Mahesh Manjrekar: Disappointed With "Sanju" As Biopic, But Enjoys It As Movie

Kanchana Ngan |Jan 26, 2019

In a recent interview with Mumbai Mirror, Mahesh Manjrekar confessed his disappointment over "Sanju" as a biographical production.

The actor-director Mahesh Manjrekar had a cameo role in the movie Sanju last year. In the film, he played himself, one of the close friends of actor Sanjay Dutt, the film's lead character.

In a recent interview with Mumbai Mirror, Mahesh Manjrekar revealed that he just partially enjoyed the movie due to its biographical lack. "I have seen Sanju, and it is a well-made commercial film. However, it left a lot unexplored," he shared.

Mahesh Manjrekar
Mahesh Manjrekar in "Sanju".

Sanju narrates the story life of the famous actor Sanjay Dutt. As a friend of him, as well as cooperators in some movies such as Kaante and Musafir, Mahesh Manjrekar realised that some crucial chapters in Sanjay's life were left out in the film. For example, his first marriage with Richa Sharma, their daughter Trishala, or his involvement in Bombay Blasts (1993). Not only Mahesh, but many other movie watchers also acknowledged the improper absence and threw heavy criticism.

Director of the film, Rajkumar Hirani, aimed at producing a commercial movie, and he successfully did it. Sanju earned over Rs. 300 crores at the box office, leading it among the top-grossing films of 2018, and the high number was enough to prove so. However, regarding biopic movie, Mahesh Manjrekar confessed that he was far from agreeing with Rajkumar's directing way. Instead, he would somewhat change it and make it a real documentary film worth watching by both the public or experienced critics. "I would have directed it with a different approach," added he.

About Mahesh Manjrekar's upcoming directorial project, it is claimed to be a Hindi film inspired by the iconic Godfather franchise. He has recently finished shooting in Mumbai and is looking forward to an appropriate time to publicise its information such as cast, crew and release date. The movie is anticipated by numerous people and also a must-watch flick at the beginning of 2019.


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