Ever since the release of posters, teaser and finally the trailer of Sanjay Dutt biopic titled Sanju, Ranbir Kapoor has been flooded with accolades all over. But one actor from the Bollywood industry had a different opinion. It was  Sanjay Dutt’s close friend Salman Khan.

During a media interaction for Race 3, Salman had said, “I was wondering why is someone other than him (Dutt) is playing his part in the film. I think the last 7-8 years of his life in the movie should have been done by himself as no one can do it better than him.”

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Ranbir Kapoor recently responded to this, and said someone playing himself in his own biopic “destroys the effect of a character”. “It has never happened that a person played himself in his own biopic. This destroys the effect of a character. I knew that I will be compared to Sanjay Dutt and that is why I have tried my best to do justice to his role,” he said during a media interaction for Sanju.

He added: “Whether people see me in 40-year old Sanjay Dutt’s avatar or 20-year old, they should feel that they are watching an artist who is playing Sanjay Dutt. It is correct that I cannot become a second Sanjay Dutt.”

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When asked about his experience of playing Sanjay Dutt, Ranbir said, “It feels special as Sanju is the first time I am doing a biopic and I am playing father to Sanjay Dutt’s children in the film, with whom I have interacted. So I had some form of connect. I hope I can play a character in an entire film where I am fathering a film or a child. I think it will be quite amazing.”

Sanju, a Rajkumar Hirani directorial, is all set to hit the theatres on June 29, 2018.