Mumbai: Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Sanju’, released on June 29, is set to breach the Rs 300 crore-mark. Fans have lapped up the biopic based on the life of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt and it has won accolades for Ranbir Kapoor, who portrays the actor in the film. But the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is far from impressed, as is evident from the editorial in its mouthpiece Panchjanya, lambasting Hirani’s latest offering. “The biopic on Sanjay Dutt’s life glorifies” the underworld and the actor’s “vices”.
Comparing the Hindi film industry with Hollywood, the editorial said, “How ironical it is, on one hand Hollywood has made films like The Man Who Knew Infinity based on Ramanujan, and on the other hand Bollywood celebrates underworld.” It also brought up Dutt’s conviction under the Arms Act, his arrest following the 1993 Mumbai blasts and his strenuous equation with his daughter from his first marriage.
“Sanjay Dutt is a man of many vices. He was involved in the 1993 serial blasts and communal riots. He kept weapons in his house and didn’t let the police know about it. He married thrice and didn’t meet his daughter for years. The film shows he was in a relationship with 308 women. ‘Sanju’ didn’t keep the honour of his parents. This is Sanjay Dutt,” it said. The article questioned the need for a biopic on Dutt and went on to further delve into an earlier Hirani offering, ‘PK’, dubbing it anti-Hindu.
“Do these traits qualify for a glorious hero? Is the Bollywood trying to serve him as an ideal?… What extraordinary work has Sanjay Dutt done in his life that Bollywood made a biopic?”
It went on to wonder if Bollywood’s “obsession” with the underworld was being funded by Gulf countries. “This is not the first time that Bollywood has made a film with underworld characters. In past few years, we have had a film on Dawood Ibrahim, his sister Haseena, Chhota Rajan, Arun Gawli, Gujarat’s Abdul.”