Letter Written By Sunil Dutt 13 Years Ago Inspired Paresh Rawal To Play His Role In ‘Sanju’

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1:09 pm 9 Jul, 2018


Bollywood has some supporting actors who perform at par and sometimes even better than the main leads when it comes to their acting skills. Paresh Rawal is one such actor who has managed to impress one and all with his stellar acting talent. Whether it is a comic role, a serious role or a negative role, he does them all with equal excellence. The actor is all set to play former Indian intelligence and law enforcement officer Ajit Doval in an upcoming film.

But before that, Paresh Rawal has impressed his fans yet again with his extraordinary performance in ‘Sanju’. In the film, the actor has played the role of Sanjay Dutt’s father, Sunil Dutt. After Ranbir Kapoor‘s performance, it is Paresh Rawal’s work that has been appreciated the most by fans and critics alike.


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Paresh Rawal in ‘Sanju’. Source


Surprisingly, there is a sheer coincidence associated with Paresh Rawal playing Sunil Dutt. Paresh Rawal received a letter from Sunil Dutt on May 25, 2005, wishing him for his birthday that was on May 30. The letter was written on a letterhead and had Sunil Dutt’s signature at the end. Paresh Rawal was excited as well as surprised on getting the letter from the legendary actor.


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Paresh Rawal and Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Sanju’. Source


It is this letter that urged Paresh Rawal to play Sunil Dutt’s role in Sanjay Dutt’s biopic ‘Sanju’. But this is not the only coincidence associated with Sunil Dutt and Paresh Rawal and the letter that former wrote. Incidentally, Sunil Dutt had written the letter in the last few hours of his life. For the uninitiated, Sunil Dutt died of heart attack on May 25, 2005, the very same day Paresh Rawal got a letter from him.


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Sunil Dutt. Source


Writing a letter to Paresh Rawal, the actor who would play his role 13 years later was perhaps the last thing Sunil Dutt did before his death. Isn’t that a striking coincidence? In an interview to the Indian Express, Paresh Rawal suggested that the letter was “divine intervention”. Revealing the entire story around the letter, how he received it and a few hours later got the news of Sunil Dutt’s death, Paresh Rawal said:

“On May 25, 2005, I was shooting for a movie and I called up home to say that I will be late today. And during the shooting, we got to know that Dutt Sahab (Sunil Dutt) has passed away, so I called up my wife and said I will come a bit late because Dutt Sahab has passed away and I am going to his house. She then told me that there is a letter for you from him (Sunil Dutt). I asked her what the letter was and she said it is for wishing you a happy birthday. I told her that my birthday is on May 30, which is five days away but she said the letter is for you and she even read it to me. I was so surprised. Why would Dutt Sahab send me a birthday letter five days before my birthday? And we have never exchanged any holiday greetings in the past – be it Diwali or Christmas – so why would he write to me?”





Paresh Rawal went on to say:

“On January 3, 2017, I asked my wife to take out a couple of my documents as I was going to meet Rajkumar Hirani. I told her I will pick up those documents when I come back. When I was sitting with Rajkumar Hirani, my wife called me and said that along with the documents, that letter from Sunil Dutt Sahab was also there. She asked me what I wanted to do about it? And I was stunned as I was narrated the part of Sunil Dutt for the movie.”


Paresh Rawal. Source


Sharing how the letter is associated with more than one major coincidences, Paresh Rawal further said:

See, usually you don’t keep birthday cards for 12 years, you discard them. You forget about them, but that letter was there with all my important documents and it was again found on the same day Rajkumar Hirani narrated the Sanju role to me. It is like a divine intervention. I showed that letter to Rajkumar Hirani later.


Isn’t that utterly surprising?