Sanjay Dutt - News / Forthcoming Projects
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Plans and Projects
Hasmukh Pighal Gaya (cameo)
Sanjay Dutt Production, written by Bhavesh and Umesh, and with a fresh starcast with newcomers, directed by Sejal Shah. Amitabh Bachchan does a special appearance.
Sanjay Dutt in Pitaah
Plans / Rumours
21 Battle of Saragarhi - From Ashes to Glory (planned)
Some years ago, Sanjay Dutt Productions and G S Entertainment planned to produce a period film based on the battle of Saragarhi which was fought during the Tirah Campaign on 12 September 1897 between 21 Sikhs of a Sikh Regiment of British India, defending an army post, and 10,000 Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen in a last stand; all the Sikh soldiers fell. Rohit Jugraj was to direct the film with Sanjay as the lead actor in the role of Havildar Ishar Singh, who led the Sikh onslaught in that battle. Bunty Walia from G S Entertainment, who is a Sikh, had been dreaming of making a film on this event for a long time; when Rohit Jugraj appraoched him with the same idea, they talked to Sanjay about it as they wanted him to play the Sikh leader. Sanjay liked the story and was even wiling to produce the film. For the huge amount of special effects many technicians from abroadwere hired, some of them having assisted on the Hollywood film 300; Rohit was in talks with special effects supervisor Chris Watts and cinematographer Christopher Doyle. With a budget estimated to be around Rs 200 crore (Bunty: "We have to pay 21 actors for this film!") this was likely to become one of Hindi Cinema's most expensive films. The shooting will planned to be in Morocco as the topography of Morocco is quite similar to the topography of the North West Province where the Battle of Saragarhi took place. But in 2009, also due to the high costs, the project had been shelved.
In April 2012, however, Sanjay confirmed that he still wants to make this film and that he and Ajay Devgn now want to produce it together.
All The Best Sequel (planned)
After the success of All The Best, Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty are planning a sequel, and Sanjay would love to be a part of it again.
Arshad Warsi Project (rumour)
Arshad plans to direct his first film and allegedly wants to rope in Sanjay Dutt and Boman Irani.
Bejoy Nambiar's Next (rumour)
Sanjay allegedly plays the antagonist in Bejoy Nambiar's next with Shahid Kapoor (produced by Mubina Rattonsey).
Brindavanam Remake (rumour)
Director Vamsi Paidipally links Sanjay with a remake of Brindavanam and with Prakash Raj's role in it.
Chakravarthy (Kannada, guest role; not confirmed yet)
Producer Prasad offered Sanjay a guest role as a don in his next Kannada film Chakravarthy starring Duniya Vijay.
Source (this article also mentions the rumour of Sanjay playing the baddie in a Tamil film starring Rajnikanth)
Anthony D'Souza plans an end-of-the-world film in 2013. It's said that he wants to have Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Kumar for the leads.
Dus 2 (planned)
Nitin Manmohan plans a sequel of Dus (2005) with director Samir Karnik.
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Fateh Singh (rumour)
Sanjay is said to act in Raj Kumar Santoshi's period film Fateh Singh - in a role originally meant for Sunny Deol. However, this is not confirmed yet.
After the Saamy remake, KS Ravikumar wants to work with Sanjay again. According to Sanjay, they are planning a Godfather project.
Kaante 2 (planned)
A Kaante sequel has been planned and considered in many different versions for years. But now Pritish Nandy obviously wants the project to go on floors; October 31, 2012 he wrote on Twitter, "After the sequel to Pyaar ke Side Effects, we go in for our next sequel Kaante II. (...) Will announce everything later. But yes, Sanjay will be there for sure. I did Kaante for him."
Kanchana Remake (rumour)
Sohail Khan is said to plan a Hindi remake of Lawrence Raghavendra's Tamil and Telugu film Kanchana with Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt. New rumours name Shahrukh Khan and Sanjay Dutt for the leads. Meanwhile, it's said that Sanjay wants to produce the remake together with the original makers and that he is to play the exorcist in this horror-comedy.
Kaun Banega Mukhyamantri (rumour)
Dasari Narayana Rao is reportedly planning a film based on politics and titled Kaun Banega Mukhyamantri and has signed Sanjay for the lead. Shooting is to take place in Delhi. However, the project is not confirmed yet.
In an interview (2/2012) Sanjay mentioned this Ahmed Khan film with a huge star cast (among others Nana Patekar) where he is to play a security officer/bodyguard.
Konkani Project (rumour)
Rahim Khan of Armah Entertainment Ltd plans a film about Mumbai's most wanted contract killer, Feroz Abudulla Sarguroh, alias Feroz Konkani. Sanjay is likely to be roped in to play the character inspired by super cop Rakesh Maria, who had arrested Konkani in 1996.
KRR Project (rumour)
K Raghavendra Rao is planning a Ramayana magnum opus with Hindi, Tamil and Telugu actors for which even Sanjay is in talks.
Main Bhi Bhai (rumour)
According to rumours, Sanjay and Emraan Hashmi are to do another film together (directed by Kunal Kohli) after Unglee.
