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Vicky Kaushal defends Sanju, says film does not demonize media as a whole

The actor, who played the pivotal role of a friend of Sanjay Dutt in the film, said there is a section of the media that lives on sensationalism and refuses to take responsibility for its work.

Vicky Kaushal. Photo: Shutterbugs Images


Actor Vicky Kaushal has said Rajkumar Hirani's film Sanju (2018) did not show the whole media in poor light but focused on that part of the industry which "sensationalizes" things.

From Sanjay Dutt's drug addiction, personal affairs and a jail term for possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Bombay serial blasts to his bonds with parents and friends, the film delved into different aspects of the actor's life, but many felt it left out a lot and Hirani was accused of doing a whitewash job and bashing the media.

But Kaushal, who played the pivotal role of Dutt's friend in the film, said the narrative did not say the "whole media community is wrong".

"If we look at the film closely, we did not say that the whole media is doing all the wrong work in reporting," the actor argued. "We said a certain section of the media sensationalizes the reality, and how that can create misunderstandings in someone's personal life has been shown in the film," the actor told IANS here.

Kaushal continued: "There are media houses which put headlines with a question mark, and that is how they can get away without taking accountability for the allegation. They put the question mark. Let's analyze it a little. A common reader will not remember the question mark, they will remember the allegation. And that can dent the equation between two people."

The actor said "nobody can negate the fact that there is a section — not only in the media but in every field — which indulges in wrong things and spoils the name of that profession or community. Having said that, I would like to mention that any sensible person would understand that they do not represent the whole community, they are just a tiny section."