Why Akshaye Khanna Did Not Play Sunil Dutt In The Sanjay Dutt Biopic?

While the news of Paresh Rawal playing Sanjay Dutt’s father in his biopic is out, SpotboyE.com tracked the reports and found out why Akshaye left the race for such a meaty role...

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Why Akshaye Khanna Did Not Play Sunil Dutt In The Sanjay Dutt Biopic?

Akshaye Khanna made his come back to the silver screen with Dishoom(2016) starring Varun Dhawan and John Abraham. A lot of people were eagerly waiting for this star performer to come out with his next film, which could have been Sanjay Dutt’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor. In fact, he was almost finalised and even trumped Jackie Shroff, who was also being considered for the role. BUT, as disappointed as we are, Akshaye Khanna is not in the race anymore and the role will be now played by Paresh Rawal.

However, SpotboyE.com has found out the reason why Akshaye is no more a part of this project. Sadly, the ONLY hitch which Akshaye and the film’s director Rajkumar Hirani had was with Akshaye’s look. 

paresh rawal and late sunil dutt in dutt biopic
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SpotboyE.com has learnt that even after trying prosthetic make-up, Akshaye and Hirani were not convinced and felt that Akshaye did not look like Sunil Dutt at all. Therefore, Akshaye who is very particular about the characters he plays and also about their sketch felt that it will be an injustice to the role if he plays it. Even Hirani was not convinced fully. That’s the reason Hirani and Akshaye mutually decided to not go ahead with their alliance.

Source also added, “Both Hirani and Akshaye respect each other a lot. They will definitely work together in future.”
Sunil Dutt’s role in the biopic is a very integral part of the script. The role is meaty and anyone in the industry would just grab it without thinking twice and why not? Sunil Dutt played a very crucial role in Sanju’s life. From being by his side when he got addicted to drugs after his mother Nargis’s death, to being his pillar of support in all the legal ordeals till his death in 2005, Sunil Dutt has been Sanjay Dutt’s backbone! Of course, his role in the biopic will be an important one.

ranbir kapoor and sonam kapoor in dutt biopic
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No wonder Paresh Rawal grabbed the opportunity with both hands. As reported by a leading daily, a film’s spokesperson said, “The film will showcase a beautiful father-son track. We are happy to have on board Paresh Rawal, who will be seen essaying Sunil Dutt in the film. As known, Sunil and Sanjay shared a deep bond in real life and Raju Sir is all set to recreate many of these heart touching moments on celluloid.”

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