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Biopics: Not a cakewalk!

Rajkumar Hirani


Mumbai, Jan. 25 -- Making a biopic is not easy. A lot of research goes into making a film that encapsulates the life of a person in three hours or so. And casting right is a must too.

About signing Ranbir Kapoor to play Sanjay Dutt on the big screen, film-maker Rajkumar Hirani says, "We needed a good actor and Ranbir looks like a star, just like Sanju (Dutt) looked when he entered the industry in the '80s with Rocky (1981). And Ranbir is a great actor."

A biopic is not necessarily an encapsulation of a person's entire life; it can also focus on a particular time frame. For instance, Dutt's biopic captures just certain years of his life, much like Randeep Hooda's next on Charles Sobhraj.

Randeep says that since the film isn't based on Charles' entire life, but on a particular incident, one can't term it a biopic. "It's based on the 1986 incident of a man, who eloped from the Tihar Jail with some of his inmates. The film will focus on how and why he did it, the way he got caught, and what Charles Sobhraj was like. We're talking about Charles in that particular situation and what conspired then," says Randeep.