Sanjay Dutt: I love my daughter Trishala immensely
Everyone knows how close Sanjay Dutt is to his daughter Trishala who is based out of the US. No surprise then that he found his role of a father in Kidnap very close to his heart as he identified with his character of Vikrant Raina. In Kidnap, Sanjay Dutt's character is kept away from his daughter (played by Minissha Lamba) first by his wife (played by Vidya Malavade) and then by a kidnapper (played by Imran Khan).
When contacted, director Sanjay Gadhvi said, "I think it was in 2002 or 2003 when Adi (Aditya Chopra) and my writer Shibani (Bathija) saw an episode of Farooque Sheikh's Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai on television. Sanju baba was the guest on that show. Shibani was completely bowled over by baba's love for his daughter Trishala and could see the pain and angst in his eyes. She called me immediately to say that we had found our Vikrant Raina. I caught the episode later and couldn't agree more! Vikrant Raina was written for Sanjay Dutt!"
Gadhvi adds, "During the shooting of Kidnap, Sanjay was remined of his own daughter everytime he'd look at Minissha. He'd keep asking me what he would do if his daughter ever got kidnapped in real life. In fact, the scene in Kidnap where he is separated from his daughter is one of his favourites and the closest to him. It was so real-life for him that he actually broke down. His ties with Trishala have grown stronger over the years."
Sanju had such a great time shooting for Kidnap that he wants to play a father once again. He is keen to do a Hindi version of Steve Martin's comedy, Father of the Bride.
Here is an interview with Sanjay Dutt.
What attracted you to 'Kidnap'?
The moment Sanjay (Gadhvi) narrated the first line of the film, I knew I had to do it. It's something I haven't done in all these years. There was a sense of identification with the character - a father who deeply and immensely cares for his daughter and will go to any extent for her safety and happiness.
What was Sanjay Gadhvi like as a director?
He's tremendous. Sanjay (Gadhvi) is very focused and he knows what he wants. He is very clear in his vision and has the knack of getting the best out his actors.
Did it help that he was the maker of the 'Dhoom' series?
To be honest I had not seen 'Dhoom 1' or 'Dhoom 2', except their promos when he approached me. I believed in the subject and in him and decided to do it.
Tell us more about 'Kidnap'?
My producers, director and co-actors went through a lot of anxiety during the shoot of 'Kidnap' because of my trial. But all's well that ends well. I am happy the film is complete, ready and looking good. It is my first release in 2008. I play a father to Sonia (Minissha Lamba) who is kidnapped by Kabir (Imran Khan). It's an edge-of-the-seat thriller, which everyone is bound to enjoy. It has some great action and emotion and has been well written and directed. I hope my audience goes out and watches it.
Was it difficult playing a father?
No, why should it be? I have played father to Hrithik Roshan earlier.
You mentioned at the press conference that 'Kidnap' is very close to you, as you identify very closely with the character of Vikrant Raina!
I could relate to the father in the film. I love my daughter Trishala immensely and during the making of this film I kept thinking about what I would do or how I would react if Trishala ever got kidnapped. There was a lot of real-life emotion that came into my character in the film.
Who will 'Kidnap' appeal to?
I think the beauty of 'Kidnap' lies in the fact that besides being an engaging thriller cum drama it concurrently captures the softer emotions and relationships - father-daughter, husband-wife, girl-boy. It's a thriller with a heart, and on the whole, an entertaining commercial product, which will appeal to everyone. Also, it has Imran Khan who has become very popular after 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na'.
How was it to work with the industry's hottest youngster, Imran Khan?
We got along well. He's a humble, conscientious and hardworking boy. He's into his craft. He'll go a long way and I hope and pray that success doesn't change him.
Anything else you can recount during the shoot of 'Kidnap'?
I enjoyed the action. It had my adrenaline rushing. I felt a teenager again! (Smiles)
Which are your forthcoming films?
'EMI', 'Aladdin', 'Blue' and 'Munnabhai 3'. I am starting my own production house next year and hope to make good films.
What do you cherish the most in life?
The fact that I was born to great parents and have a great set of fans, friends and well-wishers.
What do you regret the most?
The days when I was into drugs and my time in jail. But that was destiny.....