The biggest film of Ranbir Kapoor’s career Sanju is running quite successfully at the box-office. While the audience is appreciating the efforts of many actors in the film, they cannot stop praising director Rajkumar Hirani for his splendid scriptwriting, editing, and direction. As Sanju tells the controversial story of Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt, it takes the audience through the journey of the actor right from the problem of his drugs addiction to his struggle in jail for the Bombay blasts case.
However, the film also had its share of controversies when a case was filed against Rajkumar Hirani and the actors for demeaning the sex workers in one of the scenes in the film.
In another case, Hirani added a cheeky scene in Sanju that could well be a borderline case of derogating a political leader. Apparently, Sanjay Dutt visited a very distinguished veteran politician in the hope to get some help for his serious legal troubles.
This incident was recreated by Hirani in the film when Ranbir Kapoor as Sanju visits the political leader played by Aanjjan Shrivastava in the film. However, when Sanju was narrating his problems to the leader he simply fell asleep. And then in an ironic voice-over, Dutt says:
“We still don’t know whether he pretended to go to sleep to avoid hearing my problems or he actually fell asleep.”
Well, anyone familiar with the Sanjay Dutt’s story would recognize the eminent politician with a sense of poetry and oratorical skills, the film is referring to. It is already very well known that Dutt visited the then prime minister in 1999 for help in his cases while visiting New York.
Incidentally, when questioned about the scene, a member of the censor board said:
“We all knew whom the film was referring to. But he is mentioned only as ‘The Politician’. If we raised a hue and cry about it this venerated politician’s name would’ve been out in the public domain and the film’s team would have denied it was the politician we all know.”
Therefore, concealing the identity of the politician, Sanju easily got away with the savage attack on the media.