Changed Sanju so people could empathize with Sanjay Dutt: Rajkumar Hirani
Rajkumar said when he first did a test screening for the film, everybody hated Sanjay Dutt, because the story was said as it is.
Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor received a lot of praise for his role as Sanjay Dutt in the biopic Sanju, however, it is not unknown that a lot of people felt that it was an attempt to make people sad for the actor. Interestingly, director Rajkumar Hirani revealed that he actually changed the script of Sanju to make Sanjay Dutt more likeable so that people empathize with him, and his story.
According to a recent interview, Rajkumar said when he first did a test screening for the film, everybody hated Sanjay Dutt, because the story was said as it is. At that moment, Hirani said he realised what he was doing was wrong because the audience said they did not like the character and did not want to watch him too. However, the Munnabhai director said because he wanted to create a true story, he did not want empathy but had to change it because Sanjay Dutt was the hero of the film.
Rajkumar Hirani said he added a particular scene to the film where Sanjay Dutt tries to kill himself after the verdict, which was not there in the original script. Hirani said while Sanjay Dutt had told him about it, he did not include it earlier but felt the need after the initial hate. However, the 3 Idiots director said while some things work, others don’t and he has seen a few flaws in the film even now but hopes that it turns out be his good enough.