic. Aamir refused to be the part of the movie as he doesn’t want to play an older character after Dangal. Hirani and Aamir have worked together in two films like 3 Idiots and PK.
Hirani at the trailer launch of Sanju, said,“Aamir is a friend and whenever I write a script, I narrate it to him to get a reaction. I had narrated this to him as well, not with the intention of casting him to play any role (but because) he reacts very interestingly to the script. Out of greed I asked him if he would play Sunil Dutt’s role.”
“He took it seriously and gave it a thought and said let’s meet next week. When I met him, he showed me Dangal and said ‘I am already playing an older role, if my next film after this is again an older role, people will stop giving me young man’s role’, which was a valid argument ” he added.
Further, he talked about the role of Anushka Sharma. Hirani said “Anushka is playing the role of me and Abhijat. She is playing a biographer from London who comes here and Sanju wants her to write a book on him but she’s reluctant. When he was narrating his story to us, even we were wondering if we should do it or not. Sometimes we used to sit with policemen, lawyers, family. We were in two minds whether to do it or not. So she is actually playing us, but not a filmmaker, a biographer.”
Paresh Rawal plays the character of Sunil Dutt in the movie. He shared his memory with Sunil Dutt. He received a birthday card from Sunil Dutt in 2005. He said “Usually, we discard birthday letters after a while but that particular letter stayed in my drawer. This is a wonderful connection. I think I was meant to play Dutt sahab’s role.”
Manisha Koirala plays as Nargis Dutt, said she also received a letter from Sunil Dutt when her movie Bombay was released, saying ‘You remind me of Nargis Duttji’. She said, “I really take that as a huge compliment.”
The film Sanju is all set to release on June 29.