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Ram Gopal Varma wishes to make film on 'real story' of Sanjay Dutt


The filmmaker wants to make another film on Dutt, one that will explore what actually went down during the 1993 Mumbai blasts and how the actor acquired the AK-56 rifle.

Sonal Pandya

Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju, a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, has been steam-rolling its way at the box-office after having earned more than Rs300 crore. The film’s cast, namely Ranbir Kapoor and Vicky Kaushal, have been praised for their performances, but there are people who didn’t like the biopic. Many have stated that the film is a slightly sanitized version of the actor’s life.

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma wants to make another film on Dutt, one that shows 'the real story' of Dutt’s life and will explore what actually went down during the 1993 Mumbai blasts and how the actor acquired the AK-56 rifle.

Varma, who has worked with Dutt on the films like Daud (1997) and Department (2012), confirmed the film’s status to Mumbai Mirror, a tabloid. He will be speaking to those who knew Dutt at the time, including the police officers on the 1993 blast investigation.

This is the fifth project on a real-life person announced by the filmmaker. Since the past year-and- a-half, Varma has been working on biopics on VK Sasikala, the close aide and confidante of late Tamil Nadu chief minister, J Jayalalithaa; cinema legend NT Rama Rao, underworld don-turned-philanthropist Muthappa Rai and Nathuram Godse, the man who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi. All of these films have yet to see the light of day.

After Sridevi’s death this February, the filmmaker and self-confessed fan of the actress, was rumoured to begin a project on her life as well, but the news was never confirmed by Varma himself.

His last few films, including Sarkar 3 (2017) with Amitabh Bachchan and the Telugu film Officer (2018), starring Nagarjuna, have failed at the box office.