Sanjay Dutt’s imprisonment : Huge money at stake

While it is old news that Sanjay Dutt has been sentenced to five years jail imprisonment, the latest emerging is the concern of producers. Sanjay Dutt has been a bankable actor and looking at the various films he has signed, nearly ₹130 – 150 crore are now at stake! The Supreme Court’s judgement has come as a big blow to several of his films.

Dutt’s list of upcoming films include Dharma Productions’ Ungli, Ashta­vinayak’s Sher, Reliance Entertainment’s Zanjeer, Aamir Khan Productions’ P.K. and Policegiri. Even Vinod Chopra Films recently announced the third installment of the Munnabhai series. Also, a cameo in Ghanchakkar has been announced. Speaking of the affect this verdict is going to have on his films, trade analyst Taran Adarsh said,” “The films he is working on will be affected but then you also need to consider that he is not playing the lead roles in all of them. Like even in Zanjeer, it is only the supporting roles. We’ll have to find out the amount of work that he has completed in these films and then calculate the losses. I think Policegiri will be affected the most as he plays the lead in it.”

While Sher, Ungli and the cameo in Ghanchakkar have finished their schedule with Sanjay Dutt, the upcoming film of the Munnabhai series will be not be affected much considering the fact that it has just been announced.

Policegiri will be the most adversely affected since the actor is playing the lead role. The film is a remake of Tamil film Saamy and will star Prachi Desai opposite Sanjay Dutt. The film’s producer Rahul Aggarwal says, “Sanjay was nearing the end of his shoot for the film. The entire team is shocked and shattered. We are hoping for a change in the sentence as there is still a chance to file a review petition against the verdict.” The film’s schedule was about 20 days, of which Sanjay has completed four days of shooting. ₹35-40 crore is now at stake!

According to a close friend of the actor, “He will complete the films if the police allow him to. Even his passport and driving licence have already been confiscated. Whether or not he’ll complete the films is something that only time can tell.” Sanjay Dutt has been given a period of four weeks to surrender. However, his team is reportedly looking for ways to complete the shoot and they are leaving no stone unturned.

Another film that is one of the most-awaited is Zanjeer, where Dutt will be seen reprising the role of Pran. ₹60 crore are at stake for this film which stars actor Ram Charan Teja in Amitabh Bachchan’s role. Sanjay Dutt’s look in the film has been carefully guarded and was expected to be revealed later. Aamir Khan’s much-hyped P.K., that has ₹60 crore at stake, also stars Dutt in a supporting role.

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