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September 2018 Edition of Power Politics is updated.         September 2018 Edition of Power Politics is updated.
Issue:August' 2018


A brilliant film maker

Santosh Mehta

Rajkumar Hirani Rajkumar Hirani is once again in the spotlight after his ‘Biopic’ on Sanju hit the silver screen. Sanju is an attempt at understanding and educating others on how a man can make it to the top gracefully. It tries to bring out the conviction needed to succeed even after several lows in life. It is this essence of life that has been projected and not the will to glamorize Sanjay Dutt, says Hirani with a smile. Hirani is very popular due to his successful comedy and family entertaining films like “Munna Bhai”, “Lage Raho Munna Bhai, “P.K”, ” 3 Idiots” and now Sanju. Sanju a biopic on the real life of famous actor Sanjay Dutt - son of legendary film-actors late Sunil Dutt and Nargis Dutt.

Sanjay was arrested for keeping AK 47 rifle and was sentenced to five years in prison. Hirani never of thought of making a film on Sanjay Dutt’s life just to glorify him. But after listening to Sanjay Dutt about the turmoils in his life, Hirani thought there was a story that should be told. Hence the film Sanju.
Hirani has deftly depicted Sanjay Dutt’s few real-life incidents of Jail. He has shown the serious and unhealthy condition inside the jail which Sanjay had to suffer. He once visited him in Jail and was shocked to see the inhuman conditions , and was quite upset the way, Sanjay had to suffer without doing any crime.
Incidentally, he met Sanjay’s wife Manyata Dutt. She also explained the real-struggle about Sanjay, She asked Hirani to make a film or write a novel about his life.
Initially, Hirani was not prepared for depicting Sanjay Dutt’s life into a film. But it was mere co-incidence that Sanjay invited Hirani for a drink and he explained his real-life time story. Hirani spent 15 days just to listen to his true inside story. He got stuck up after Sanjay told him with an open heart he never hid anything. However, after getting to know his real story, Hirani was convinced that here is a man who is not hiding anything and this story must be told to the audience.

Aamir Khan in “PK” That was the moment the idea of making a biopic on Sanjay hit Hirani’s intellectual mind as Sanjay is not a ordinary guy but belonged to famous film-actors family. And the world knows about his parents but people misunderstand him due to the media’s negative publicity.
After Hirani made Sanju biopic, he is getting much attention due to his brilliant direction and selection of Ranbir Kapoor for Sanjay Dutt’s role. Now, Sanju has become blockbuster and the fifth highest grossing Bollywood film. Sanju continues to attract audience even after the film earned Rs 202.51 crore in the opening week and is still hitting on the screen.
Sanju, written and directed by Raj Kumar Hirani, along with Abhijat Joshi, starring Manisha Koirala (Nargis Dutt), Dia Mirza( Manayeta Dutt), Parel Rawal(Sunil Dutt), Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Jim Saurabh , Anuksha Sharma acted as a famous storywriter. Hirani is famous for making family and entertaining comedy films. He grew up watching and enjoying films made by noted directors such as Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Manmohan Desai and Basu Chatterjee. This helped him to achieve a high level of filmmaking. He had a very professional team, including producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, writer Abhijat Joshi, actors like Boman Irani, composer Shantanu Moitra and cinematographer C.K.
Muralidharan to help him realize his vision.
Raj Kumar Hirani, commonly known as Raju Hirani, always appreciates his co-stars and gives them space for working comfortably. He is a very calm person who is not in a hurry just to make commercial film. That’s the reason he makes one film in three years.
Hirani made his first film “3 Idiots” in 2009 and it crossed the coveted Rs 200 crore mark in filmmaking. He never compromised the old film-making formula and did not want to follow typical rules.
His P.K. is a political satire which became a hit due to famous actor Aamir Khan playing as an alien. The alien gets stranded on earth with nothing including clothes . Aamir Khan 's locket was stolen and he distributed the God's pamplets inside the metro that was simple act but it was funny,audience loved it.
Actor Sanjay Dutt acted as Bhairon Singh and took the alien (Aamir Khan) to a night club. The film became a hit due to the funny acts performed by great actor Aamir Khan.
Hirani’s imaginative and simple, yet funny gestures performed by Aamir Khan, made the audience laugh, especially in the scene inside the metro scene or cash he has stolen.
Hirani recalls how a well-known film-director once met him on the set and told him, “are you mad and what’s wrong with you? ‘You have taken Sanjay Dutt who’s supposed to be an action hero in a light comedy film. '
Hirani was quite disturbed by the comment and then suddenly he realized that he did not have to follow that rule.
Hirani says, “ the idea is to write for yourself. You really can’t judge what audiences will like, especially in India where the literacy rates are so variable. You just say, ‘This is something that makes me cry and laugh, so let me make this’
But as a film-director, he considers himself fortunate that his films have done well at the box office. The success gives us courage to make good films.
While Hirani made Sanjay Dutt’s biopic, he selected title ‘Sanju’. The reason behind his selection was that Sanjay Dutt’s mother Late Nargis Dutt used to call him Sanju, Hirani thought this title is very appropriate.
Hirani says that he did not have the courage to show the film to Sanjay. He was quite scared, but Sanjay liked the film and even cried after he saw it.
Hirani even told Sanjay that by making a film on him, he is not trying to glorify him so he decided to select Ranbir Kapoor because he knew Sanjay and his family. Ranbir’s choice was amazing.
He is a brilliant actor along with his family background. However, both actors were from the cinematic background and it helped Hirani to choose Ranveer. For Sunil Dutt’s role he has taken Paresh Rawal who acted well. Now 'Sanju' is getting hit at the box-office. Actor Sanjay Dutt is quite amazed Hirani has not glorified his image. He has shown only the few facts.
One cannot be glorified merely because he is a famous star or belongs to good family.