Sanjay Dutt admits he’s disappointed with his first production, Rascals, which released last month and fared below expectations. “All of us put our hearts into it and David (director David Dhawan), in his own way, worked hard. The story was a little disjointed,” he admits, promising to get more involved with the script, music and every detail of his next production. “Everyone needs to work as a team without ego hassles. That’s how you can make great commercial cinema.”
He plans to produce two films a year now and is in talks with filmmaker Rohit Shetty to direct one for his banner. “He’s proved himself with both action and comedy, and Rohit and Ajay today are a viable pair,” Sanjay reasons, pointing out that the Singham director is currently busy with multiple films (Bol Bachchan with Devgn, Chennai Express with Shah Rukh Khan) and he wouldn’t like to use his influence to push him into doing another before he’s ready. “But I definitely want to compensate Ajay for letting him down with Rascals. If there’s a role for me in it, I’ll jump on board, but I don’t have to act in every film I produce. I don’t mind being just the producer.”
There’s been plenty of speculation that since they married, wife Manyata has a say in the films he signs. Sanjay denies that she’s ever been involved with his career: “She’s a
housewife who makes good food and takes care of our children (Shahraan and Iqra). But I’d like her to get involved with our company, handle the finances now. She’s studied business and is good with it while I don’t even know how much money there is in my account.”
Sanjay plans to flag off his Satte Pe Satta remake, directed by Soham Shah and starring Karisma Kapoor too, in February, and divide time between his film and Ajay Devgn’s home production, SOS—Son Of Sardar, till the end of the year. “The original was an iconic film and I’d like Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan), who played a double role in it, to introduce the characters in my film,” he says.
There’ve been rumours of him remaking his father Sunil Dutt’s films, including Padosan (1968). “That was the plan, three-four years ago,” nods Sanjay. “But then Govinda had second thoughts about playing Mehmood saab’s role, though he’d have made a perfect music director. I was to play Kishore Kumar’s part. I can’t remember who we had in mind for dad’s character, Abhishek (Bachchan) or Riteish (Deshmukh), but that’s history now.”