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Despite the stupendous success of his film Sanju (based on Sanjay Dutt’s life), filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani received brickbats for ‘whitewashing and glorifying’ actor Sanjay Dutt’s image. Hirani, who was addressing media in Melbourne during the International Film Festival of Melbourne, told IANS, “Whitewashing as a word is being thrown open. If you've watched the film, what was Sanju's crime?”
He said that Dutt did possess a gun and the film showed that. He claimed, “We have shown that he served five years in jail and that he is saying it was a mistake. So, where is the question of ‘whitewashing?’ What have I whitewashed? I want to understand that.”
Hirani further said, “People are using this word ‘whitewash.’ I want to know what have I whitewashed? I have shown that he had 308 girlfriends that he was so addicted to drugs, he slept with his friend's girlfriend. Is this whitewashing? If we had to whitewash anyone, we would have made him Mahatma Gandhi. What have we whitewashed? Tell us his crime?”
Hirani asked, “Again, where have I glorified is what I want to ask? Is this glorification that he slept with his friend's girlfriend, kept a gun, did drugs, made a girl wear a commode (ring) on her neck? We have shown all this. Still, people are saying we have glorified his life. Who knew this that instead of putting a mangalsutra, he put a commode (ring) on a girl.”