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It’s a hard knock life

by ASJAD NAZIR RANBIR KAPOOR ON PLAYING ACTOR SANJAY DUTT IN BOLLYWOOD BIOPIC THE life of Sanjay Dutt has had more highs, lows, unexpected twists and moments of high drama than most commercial films that have been made. This extraordinary story has been brought to life in high-profile movie Sanju. Ranbir Kapoor takes on the challenging title role in what is already being hailed as the finest biopic ever made in Bollywood. The popular star goes through a range of looks and captures different chapters of San­jay’s life in the big budget Rajkumar Hirani-directed film. Eastern Eye caught up with Ranbir to talk about Sanju, performing the naked scene, working with Bollywood’s best filmmaker Hirani, the high expectations and more… Was it an easy decision to take on the title role in Sanju? I am a long-standing fan of Sanjay sir. So for me, it was a fan trying to re-enact his icon. Thus get­ting the confidence to play his role was the most challenging part for me. When Raju sir told me about the script, I just could not picture myself playing him. I did not have the confidence to do so. I felt I would not be able do it! This role was not an acting gig, it was just an opportunity for me to be a part of someone’s sto­ry. The story of someone whom I admire and consider my icon. How much research did you have to do? I was following Raju sir’s vision and just stuck to that. I watched over 250 hours of video material on Sanjay Dutt so I could get into the role and understand the small nuances of the character. I did not treat this role as a chance to project my acting talent, but instead like a lifetime opportunity to play…

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