Milan Luthria's Next (planned)
Allegedly Sanjay was offered the second lead in Milan Luthria's next with Saif Ali Khan, to go on floors in July 2013. But it's not confirmed yet whether Sanjay will be in the cast.
Munnabhai 3: Munnabhai Chale Delhi (planned)
In part 3 of the Munnabhai series, Munnabhai (Sanjay Dutt) and Circuit (Arshad Warsi) originally were supposed to go to the USA (Munnabhai Chale Amerika). A first trailer was already shot and screened at the release of Eklavya. After My Name Is Khan with a similar story, however, Rajkumar Hirani dropped this plan and re-worked the skript; now this Munnabhai movie will deal with the subject of blind faith. Raju Hirani: “The subject of religion has always fascinated me because, apart from moral values, there are rituals, superstitions and blind faith associated with it... I am not saying there is no God, there might be one great power but I will never find the answer to that. There are so many Gods in every religion, so whose God is the best? What are we fighting over? I truly feel that if there was no religion, we would not fight.” Alongside with Sanjay and Arshad, also Boman Irani is finalized for the cast.
Edit 2/2013: Meanwhile, obviously twin sequels are planned.
Edit 3/2013: After the title "Munnabhai Ki Aatma Katha" was considered, Part 3 is now to be titled Munnabhai Chale Delhi - and Shubhash Kapoor (Jolly LLB) will get the director's seat from Raju Hirani.
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Sanjay likes the unconventional cop Pritam Singh he played in Zila Ghaziabad. So now he plans a home production titled Pritam which is not to be a ZG sequel but to get an own plot. Vinay Sharma writes the script as he does for the actual ZG sequel planned by Vinod Bachchan.
Qurbani Remake (planned)
Feroz Khan couldn't carry out his plans to remake his blockbuster Qurbani before he passed away. Now his son Fardeen wants to produce it and to play his father's role. Sanjay is said to have chosen the role of the cop Amjad Khan had played in the original movie.
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Rajinikanth Project (planned)
Producer TP Aggarwal and director KS Ravikumar want to work with Sanjay again after Policegiri. Now they're planning a film with him and South Indian superstar Rajinikanth. The film is to be shot in Hindi and Telugu simultanously.
Satte Pe Satta Remake (planned)
In 2007, Raj Sippy planned a remake of the Amitabh Bachchan classic Satte Pe Satta with Sanjay in the lead but the project never went off. Now Shree Ashtavinayak and Sanjay Dutt Productions want to co-produce this remake, directed by Soham Shah and again Sanjay (who helped them getting the rights) is the man for the role of the eldest brother. For the female lead Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit were considered but in the end the role went to Karisma Kapoor. Even Prakash Raj is on board plus Ashish Chowdhry, Omi Vaidya and Pradhuman Singh. Satte Pe Satta was inspired by the Hollywood musical Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.
Edit: A TOI article (May 22, 2012) quotes Sanjay, "If you ask me, I would not remake a classic. There will always be comparisons, which are not good. Get original." So does that mean the SPS remake is shelved?
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Karan Malhotra will work again for producer Karan Johar; the hero in his rugged action film Shhuddhi will be Salman Khan. Rumours say that Sanjay Dutt is to play the antagonist.
The Immortals Of Meluha (rumour)
Allegedly Karan Johar/Dharma Productions asked Karan Malhotra for a movie version of Amish Tripathi's novel The Immortals Of Meluha; rumours say that Sanjay is to play the role of Shiva.
TP Aggarwal and Rahul Aggarwal, the makers of Policegiri, are planning another film with Sanjay.
Zila Ghaziabad Sequel (planned)
Vinod Bachchan plans a Zila Ghaziabad sequel. Vinay Sharma says not even 40 percent of his ZG script were shot. “My original script was far more comprehensive and powerful. Key scenes with Mr. Dutt were not shot. Many things went wrong.” Anand Kumar, however, denies working on ZG2.
More movie rumours which I consider not very believeable, and projects which probably are already stalled, please find here.
Sanjay Dutt Biopic
Rajkumar Hirani is working on a Sanjay Dutt biopic with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead.
Munna Bhai Sallu Bhai
Muazzam Beg wants to do a film about the real lives of Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan.
Munnabhai Comic Books
Munnabhai and Circuit are going to become heroes in a comic book series (even animation films are possible). They will be marketed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra Productions itself. Arshad Warsi is delighted by the idea: 'Wow! To actually feature in comic books, like Superman or Spiderman! Imagine what my son Zeke will have to tell his friends in school: 'My father the superhero!'"
Initially, Sanjay Gupta has commissioned a Sanjay Dutt biography in three parts, published by White Feather Films and written by journalist Nilesh Mishra. According to Gupta the first volume will be of Sanjay's rehabilitation from drugs. The second will delve into his marriage with Richa Sharma and her tragic death. The third volume will deal with his TADA court proceedings in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blast case and beyond.
After Sanjay Dutt's resignation from White Feather Films, however, he wants his biography to be produced by his own production house SDP (Sanjay Dutt Productions). And he wants to write it himself. It will be titled "The Roar of a Lion". Reportedly, Gregory Roberts, author of 'Shantaram' will assist Sanjay in penning it.