The first look of director Apoorva Lakhia’s new flick, Zanjeer, has been launched and the director says he is missing jailed actor Sanjay Dutt, who is essaying the role that was played by veteran actor Pran in the original 1973 film. Sanjay is currently serving his three-and-a-half-year jail term in the 1993 Mumbai blast case. “We are missing him a lot. Zanjeer promotions have also started. I am heartbroken that Sanju sir is not here. Policegiri is also a very big film for him and we are missing him a lot,” Lakhia said recently.
He added, “Everybody is writing letters to him... what else can we do?” Lakhia admits that Sanjay’s absence during promotional activities is seen as a loss. “Sanju sir is a very big star. He is liked and respected by the people a lot. There is a loss when he is not there for promotions, but we can’t help it. We have to do the best with what we have,” said the director, who is also a close friend of the 53-year-old.
Zanjeer is scheduled to release on September 6, and features southern star Ramcharan Teja in the role that verteran actor Amitabh Bachchan played in the original, while Priyanka Chopra has stepped into the shoes of actor Jaya Bachchan.