Friday, 3 December 2021

Rajkumar Hirani admits to tweaking Dutt’s character in ‘Sanju’ to create empathy

BOLLYWOOD Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani revealed that he shot additional portions for Sanju starring Ranbir Kapoor to create empathy for the actor after people “hated” him in the test screenings. Hirani said the initial edit featured the actor’s story as it was and was not liked by people, propelling him to make some changes.

“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, people hated him. They said we don’t like this man, we don’t want to watch him,” he said, while speaking at the Indian Film and TV Directors Association’s (IFTDA) special masterclass.

“Because I wanted to do a true story, I didn’t create any empathy towards him. I said lets not create empathy and show (him) as he is. But later I understood that he is our hero, we need some empathy for him,” the director added.

Hirani said he had to add a certain scene in Sanju to create empathy for its lead character, which was not there earlier.

“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 that maybe this will invoke some sympathy in the users. 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.”

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