After working with Sanjay Dutt in two 'Munnabhai' films, Rajkumar Hirani is keen to make a biopic on him that will depict the actor "with all his flaws".
Ranbir Kapoor is slated to play Dutt in the movie, which the
director is writing with Abhijat Joshi. Dutt, 55, is currently
serving a jail term for illegal possession of weapons before the
1993 Mumbai blasts.
The director said the suggestion to make a film on Dutt, who is
the son of late Bollywood stars Nargis and Sunil Dutt, came from
the actor's wife Manyata.
"His wife once told me 'why don't you make a film on him' but I
did not think there was a story till one day Sanju started telling
me about himself. I was like 'My God! what a life'. Everytime we
would step out of his house after hearing his stories, I would tell
Abhijat: 'We are primary school kids who have not lived at all'," Hirani told.
"Sanju has lived a life which is unbelievable. We don't want to
glorify him or anything. I want to tell the story with all his
flaws," Hirani, 52, said.
Dutt will be seen doing a special role in Hirani's upcoming
Aamir Khan-Anushka Sharma starrer PK, releasing this Friday. The director also
promised Munnabhaifans that he will come up with the
third instalment in the series though he shelved Munnabhai
"We are writing the next Munnabhaiand it should
be ready by the time Sanju completes his sentence. We shelved the
earlier movie as we could not crack the second half. The series has
set a standard and I did not want to make a mediocre film for the
sake of it," Hirani said.
Revealing his inspiration behind Munnabhaifilms,
Hirani said the story came from his college days.
"During my college days most of my friends were in medical
colleges. I was a commerce student so I had all the time in the
world and would just hang out with them. I found their world very
"I would write down things that I found interesting. When I went
to film institute, I planned to do a film on how medical students
function but it was very anecdotal in nature and I left it," Hirani
The director moved on to writing other scripts but somehow he
would keep getting drawn to the story.
"One day, I thought what would happen if a gangster with a
golden heart wanted to become a doctor. It opened up a lot of
possibilities. These are the ideas that you get everyday while
going through life. Sometimes something clicks and connects with
another story," he said.