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Can't imagine Munnabhai without Sanjay Dutt: Subhash Kapoor

IANS  Shimla, May 14, 2013
First Published: 12:36 IST(14/5/2013) | Last Updated: 17:27 IST(14/5/2013)

Sanjay Dutt will be seen in the upcoming Munnabhai sequel  It seems Sanjay Dutt's jail yatra has come in the way of his 'journey' to Delhi. Director Subhash Kapoor says the third instalment of the Munnabhai movie will start only when the actor finishes his jail stint.

"We can't imagine Munnabhai's next part minus Sanjay Dutt," said Subhash Kapoor, who was set to wield the megaphone for Munnabhai Chale Dilli. The Supreme Court Friday dismissed Sanjay's plea seeking review of its March 21 judgment upholding his conviction under the Arms Act and sentencing him to five years in jail in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

Sanjay Dutt, 53, was sentenced to five years in jail by the apex court March 21 for illegal possession of arms during the 1993 Mumbai blasts. The actor has already undergone one-and-half years of imprisonment and, according to the apex court order, he has to complete the remaining three-and half years of the sentence.

"We will wait for our lead actor to complete his jail term," Subhash Kapoor, who was here on a personal visit, told.

"He (Sanjay) and Circuit (Arshad Varsi) are the true spirit of Munnabhai series," said Subhash Kapoor.

The first two films - Munnabhai M.B.B.S and Lage Raho Munna Bhai - were directed by Rajkumar Hirani, but for the third instalment Subhash Kapoor has been roped in.

The director is nevertheless hopeful of Sanjay Dutt's early release.

"We are hopeful that Sanjay will be freed early (on humanitarian grounds)," he added.

Forty-one-year-old Subhash Kapoor has his roots in the hill state. His family belongs to Sujanpur Tihra in Hamirpur district. But he was brought up in Delhi.

Journalist-turned-producer and director, Subhash Kapoor made his debut with Say Salaam India, which failed at the box office.

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"Bollywood recognises talent, but for this you need an opportunity. For the new entrants getting an opportunity depends all upon break," Subhash Kapoor said.

"My struggle in Bollywood, in fact, started after my first movie flopped," he said.

For him, the picturesque hill stations of Himachal Pradesh always attract him. "I am working on a script which will mainly portrays 'virgin' destinations of Himachal," he said.

From Shimla, Subhash Kapoor is heading to the picturesque tourist resort Kalpa in Kinnaur district, some 250 km from here.

"I love long drives. I have come here driving all the way from Delhi. Now I am driving to Kalpa," said Subhash Kapoor, who lost his left arm in an accident when he was five years old.

On censorship, Subhash Kapoor said he's against it. "I personally believe in self-censorship. Eighty percent of the filmmakers believe in self-censorship. Sometimes some abuses in movies (as in Gang of Wasseypur or Omkara) are a demand of the script and they cannot be censored," he said.

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