Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra Reveals How He Casted Sanjay Dutt For Munna Bhai After Industry Banned The Actor

Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra Reveals How He Casted Sanjay Dutt For Munna Bhai After Industry Banned The Actor

Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra has recently talked about Sanjay Dutt’s films. The filmmaker also said something shocking about Sanjay’s role in ‘Munna Bhai’. 

Vidhu Vinod Chopra said that after being convicted in a terrorism case, Sanjay was banned by the entire industry at that time, but Vidhu Vinod did not feel that it was right to do so. So, to show solidarity with Sanjay, he announced that he has signed him for a project.

Earlier, Sanjay had got the role of Jimmy Shergill, in which Shahrukh Khan would have been seen in the lead role of Munna Bhai.

In a conversation at ‘Kellogg Management School’, Vidhu Vinod Chopra said that he did not want to cast Sanjay Dutt in the film, which is why, when the actor was released from jail and ready to work, he told him That they have to do this. 

He said, that when Sanjay Dutt went to jail, he didn’t know him at all. The entire industry banned him, but he felt it was very wrong, so he went to his house and announced a film with him. His father said he would be banned too, but Vidhu said, ‘I don’t care.’

He further said as quoted by News 18, “Then, Sanjay Dutt comes out of jail. I remember him calling me from the car. He said he wanted to meet, and he wanted his first comeback film to be with me. I told him, ‘I’ll never make a film with you, I just announced it because it was the right thing to do’. He’s a very simple man. A good man, but a simple man. He thought the announcement meant that we were actually going to work together. I said, ‘I cannot make a film with you unless the equation changes, because I cannot exploit a good deed’. It’s a terrible thing to do, that you do something good and exploit it.”

Vidhu Vinod Chopra said that when he asked Sanjay Dutt to play the role of Jimmy Shergill, he agreed. He said, ‘I will do anything’. Then, of course, Shahrukh came to him and there was something wrong with his throat, that’s when he decided that Sanjay Dutt was the right person for that role. 

Later Vidhu Vinod told Sanjay Dutt that he is playing Munna Bhai and that is how he was casted.

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