There found a friction between Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Kumar on the sets of Blue. And the reason for their friction is that Sanjay felt that Akshay was overshadowing him in the film. Blue is one of the high budget films of Bollywood. As 80% of the film completed, 100 crore are already spent on the film. Now the director of the film is trying to put together Sanjay and Akshay back and complete the remaining portion.
One source from the sets of the film revealed, “Initially, Sanjay and Akshay used to get along well. The animosity started when Sanjay felt that Akshay is trying to overshadow him in the film. Sanjay also felt that director Anthony D’souza is especially favoring Akshay after the successful run that he has been enjoying at the box-office in recent times. There were also reports that Sanjay is delaying the film and to make matters worse, Sanjay feels that it was Akshay who spread these rumors.”
There is also news that because of this Sanjay started reporting late on the sets, while other actors were waiting for him. Due to this a schedule of 80 days is stretched to 150 days.
“The entire unit including Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta were kept waiting every day on the sets while Sanjay Dutt reported late. As this is director Anthony’s first film, he has no say in front of a senior actor like Sanjay,” added the source.
But finally the director managed to put Akshay and Sanjay together and now they will shoot the remaining portions in February. But Sanjay’s business manager Dharam Oberoi has something different to say. He said, “Nothing like this happened. In fact, Sanju and Akshay are best friends. Only some patchwork needs to be completed, which we are planning to shoot starting February 20. Sanju has no problem working with Akshay in the film.”
He received much critical acclaim for his roles in Pinjar and My Brother Nikhil and today he has many projects in line for the coming year, but the actor feels he is underutilized in the industry.
Sanjay said, “After being in industry for almost a decade now, I still feel that I’m underutilized as an actor. I am happy with the way my career has shaped, but I am not satisfied. I want to do much more.”
Sanjay was a model before entering into acting. He started his acting career with Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi and later did films like Daman, Jhankaar Beats, Bas Ek Pal and Filhaal.
He primarily worked in ensemble cast and on that note he says, “It just happened that the kind of films offered to me were ensemble pieces with multi-dimensional stories”
“I feel the trend today is bent towards the saying ‘the more the merrier’. The ticket prices are so high that people want to see more and more.”
But the coming year, holds him many projects like Nandita Das’s directional venture Firaaq, Anjum Rizvi’s Flat, Sanjay Gupta’s Alibaug and Sudhir Mishra’s Sikandar.
Today he is busy promoting his second production venture Sorry Bhai after My Brother Nikhil and feels that production is a tough task, but it makes him feel empowered. “Producing a film definitely becomes a little difficult since it carries with it a sense of pressure, but it also makes you feel empowered. There is a feeling of ownership, which gives you a high. As an actor it is someone else’s responsibility, but when you become a producer the responsibility is on your shoulders,” said Sanjay.
When asked to him, if there have plans of direction in his mind, he replied, “It is a highly qualified job and I’m not ready for it yet. I love the craft and I love being a part of cinema. But right now my focus is acting and then production.”