Sanjay Dutt’s friends speak out against his manager
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 24, 2012)
The ongoing slugfest between director Ram Gopal Varma on the one hand and Sanjay Dutt and Dharam Uberoi on the other doesn’t show any signs of abating. However, while Ramu is sparing no opportunity to publicly slam the duo for the mess he finds himself in, Dutt’s friends and well wishers have come out strongly in support of the actor, heaping blame on his manager Oberoi instead.
A close friend of Dutt spoke to Mirror at length: “Everyone knows Dutt has no intention of becoming a director. It is all because of his manager and co-producer of Department Dharam Uberoi that the entire fiasco has happened. Dharam had already committed to Viacom to make the film within a certain budget, which is why he kept interfering in every aspect. Sanju never had any issues with camera angles or anything else that Ramu was doing. It was always conveyed to Ramu by Oberoi that Dutt had a problem but that was never the case. Sanju is being made a scapegoat in this entire issue and Dharam Oberoi is responsible for it.”
Refuting charges of unprofessionalism on Dutt’s part, the actor’s friend said he is a thorough professional and has never had problems with anyone. In fact, he is working with Kangna Ranaut in Rensil D’Souza’s next. The friend said that it was never Sanju’s decision to boot out Kangana. Similarly, the girl who did an item number for free in the film was brought on board by Dharam with the promise the song would be promoted big time. Even the song Thodi si jo pee li hai was choreographed for close to peanuts by Ganesh Acharya, who otherwise charges Rs 5 lakh. Dharam would talk on behalf of Sanju when he wasn’t even aware of it.
“The final fight at Film City between Ramu and Oberoi also happened between Dharam and Ramu, and Dutt was a mere spectator,” said the friend, adding, “Sanju is very fond of Dharam but is extremely upset over the entire Department fiasco. He is still shocked over what Ramu said and is too disturbed to say anything at the moment.”
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