Rajkumar Hirani on Sanjay Dutt's biopic Sanju: What have I whitewashed?

Rajkumar Hirani opened up about the critics and the audience claiming that he tried to whitewash Sanjay Dutt's image in Sanju. Read to know what the director has to say.
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Rajkumar Hirani latest release Sanju, based on the life of actor Sanjay Dutt became a blockbuster of this year. The film starred Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role who essayed Sanjay Dutt on screen. Sanju had a stellar cast of Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Sonam Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Dia Mirza, Anushka Sharma, and Jim Sarbh. While many people have enjoyed the film, some of them including the critics have criticised it for unnecessary media bashing and trying to whitewash Sanjay Dutt's image.

At an event held recently, Rajkumar Hirani and the writer Sanjay, Abhijat Joshi was asked why did they show media bashing and tried to whitewash Sanjay Dutt's image. As reported by IANS, Hirani said, "If I start on that, I can talk on it for the full day." On the other hand, Abhijat Joshi said, "There is no media bashing at all. We are great fans of the media. What we are bashing is a certain section which sensationalises things and uses a question mark to make things ‘chatpata’ (spicy). That has been critiqued, and I am amazed there has been no introspection on that side. No one has even said that it happens."

The PK director further stated, "Today if the world believes that he had RDX, it’s based on that one news, so we have criticised that. But now when we are told that the whole film is about media bashing, it’s again picking up a headline."

"When we show a corrupt police officer, it doesn’t mean all policemen are wrong… It’s a section," he added.

Rajkumar Hirani said that in the film, he has shown everything that Sanjay Dutt did from his drug addiction and the fact that he kept a gun with him, so how can it be whitewashing. He said, "Whitewashing as a word is being thrown open. If you’ve watched the film, what was Sanju’s crime."

"Yes, he kept the gun, and we have shown that. We have shown that he served five years in jail and that he is saying it was a mistake… So where is the question of whitewashing? What have I whitewashed? I want to understand that," said the director.

The director questioned, "People are using this word whitewash. I want to know what have I whitewashed? I have shown that he had 308 girlfriends, that he was so addicted to drugs, he slept with his friend’s girlfriend. Is this whitewashing?"

He added, "If we had to whitewash anyone, we would have made him Mahatma Gandhi… What have we whitewashed? Tell us his crime?"

What do you think about Sanju? Tell us in the comments section.




lier of first degree.

Rajkumar Hirani the LIER..How much will you LIE ?? All the reasons shown in the movie for the crime committed by Sanjay Dutt has been mentioned as a 'MISTAKE' and that he was inncocent. He was NOT A KID..STOP PORTRAYING these Culprits as INNOCENT and taking their side...

Dude, just stop. You made a bunch of money, just stop. Be glad you live in India. If a top filmmaker in the US made a film like this, and was like, "What? OJ was innocent the whole time!" his rep would be tanked.

Sure you didn’t whitewash! You showed he had RDX and the reason was to “protect his family due to threats”. Sure but what about the fact he has gone on record and said he also kept the guns because “it felt good and because he wanted to do hunting”. So you showed that he kept the gun but then completely manipulated the reason by giving incomplete information to the audiences. People are not fools. They have watched your film but don’t think they have bought into the glorification of your best buddy lol

Hirani u r very much guilty of WHITE WASHING his wrongdoings as much as he is guilty of committing crimes and all sorts of Illegal activities putting his poor and hapless father and sisters through pain, shame and embarrassment and committing genocide!!! Are u kidding me????

Just saying that you didn’t “glorify” Sanjay Dutt in Sanju and instead showed a real portrayal of what happened doesn’t make it so. You DID glorify him; you did NOT show the real events, and yes you whitewashed majority of the film.

A dead wife battling cancer while he is busy having an affair, a neglected daughter, RDX found at his home, statements about his muslim blood which provoked him to aid the terrorists, his inherent sexism. Look at Hirani's bloody entitlement! He is pissed off because people aren't ready to buy into his lies? Fuck off!

Bang on ! The only statement to be amended is " The now dead wife battling cancer while he is busy having multiple affairs " and treating all those women shabbily ; his affairs now ( had a fling recently with that Chitrangada woman) ; his current wife's antecedents ; the casual chats & fships with rival underworld dons some of which was recorded ...Above all for treating it casually like it's all a day's fun at the park ! Anyway why would Hirani or Dutt bother ?!!! The movie's ringing cash registers at the BO which is the only thing they care about . It will be fun to see if RGV were to keep his word & make another movie on the same topic.

Ok then let’s change the word. You RATIONALIZED everything he did wrong. You had an excuse for everything when there is no excuse for most of what he did!

You have whitewashed everything.


Well said sir

you whitewashed by saying none of it his mistakes. nobody makes as many mistakes including not preventing the mumbai blasts - he could have informed his dad about the guns

Lets start small. We all know most Bollywood actors were more pally pally with the underworld dons at that time then what is shown in the movie.

Raju Hirani should stop lying. How dare he ask what was Sanjay Dutt's crime in possessing a gun? WTH. Of course it is a crime because it was all a part of a bigger crime to kill hundreds of innocent Mumbaikars. Sanjay Dutt was aware of it and didn't inform the police but instead tried to destroy evidences when his deeds were found out. Would Raju say the same if one of his family members dies in those deadly bomb blasts. Bollywood should be ashamed for idolizing drunkards, traitors, womanizers, drug addicts, rapists, bullies, hypocrites, nepotism suckers, underworld dons, goons, smugglers and all other wrong doers. They all give a lot of gyaan when it is an outsider even if it means dropping a piece of paper but they are all shut when their own are responsible for killing of innocent humans

Oh please Hirani, stop it now. You know and we all know that the reason you made this film was to portray your friend as a good will ambassador and show him as a wonderful human who was never wrong because it was friends and circumstances that made him do what he did. Enough of white washing a traitor and drug addicts life

Well said n big shut to the trollers

Whole sanjay dutt .U have whitewashed his Womaniser image ,you have washed his drug addict by potraying that he was a bechara who did drugs to escape problems in his life and most importantly you have whitewashed his TERRORIST image .So please stop giving clarifications now

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