While there has been speculation over the Munnabhai sequel featuring Sanjay Dutt, the actor confirms that he will return as the lovable bhai in the third installment of the series directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
Starting at year-end
According to Dutt, Munnabhai Chale Amerika is expected to hit floors by the end of this year. "The scripting is going on. Raju (Hirani) called me up and spoke to me about it. The shooting will begin at the end of this year."
When quizzed about the delay in starting the film he said, "Munnabhai got delayed a little bit because they wanted to make another film (3 Idiots). Munnabhai will never die. It's just something beyond cinema because people have taken this film close to their hearts."
Closest to my heart
Dutt stresses that the Munnabhai character remains the closest to his heart amongst the roles that he has played. "The kind of love and affection I have received from the people after essaying Munnabhai's character is unbelievable and something I can never forget! I think people connect to the goodness and simplicity of Munnabhai and that's why for me too it was a wonderful character to enact."
Dutt hearts Oman
Dutt, who was the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the 6th Muscat Film Festival says, "I watched some fantastic Arabic films and came to know a lot about this country." He adds that he is open to working in films made in Oman, "I will be happy to act there. The country looks impressive and has the potential to have some beautiful movies shot here."
The subject veers to the Oscar winner The Hurt Locker, which is set in the middle-east. Sanju adds, "Avatar it had content with effects. It was a love story with action and drama. But The Hurt Locker is about what happens in war and what a soldier goes through. It was a difficult choice for the Oscar jury to choose the best picture but they rightly picked The Hurt Locker."