Rajkumar Hirani admits to having added scenes in Sanju to create empathy for Sanjay Dutt

Rajkumar Hirani confesses about adding scenes in Sanju to create empathy

Rajkumar Hirani Rajkumar Hirani admits to have added scenes in Sanju to create empathy for Sanjay Dutt Source : Press

Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju created a lot of buzz owing to its blockbuster box office results. However, the film had also received flak from the audience for whitewashing Sanjay Dutt's image in the movie. Rajkumar Hirani had earlier denied about the same, but during the Indian Film and TV Directors Association Masterclass event, the filmmaker confessed that he added a few scenes to create empathy for the main character.

He said, "During the shoot, I felt ‘What am I doing, I'm going wrong.' In fact, when the first edit was ready and we screened it for people, they hated him. They said we don't like this man, we don't want to watch him. Because I wanted to do a true story, I didn't create any empathy towards him. I said let's not create empathy and show (him) as he is. But later I understood that he is our hero, we need some empathy for him".

He further said, "The scene where he tries to kill himself after the verdict is out; which he had mentioned to me but we didn't put in the film, I shot it later. It was not in the original script. I thought through this some empathy will come... The initial test reactions were like ‘naah we don't like this guy...' Every film is a journey. Some things work and some don't. I still see flaws in the film but you try your best and hope your best is good enough."

Well, the filmmaker has finally dared to unveil the truth, but the question is whether or not to lay any faith on the biopics given the filmmakers' creative freedom to play with its truth.