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‘FAN’TASTIC: Sanjay Dutt

We hear that a group of die-hard Sanjay Dutt fans will fly down especially from Germany to India to spend time with their idol. The actor, who is currently stationed in Pune wrapping up Mani Shankar’s Knock Out,is pleasantly surprised by their decision. Apparently, it so happened that a couple of recent Dutt films couldn’t find a release in Germany and his fans are most disheartened. So they’re making the effort to fly down, see the films and then spend some quality time with him.

BOMBAY TIMES (October 29, 2009)

Knockout featuring Kangna Ranaut and Irrfan Khan is a rip-off of the Hollywood film Phone Booth
MUMBAI MIRROR; September 28, 2009

A little birdie tells us that producer Sohail Maklai has quietly started the shooting of his film, Knockout featuring Irrfan Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Kangna Ranaut. The film apparently, is a rip-off of the English flick Phone Booth (2003).

The shooting, it seems has begun at Mehboob Studios (Bandra) and is directed by Mani Shankar. Irrfan plays the man trapped in the booth played by Colin Farrell originally, Forest Whitaker who played the cop is played by Sanjay and Kangna plays the TV journalist played by Kim Posnett in the original. Kangna will be without her trademark curly tresses and will sport a short hairstyle like that of Barkha Dutt.

Phone Booth is about a man who is held hostage in a telephone booth by a sniper. Apart from Colin Farrell, Kim Posnett and Forest Whitaker, it also featured Katie Holmes and Kiefer Sutherland and was directed by Joel Schumacher.

However, Sohail refuting all the rumours said, “It seems that others know more about my film than I know, but it’s not true.”

Kangna Ranaut to play a bold journalist in Mani Shankar’s film. Her character is strikingly similar to broadcast journalist Barkha Dutt
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 02, 2009)

After several hard-hitting roles, Kangna Ranaut will now play a fearless journalist in her new film, which is directed by Mani Shankar. Incidentally, her role is that of a topnotch journalist who works in a prominent news channel. The reel life character sounds strikingly similar to broadcast journalist Barkha Dutt.

A source said, “Kangna is quite excited about playing a journalist for the first time. Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan are the two key characters as government agents from different walks of life who come together to raise Rs 32,000 crore in two hours. Kangna, who has a great fashion sense and is known to always experiment with her roles, is very excited about her different look in the film. She will be chopping off her trademark curly tresses and sport a short hairstyle to look like Barkha Dutt.”

Sohail Maklai, producer of the untitled film, said, “No comments.”

Kangna remained unavailable for comment.

…asks Sanjay Dutt to whom many countries are denying a visa, and who is likely to face TADA charges again

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; August 27, 2009)


Poor Sanjay Dutt. The start of his 50th year, has turned out to be most inauspicious for the actor. Bollywood producers are quickly discovering that not too many countries are keen to have Dutt as a guest on their soil for location shoots abroad. Except for South Africa and Thailand, where Dutt is welcome, visas are hard to come by nowadays for the beleaguered actor. And filmmakers like Mani Shankar are figuring out ways to shoot their entire films with Dutt in the lead at home now.


Meanwhile, further trouble for Dutt comes in the form of the law ministry planning to move Supreme Court challenging the acquital of the actor under TADA in the serial blasts case of 1993. Dutt, who was charged under the Arms Act and sentenced to six years in prison, is out on bail since August 2007. In what is being whispered as a political move, given Dutt’s proximity to the Samajwadi Party
and its leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh, the government is doing a rethink on Dutt’s status. Its argument is that non-filing of an appeal against his acquital from TADA might work to the advantage of other similarly placed accused in the blasts case.


So Dutt — who requires the court’s permission to travel abroad, will have to reconcile to the fact that going abroad for shoots or to meet family and friends is going to be a near impossibility now. This he discovered when he was denied a visa to visit Amar Singh after the latter’s kidney surgery in Singapore. Now the actor has to wait for his political mentor’s return to India. However, Dutt’s wife Maanyata, who visited Amar Singh in Singapore, may do so again on his behalf. Wearing a brave face, a hurt and frustrated Dutt said, “I don’t want to be questioned at every airport. I want to have the freedom to walk into any consulate and get a visa for any country. When will I have this freedom?”

Sanjay Dutt to play a neta in a hard-hitting political expose; hopes it will revamp his image as a politician
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 21, 2009)

Kangna Ranaut

Sanjay Dutt

In all these decades in the industry, Sanjay Dutt has never done a hardcore political thriller. But now that he’s had a taste of netagiri, Dutt is ready for the challenge. This may just work wonders for Sanjay’s career.

Sanjay, who returned to Mumbai after two months of shooting in Cape Town, has set aside all his assignments to act in a new film that promises to revamp his political image.

The untitled thriller, set in real time, will have no songs and frills and only has three main characters who never come face to face.

The  film which will be directed by the Hyderabad-based Mani Shankar (whose last espionage film Mukbiir was critically acclaimed) is about siphoning and laundering of trillions of dollars from India and being placed in unknown locations the world over.

Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan play two government agents from different walks of life who come together to raise Rs 32,000 crore in two hours.

The two-hour thriller will unfold in real time from 11 am to 1 pm.

Even more interestingly, Kangna Ranaut, who teams up with Dutt for the first time, never meets Dutt in the film.

The film, to be produced by Sohail Makhlai, brings back Mani Shankar to Mumbai to team up with Sanjay Dutt with whom he had last done the disastrous Rudra.

Mani, reluctant to reveal anything, says, “I’m under a confidentiality clause. But the film is partly based on what I saw and heard when I was on the staff in the Prime Minister’s office between 1994-1995. As part of his advisory team during my travels all over the world with the PM, I heard things that never left my mind. I knew some day I’d make a film about what I knew from the whispers in the corridors of power.”

The expose, when put on screen, promises to blow the lid off many international financial scandals where India has been involved.

Dutt, of course, is rejoicing. He gets to play a man who takes on the politicians from the inside.