Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani unveiled that he made some changes in Sanju script to create some empathy for the actor after people hated him in screen tested period. “According to sources”
Hirani said the initial edit featured the actor’s story as it was and thus was not liked by people.
“During the shoot I felt ‘What am I doing, I’m going wrong.’ In fact, when the first edit was ready and we screened for people, they hated him. They said we don’t like this man, we don’t want to watch him,” he said.
“Because I wanted to do a true story, I didn’t create any empathy towards him. I said lets not create empathy and show (him) as he is. But later I understood that he is our hero, we need some empathy for him,” the director added.
The film director said that he had to add some kind of scenes to create empathy for the actor which was not there earlier.
“The scene where he tries to kill himself after the verdict is out; which he had mentioned to me but we didn’t put in the film, I shot it later. It was not in the original script. I thought through this some empathy will come. The initial test reactions were like ‘naah we don’t like this guy…’ Every film is a journey. Some things work and some don’t. I still see flaws in the film but you try your best and hope your best is good enough.”
The director was in conversation with writer Anjum Rajabali at Indian Film and TV Directors Association’s (IFTDA) special masterclass on Wednesday.