Sanju might have been garnering all kinds of reviews from the audience and critics but one thing is for sure that it had an exemplary cast! From Ranbir Kapoor to Anushka Sharma to Dia Mirza, everybody played their roles to perfection and they can't be appreciated enough for it. But the one performance that stood out in this story is Paresh Rawal's portrayal of Late Sunil Dutt, Sanjay Dutt's father.
From his determination to his simplicity, Paresh Rawal looked and acted exactly how the audience remembers Sunil Dutt. In an exclusive interview to Indian Express, Paresh Rawal has revealed how Sunil Dutt's role was 'divine intervention’. An old birthday letter by Dutt senior was a sign for Paresh Rawal to take on the role of Sunil Dutt in Sanju.
"On May 25, 2005, I was shooting for a movie and I called up home to say that I will be late today. And during the shooting, we got to know that Dutt Sahab (Sunil Dutt) has passed away, so I called up my wife and said I will come a bit late because Dutt Sahab has passed away and I am going to his house. She then told me that there is a letter for you from him (Sunil Dutt). I asked her what the letter was and she said it is for wishing you a happy birthday. I told her that my birthday is on May 30, which is five days away but she said the letter is for you and she even read it to me. I was so surprised. Why would Dutt Sahab send me a birthday letter five days before my birthday? And we have never exchanged any holiday greetings in the past – be it Diwali or Christmas – so why would he write to me?"
When Paresh Rawal went to meet Rajkumar Hirani for the narration of his part in Sanju, the old letter from Sunil Dutt resurfaced.
Paresh Rawal revealed, "On January 3, 2017, I asked my wife to take out a couple of my documents as I was going to meet Rajkumar Hirani. I told her I will pick up those documents when I come back. When I was sitting with Rajkumar Hirani, my wife called me and said that along with the documents, that letter from Sunil Dutt Sahab was also there. She asked me what I wanted to do about it? And I was stunned as I was narrated the part of Sunil Dutt for the movie."
This was a hint for Paresh Rawal to take up the role. "...it was again found on the same day Rajkumar Hirani narrated the Sanju role to me. It is like a divine intervention. I showed that letter to Rajkumar Hirani later," he said.
And as luck would have it, Paresh Rawal has received rave reviews for his portrayal. Talk about signs from the universe!
Featured Image Source: Sanjay Dutt on Instagram