Director Rensil D'Silva says it was not easy to direct Sanjay Dutt for upcoming film Ungli at a time when the actor was getting ready to surrender and serve his remaining jail term in the 1993 bomb blasts case.
"It's never easy when someone is going to jail and you
have to direct him. There was a grim mood on the set. But
Sanju himself made things easy for all of us with his calm
demeanour and professionalism. If he had not been comfortable,
it would have been difficult for us direct him," he told PTI.
"I have known him for quite some time and I feel he
has gone through enough in his life and I wish he does not
have to undergo similar things. It is traumatic," he said.
The Supreme Court on March 21 upheld Dutt's conviction
in the case and sentenced him to five years in prison. The 54-
year-old actor is currently in Pune's Yerwada jail to serve
the pending three-and-half years term.
After Rensil's directorial debut Kurbaan, Dutt
expressed his desire to work with him.
"We felt a bit awkward... bad to go at his place or
talk to him every day (after the conviction) and ask him to
come for shoot when he was going through so much in his
personal life. But I had to do it. We are lucky to have
finished our work with him. There were 2-3 scenes to be shot
for which I had waited for one-and-a-half month," he said.
Produced by Karan Johar, Ungli, starring Emraan
Hashmi, Kangna Ranaut and Randeep Hooda besides Dutt, has had
its own share of roadblocks.
Karan postponed Ungli's release from September 20 to
a later date to avoid clash with Shahid Kapoor's Phata Poster
Nikla Hero. Reports also surfaced about creative differences
between Karan and Shirish Kunder, who was editing the film.
"There had been delay in the release and one of the
reasons was the Sanju factor. We had a delay in music
department and then Shirish Kunder had to go as he had his own
film to edit. Karan Johar gave away the release date to Shahid
Kapoor for Phata Poster Nikla Hero. So one thing after
another held up the release of Ungli," Rensil said.
Rensil hopes to finish the project by Christmas and
release the film early next year.
"We are looking to release the film in January or
February. The film is about friendship and it doesn't have too
many songs. There is one promotional song and we are working
on it," he added.