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I am not Sanjay Dutt’s best friend, says Rajkumar Hirani

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Mumbai, Sep 13: Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani says he is not actor Sanjay Dutt’s close friend.

From Sanjay’s drug addiction, personal affairs, a jail term for possession of arms in connection with the 1993 serial blasts, to his bonds with his parents and friends — Hirani’s “Sanju” delved into different aspects of the actor’s life but many felt that the film also left out a lot. The makers were even accused of whitewashing, media bashing and glorification.

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“The film ‘Sanju’ has nothing to do with my relationship with Sanjay (Dutt). I could have made some other film may be ‘PK’ part two or another part of ‘3 Idiots’ but I got carried away by hearing his story,” Hirani said.

“I don’t think I am his best friend, I made the film because of his story,” Hirani told screenwriter Anjum Rajabali at the Indian Film and TV Directors Association’s (IFTDA) special masterclass on Wednesday here.

“Though I have done two films with him like ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ and ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.’ I have never partied with him. I do not come under his friend circle. He is close with Sanjay Gupta, Mahesh Manjrekar and those people,” added the filmmaker.

Recollecting one incident, he said: “I remember during the shoot of ‘Munna Bhai…’, when Mahesh or Sanjay used to come and chat with him on-set about party, drinking etc. Sanjay used to feel very uncomfortable if I was present there. So, I would say I am not Sanjay’s closest friend but made the film and put out my perception of his character.”

What was his perception of Sanjay?

“My perception of Sanjay was that, though most of his actions are wrong, like sleeping with a friend’s girlfriend, keeping the gun, doing drugs etc. But he is not a villain, he is not a bad man from his heart,” he added.

“Sanju” touched upon a few important chapters of Sanjay’s life, and Hirani says finding the base of all the anecdotes for the story was tricky.

“A filmmaker makes a film from his interpretation of a story. In Sanjay’s story, how he got the firearms, what he did with that when police arrested him — could be the story of a whole film. In fact, I think if Anurag Kashyap made Sanjay’s story, he would have made the film based on that chapter. If someone wants to sensationalise (the story), (they) would make a story about his girlfriends. But I was interested in what was happening between him and his father. I was interested in a father-son relationship,” Hirani said.

He feels it is good that he made the film now.

“When someone asked me that why I made a film on Sanjay since he is alive, I said that at least, I heard from him, so it is authentic. After his death different people will tell their perception of Sanjay,” he added.

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Salma Hayek’s daughter is her ‘greatest teacher’

“I’m glad I didn’t have her earlier. I’m a better person because I got to do a lot of things that were important to me first,” she told The Telegraph in an interview.

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Los Angeles, Sep 21 : Actress Salma Hayek says her daughter Valentina came into her life as her greatest teacher and joy.

Hayek marked her daughter’s 13th birthday by sharing a photo of herself along with Valentina as a baby on Instagram.

“Valentina, I never wished for someone to exist as much as I wished for you to come into my life. Thank you for showing up thirteen years ago on a day like today, “Peace Day”, to illuminate our lives. You are my greatest teacher, my greatest joy and my greatest hope. I loved you before you were born and I’ll love you forever. Happy birthday, my shining star,” Salma wrote.

The actress had confirmed her engagement to French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault as well as her pregnancy in March 2007. She gave birth to daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault in Los Angeles and got married to Francois-Henri on Valentine’s Day 2009 in Paris.

Salma was 41 when she gave birth to Valentina and doesn’t regret being an older mom.

“I’m glad I didn’t have her earlier. I’m a better person because I got to do a lot of things that were important to me first,” she told The Telegraph in an interview.

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Payal Ghosh to file police complaint against Anurag Kashyap

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Mumbai, Sep 21 : Actress Payal Ghosh, who has levelled sexual harassment allegations against Anurag Kashyap, is all set to file a police complaint against the filmmaker here on Monday.

The complaint will be registered at Oshiwara Police Station.

“I will be reaching at Payal Residence at 8.00 pm and will proceed to Oshiwara police station about 8.30 to 9.00 pm for registration of crime,” Payal Ghosh’s advocate Nitin Satpute shared in a statement.

“Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi” actress Payal Ghosh has brought #metoo allegation against Anurag Kashyap. In an interview with IANS, Payal claimed that Kashyap stripped off in front of her and tried to molest her back in 2014.

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Ram Gopal Varma: The Anurag Kashyap I know is a highly sensitive and emotional person

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Director Ram Gopal Varma has tweeted extending support to filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who currently faces sexual harassment allegations from upcoming actress Payal Ghosh.

“The @anuragkashyap72 I know is a highly sensitive and emotional person and I never saw or heard about him hurting anyone in all of the 20 years that I have known him…So I frankly can’t picture what’s happening now,” Varma tweeted on Monday.

Varma’s tweet comes at a time Kashyap has been named in #metoo allegation by “Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi” actress Payal Ghosh.

Ever since Payal levelled her charges, Kashyap has received support from several other Bollywood colleagues including filmmakers Hansal Mehta, Vasan Bala and Anubhav Sinha. His ex-wives Aarti Bajaj and Kalki Koechlin have stood by him as have actresses Taapsee Pannu, Tisca Chopra, Surveen Chawla, and Mahie Gill among others.

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