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SANJU: Ranbir Kapoor to Sanjay Dutt – The Transformation | Rajkumar Hirani | In Cinemas Now

The day we decided
to make Sanjay Dutt’s biopic… our biggest challenge was…
“Who will play Sanjay Dutt?” Somebody has to not only
look like him… but also feel
and behave like him. I asked who’s going to play him? Will Sanjay Dutt play himself? So they said, “Ranbir Kapoor.” What?
Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt? When Raju sir messaged me.. “Hey, I’m ready with the first draft…” “Can I narrate it to you?” I was very excited,
“So I said, ‘Of course, sir.'” I just hope it’s not
the Sanjay Dutt biopic. He messaged saying, “Yes, it is.” Ranbir had a lot of apprehensions… how will he look like Sanjay Dutt. Sanjay is bigger in size… his style is different
so he was really worried, how will he not just look
like him but also feel like him. I am not him, I can never be him. There is only one Sanjay Dutt
and nobody can emulate him. So I had my fears…
“How will I be able to play Sanjay Dutt.” It was very clear that
if we can’t achieve the look… we won’t make this film. Our first challenge was… to see if Ranbir can physically
transform into Sanjay Dutt. Ranbir has a lean body… so for him to be like Sanjay Dutt
he had to really work hard. Go to the gym
change his diet… put on weight and that
meant a lot of work. To be honest, I detest the gym.
I can’t stand it. It’s an occupational hazard,
so I have to go. I have done about 13-14 films now… but this was the first opportunity where
I could do something with my body. So I took it up as a challenge. It requires a lot of discipline…
lot of sacrifice. I was having eight meals a day. Waking up at three in the morning
to have a protein shake. It’s something I didn’t imagine I could do. But Sanjay Dutt represents… the epitome of body building and… I could not screw that up. If I am going to play Sanjay Dutt on screen… getting that physique was essential. I had a certain muscular look
which I have never had in my life. Everybody on set looked at me
in a way that… okay… we’ve achieved something. I think we won the first battle
when Ranbir started looking… like the younger Sanju. But that was just one look. In this journey, we needed
six different looks. He had to play a youth of 20… and a man of 55. I think the hardest look was
the “coming out of prison” moment. It’s iconic! Because it was so iconic
and fresh in people’s minds, we had to get that right. We had to now achieve
Sanju’s older look… for that we needed
to bring in the experts. So we got Vikram Gaekwad
to design the look, Clover, who was
the prosthetics expert, Aalim Hakim for hair styling. Aging is my priority…
yet, let that charm be there. Sanjay Dutt’s face has changed
over the years because of alcohol. His face had gotten puffy… his chin had come down… and that added to his aging process. Tests after tests…
and we kept failing. It’s really hard because you’ve to sit
in a chair for six hours hoping… “God make this work.” And in just 30 seconds,
when you see it… and decide it’s not working. Six hours of work
down the drain. Now, without the beard and the cap,
you’re not looking like Sanju. See, it was critical
that Ranbir looks like Sanju. But every time we did the tests
and it failed… we felt it won’t happen. But luckily we had an enthusiastic team
which was not giving up. Finally when we hit that look, Raju sir saw it and he was like…
“This is it!” “I think we got it.” I was the first to reach there and
saw Ranbir through his side profile and for a second I actually thought
that Sanju had come. Finally the look where
Sanju comes out of prison, in his blue shirt and beard. When that look matched, I felt that now that we’ve got this look, we’ll be able to achieve
the other looks. And that day I felt confident
that we will be able to make the film. It’s amazing! His body language
is absolutely like Sanjay Dutt. For me, this film without Ranbir Kapoor
wouldn’t have worked. I think it was the third
or fourth day of shoot… and in walks Mr. Sanjay Dutt. I am looking at myself
playing that guy who I love… who is watching me play him. It’s one of the top moments of my life. Soon, I’ll be off to prison… but before that, I want to say
a few lines for all of you.. My autobiography is about to be released, but my mustache is released instead.

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