The crippling debacle of Sanjay Dutt’s post-incarceration film Bhoomi has shocked the film industry. No one expected such a low interest-level in Dutt after his return.
Sources say that the film’s producers T series lost heavily on the project.
“In fact Simran which was released a week before Bhoomi by T Series made more money than Bhoomi.And the joke doing the rounds is that Kangana Ranaut has a larger fan-following than Sanjay Dutt,” says an unnamed source close to the developments.
In the meanwhile Sanjay Dutt’s team is in a panic mode regarding his next career move. For starters,post theBhoomi debacle Dutt has opted out of the same director Omung Kumar’s next project The Good Maharaja, a bio-pic on the Maharaja Of Jamnagar which Dutt seemed most excited about doing until Bhoomi tanked.
A prominent actor from Bhoomi says Sanjay Dutt was never happy with the way a sensitive issue like rape was being handled in Bhoomi.
“Both Dutt and Aditi Rao had arguments about the crudity of the dialogues . And Aditi in fact refused to mouth some of the cruder dialogues,” says a source.
Damage done, Dutt won’t repeat the same mistake again. Opting out of Omung Kumar’s next the actor has sent feelers to his favourite director Raj Kumar Hirani to do the third film in the Munnabhai series.
“Everyone in Sanjay Dutt’s team feels only a Munnabhai film can resurrect his career at this juncture . Though the announcements regarding the next Munnabhai film that have appeared all across the print and internet arehighy premature(probably a device to deflect attention from the Bhoomi disaster),it is a fact that Dutt has askedHirani to do another Munnabhai film. And Hirani has assured Dutt he will get down to it right after he finishes the Sanjay Butt bio-pic starring Ranbir Kapoor.”
Sources say Dutt is also shaky about the bio-pic.
“Going by Ranbir Kapoor’s boxoffice record it would be a miracle if Dutt performs well. Also, the script is being revised and many of the more controversial aspects of Sanjay Dutt’s life would now be toned down or omitted from Hirani’s film. So essentially the audience would see a watered-down version of Dutt’s life,” says a source.
Besides Munnabhai Dutt is also keen to do a full-on action film with one of the top director today. For this he needs to and intends to get into physical shape immediately.
One of the reasons why Bhoomi didn’t work was the lack of muscle power in Sanjay Dutt’s character.Watching him whine cry plead and bleed for his daughter’s izzat was a mistake.
Watching Dutt go wimpy and weepy on the audience was a strategic error, that the actor is determined to rectify.You don’t do that to Baba.