Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt biopic is in news ever since its announcement and it won’t be wrong to say that it is one of the most-awaited films of this year. Half of the shooting for the film has already been done and the team will head for a schedule in New York later this year.

“Shooting wise, 60 percent of the film is done. We are starting our next schedule now and will wrap that up by mid-June and after that, we will have another schedule in New York,” Hirani said on Sunday as he launched writer-director Tanuja Chandra’s book Bijnis Woman.

In fact, after Ranbir Kapoor’s pictures as Sanjay Dutt were leaked online, all his fans went crazy after seeing him in this avatar and was not able to recognize him at first. When asked about leaked pictures of Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt, Hirani said: “That look was not supposed to get leaked. We were shooting that scene at Carter Road, and media somehow clicked and leaked those pictures.”

While Rajkumar Hirani is really upset with all the leaked pictures, he is excited about the project. “I am very glad that we are making a film with lot of positivity and happiness and I feel when you make a film with lot of joy, you are bound to make a good film and the story of the film is brilliant. Plus, Ranbir Kapoor is looking incredible in the film,” Hirani added.

Hirani, known for the Munna Bhai series and 3 Idiots, said his films are based and inspired from books and life’s experiences. “Whatever you make has to come from either your experiences or from what you have read or seen somewhere. I feel every creation is from your memories. Abhijat Joshi (co-writer) and me especially choose to pick some memories and real life incidents and modify it. We usually pick it from our life and modify it to suit our film,” he said.

Talking about his love for books, Hirani said: “Books are really precious. I really like reading. I can’t sleep till the time I don’t read a book even if it is for 10 minutes. But now I feel that culture is vanishing somewhere. I think books are your friends and books are best way to get knowledge, stories and to know the world.”

The Sanjay Dutt biopic also stars Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Karishma Tanna, Vicky Kaushal, Dia Mirza and Jim Sarbh. The film is scheduled to release around the end of this year in December.

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