“See, I have not spoken about the issues between Dutt and me and I am not going to do that. Am I averse to speaking? The answer is no. But then I will speak the day when he does", says Gupta who is picking up ropes all over again to get behind the camera for his next directorial venture which comes five years after Zinda.
Still, does he ever feel helpless after the exit of Sanjay Dutt from White Feather Films? After all some of your best work has been with Dutt.
“But you have to also see that these films benefited him too immensely", reasons Gupta. “Whether it was my first film Aatish or another production of mine Shootout at Lokhandwala, none of these films had Dutt as a vehicle. My films are always bigger than the stars. Whether it is Dutt, Vivek (Oberoi), John (Abraham) or Anil (Kapoor), it"s the films that they have worked and have provided them with a great platform to perform."
“I don't make star driven films", he continues, “You don"t see Shootout At Lokhandwala for Dutt or Vivek, you don"t watch Zinda to see how well John has worked in the film or you don"t watch Musafir mainly for Anil Kapoor. None of these films are vehicles for any star. I am proud to say that for me, it is always a movie that has come first. You watch the package as is expected from Sanjay Gupta".
Well, audience though would like to see you and Dutt coming together for a film.
“No, that is not going to happen; not in this lifetime at the least", Gupta takes a firm stance here, “I am sure that from Aatish to Zinda, my filmography is done from A to Z with Dutt".
Trouble between actor Sanjay Dutt and director Sanjay Gupta has been prevalent for years now and so many other members of the industry are possibly getting impacted in one way or the other. Presumably, none of the two have spoken about this for quite some time now and one wonders whether they would actually have a conversation so as to sort it out once and for all.