Biopics over fiction

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Mar 2018 10:40:40


 

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who is busy with the post-production process of his upcoming biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, says biopics are more interesting when presented in a fictional format.

While Hirani is making a film on Sanjay’s life now, the BBC had made a documentary on the controversial actor’s life back in 1996. It was titled To Hell and Back.


Asked whether he ever thought of making a documentary on Sanjay’s life instead of doing it in a fictionalised format, Hirani said, “Certain subjects will be more engaging if they are done in a fiction format and certain subjects would probably be more interesting in a documentary format.


“PK was the only film which I started with reverse where I wanted to talk about God and religion, but in the journey of making that film, I realised that I am ending up talking very little about it. There is so much to talk about God and religion that you cannot actually say enough in a fictional format.
“In a fictional format, it is expected that you have to sugarcoat your story, entertain the audience and still manage to say what you want to say. So, at some stage, I do want to make a documentary.”


“There are still unsaid or undiscussed issues that I haven’t been able to show in ‘PK’, so I want to do a documentary where you can say what you want to say. But in a film like Sanju, I think it’s more engaging as a fictional film where you see another actor doing it,” added the maverick director.