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Sanjay Dutt plays down talk of Rajkumar Hirani whitewashing his image through Sanju

The actor says he spoke the truth and the truth had it been accepted by the audience, a fact evident by the box office figures.

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Actor Sanjay Dutt has responded to criticism that director Rajkumar Hirani tried to whitewash his image through the biopic, Sanju (2018).

In the film, Dutt, played by Ranbir Kapoor, is shown as a victim of false reportage. The film ends with the song 'Baba Bolta Hai' that appears to mock the media.

In an interview with television channel India Today, Dutt downplayed the criticism that the film aimed to whitewash his image by portraying him in a Munna Bhai-esque way (Dutt’s popular and loved character from Hirani’s Munna Bhai franchise).

“I just want to say that Munna Bhai was already made, that avatar was already out. I don't think anyone would spend Rs30-40 crore to change this image. That is too much of an amount. I have told the truth and the truth has been accepted by India, and the box office collection shows that," Dutt said in the interview.

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Sanju’s grand total is now inching towards the coveted Rs300-crore number. The film has earned Rs289.83 crore in total in two weeks so far.

Dutt was all praise for Kapoor and didn’t hesitate to acknowledge that Kapoor had done a better job than the real Sanjay Dutt.

“Ranbir was much much better than the real Sanju. He is really come across so well that I couldn't find any flaws,” said the Bhoomi (2017) actor.

Dutt will be seen next in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster 3 (2018).