By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Looks like all those stories about Sanjay Dutt"s fallout with Sanjay Gupta are not unfounded after all.
Since 2002, Dutt and Gupta have been partners at White Feather Films, which has produced films like Kaante, Musafir, Zinda and Shootout At Lokhandwala. Now, however, Dutt is going to fly solo with his own production house called Sanjay Dutt Productions Private Limited.
Says a source close to Dutt, “Sunil Dutt had always nursed a desire to revive his banner Ajanta Arts. Now, Sanju will merge Ajanta Arts into his banner and hire new and established filmmakers to work with him. The plan is to make two kinds of cinema — complete masala films, and the films that Duttsaab loved making, like Muhje Jeene Do and Reshma Aur Shera, which had lots of intensity and drama."
As for whether Sanju will act in his home productions or not, the source says, “He won"t act in all of them, that"s for sure. However, Sanju has almost finalised the first film. The script is awesome and we"re sure it"ll be a hit."
According to the source, Sanju"s sisters Namrata and Priya will be involved in the production house too. “It will be a family affair. The banner"s name has already been registered and all the Dutt siblings are very hands on. Sanju feels it"s high time that he does something for his family," says the source.
That brings us to the big question: what happens to Gupta"s White Feathers Films and Dutt"s partnership with him? Says the source, “Gupta is like a brother to Sanju, so if he wants Sanju to act in his films he"ll do it. However, he doesn"t want to be a part of White Feather Films any longer and is currently sorting out the legalities."
When we touch base with Dutt, he confirms the new launch saying, “It"s true. I"m launching Sanjay Dutt Productions Private Limited and it will be a family affair, but it"s too early to talk about it. I"ll speak when the time is right as I want to launch it properly."