The makers of Sanjay Dutt biopic on Friday finalised the release date for the yet-to-be-titled film as March 30, 2018. A press statement also announced that Fox Studios signed a three-film deals with director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, starting with the biopic.
According to a trade source, Fox Star India has come aboard as the studio for Rajkumar Hirani’s Dutt biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor at a price of a whopping Rs 180 cores. This has shocked the entire business because it is a unheard of price. Film studios in India have been facing rough times and this has stunned the industry into silence.
However, media reports now claim that Fox has paid Rs 180 crore for the biopic alone! The satellite rights of the movie are yet to be sold. A DNA report quoted a source as saying, “The film’s profits will be shared 85-15. While Hirani will keep 85 per cent of the profits, the studio will get a mere 15 per cent.”
The shooting of the film began in January. As part of his preparation for the role, Ranbir has gained more than 13kg to tone up his muscle to match the muscular physique of Sanjay Dutt.
A producer on the condition of anonymity says, “What worries me is not the price, but the subject. A commercial film can recover the cost. Sanjay Dutt’s llfe story is known. It has been covered and read by magazines and newspapers for decades. No doubt it is an interesting story, but there is nothing new to it. Sports biopics make sense because their lives are not an open book. Which is not the case with actors. So, you have to think if people will come to the theaters to see the film. The only novelty is Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt.”
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