Ranbir Kapoor is currently busy promoting his upcoming film 'Sanju' which is based on the controversial life of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Ranbir has expressed that he was happy to play Sanjay Dutt on[-screen as it challenged him as an actor and gave a clear vision about the life of his family friend Sanjay Dutt.
The family of Sanjay Dutt and Ranbir Kapoors have always maintained a good relationship with each other. Apart from working together on-screen, the families participated in each other's family functions and gatherings.
However, there was a time when Rishi Kapoor yelled at Sanjay Dutt and asked him not to spoil his son. In an interview with DNA, Ranbir narrated a story. He told,
“I saw Sanjay sir for the first time in Kashmir. He was shooting for Sahibaan(1993) with Papa (Rishi Kapoor). I recall seeing this tall man with long hair, wearing an earring, dressed in a Pathani; I was quite mesmerised by his aura. I was fascinated with him from the word go. During our growing up years, my sister, Riddhima, had Salman Khan’s poster in her cupboard while I had that of Sanjay sir’s. So, I have always idolised him. Of course, he’s very close to the family. He treats me like a younger brother and spoils me with many gifts as well as a lot of love. He gave me a Harley Davidson motorcycle for my birthday. He used to pick me up for a drive in his Ferrari late in the night. It seems life has come a full circle with him when I got an opportunity to portray him on screen. Initially, I didn’t have the confidence to play the part. However, when Raju sir shared the script with me, I discovered a human side to Sanjay sir. It’s not the Sanjay Dutt we know. I’ve a lot more admiration and respect for him now.”
He added, “I remember I had to hide it from Papa for a long time as he doesn’t like bikes. When he found out that Sanjay sir had gifted me one, he called him and fired him. He told him, ‘Stop spoiling my son, isko tere jaisa mat bana.’ But now, he’s aware that I have the bike. It is one of my most prized possessions.”
When Rajkumar Hirani showed Sanju Trailer to Rishi Kapoor, he was shocked and couldn't believe that his son was playing Sanjay. He swore that he thought it was Sanjay Dutt playing the role himself.
Sanju stars Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, and Manisha Koirala. The film will hit the screens on 29 June.