Did You Know? Aamir Khan Refused To Play Sunil Dutt in ‘Sanju’; Reveals Why

Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Sanju released 3 years ago today, on June 29, 2018. While Paresh Rawal essayed the role of Sunil Dutt, it was Aamir Khan who was offered the role first.

The Sanjay Dutt’s biopic, titled Sanju, is one of the 2018’s most anticipated films with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead and guess who else we could have seen in the movie? The correct answer is Aamir Khan. At a media interaction that time, Aamir Khan revealed that Mr Hirani had offered him the role of Sunil Dutt in the biopic but it was Sanjay Dutt’s character, which Aamir was actually interested in. 

On June 29, 2018, we all got a glimpse of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s life in Movie Sanju. Women, guns and, of course, Bollywood films were the main focus of the film. As Ranbir essayed the titular role to the T, the audience was fascinated by the turbulent life story of one of Bollywood’s most controversial and successful actors, Sanjay Dutt.

Apart from the script and plot, what also seemed to impress fans was the casting. Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt was believable if not extraordinary. And while Ranbir played junior Dutt, the role of Sanjay Dutt’s father, Sunil Dutt, was essayed by Paresh Rawal.  However, Aamir Khan was the first choice of Hirani for the the role sanjay dutt’s father sunil dutt, But the actor refused to be part of the movie and revealed the reason behind the same.

In an interview with NDTV in 2018, Aamir revealed that he did not want to play the role of Sanjay’s father but Sanjay himself, and hence, he did not take it up. The actor said that he did not want to be on the sets and think that Ranbir’s lines should have been his.

“I can’t do any other role but Sanjay Dutt’s,” Aamir Khan had said during an interaction with the media in 2018.

“Dutt Saab’s role is a fabulous role. There is so much about Sanju’s relationship with his father, but Sanju’s role is unbelievable. I told Raju that role had won my heart. In this film, I can’t do any other role apart from Sanjay Dutt’s, which I can’t do because Ranbir is doing. So don’t offer me any other role. I can’t come to a set thinking and be looking at Ranbir and be like, hmmm.. these should be my lines,” Aamir had further said.

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While Rajkumar Hirani was fixed on casting Ranbir Kapoor, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra had a different take on the casting. He wanted Ranveer Singh and not Ranbir Kapoor to be cast in and as Sanju. Chopra once revealed that he felt that Ranveer had the flamboyance and the emotional depth the character demanded. However, later they ended up casting Ranbir Kapoor.

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