Out of greed I asked Aamir to play Dutt saab’s role: Rajkumar Hirani

New Delhi: It was only a few days ago when Aamir Khan revealed why he refused to act in Sanjay Dutt’s biopic ‘Sanju’. On the trailer launch event of the film, director Rajkumar Hirani disclosed what Aamir Khan and he had talked about when he offered the former to play Sunil Dutt’s role.

‘Sanju director told IANS that when he narrated the story to Aamir, he had asked him if he would play the role of Sunil Dutt but the actor refused to take up the role since he didn’t want to play an older man post Dangal. “Aamir showed me ‘Dangal’ and said, ‘look I’m already playing an older man’s role. And after Dangal, my next film has me play an older man again, then people will stop giving me a young man’s role!’ That was a valid argument. Finally, we had Pareshji (Rawal) playing Dutt saab,” said Hirani to IANS.

Aamir Khan played the role of an aged Haryanvi wrestler, Mahavir Singh Phogat, in Dangal.

Rajkumar Hirani did not go to Aamir Kahn with the intention of asking him to play any character, yet he ended up offering him the role of Sunil Dutt. “Not with the intention of asking him to play any role. He reacted interestingly to the script and liked it. Then just out of greed, I asked Aamir if he would play Dutt saab‘s role. He took it seriously and gave it a thought,” added Hirani.

Aamir Khan had earlier said that it was actually Sanjay Dutt’s role that “won his 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,” Aamir Khan was quoted saying.

Rajkumar Hirani has a tinge of humour added to every film that he directs and on being asked if ‘Sanju’ will have the trait, the director said: “It is not that we haven’t added element of laughter in it. There is definitely fun in the film but that percentage can be more and less.”

“I will never say my films like PK and Lage Raho Munnbhai were comedy films because they had strong messages to tell,” said Hirani to IANS. Just like those films had humour, a lot of drama and other emotions. ‘Sanju’ will also run on a similar line, but the percentage of humour may vary, he informed.

‘Sanju’ is set to release on June 29.

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