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When Rishi Kapoor got emotional about Ranbir Kapoor…

Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju is on his way to create history at the box-office, Sanju is going to become something of a milestone in Ranbir Kapoor’s career. The Rajkumar Hirani film is going strong at the box office a week after release and is expected to enter record books. The Sanju box office collection stands ar Rs 186.41 crore till Wednesday and it is expected to enrer Rs 200-crore club with its Thursday earnings. It is a record for Ranbir who is yet to score the double century despite an illustrious filmography. Even director Rajkumar Hirani, who has delivered hits such as PK and 3 Idiots, is on his way to acquire some new BO records.

Sanju is based on the life of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the box office figures for Wednesday: “#Sanju is UNSTOPPABLE… Expected to cross ₹ 200 cr today [Thu]… Will be Ranbir’s first film in ₹ 200 cr Club… Fri 34.75 cr, Sat 38.60 cr, Sun 46.71 cr, Mon 25.35 cr, Tue 22.10 cr, Wed 18.90 cr. Total: ₹ 186.41 cr. India biz.”

The veteran has been receiving various congratulatory messages on Ranbir’s outstanding performance in the film. It’s not everyday that we hear senior Kapoor going all out praising his son and the same has now happened for Sanju. In his recent conversation with a daily, Rishi Kapoor spoke about how he feels that film’s director Rajkumar Hirani is a total genius. He also admitted that at one point in time, he thought that Ranbir had got it all wrong. As Sanju continues with its momentum of performing extraordinarily well at the box-office, Rishi Kapoor opens up about the film.

He said, “Compliments have been pouring in for Ranbir from varied quarters. I was at the lounge at Dubai airport en route to Mumbai from Mauritius when a bunch of passengers, who had caught the film overseas, walked up to me and showered praises on my son. I got to see the movie only four days after the release because I was away. And, I must say that despite everything I had heard, I was pleasantly surprised by Ranbir’s performance as Sanjay Dutt. It was subtle, sincere and so accurate. I salute Rajkumar Hirani, who is one of my favourite filmmakers. When Munnabhai MBBS released, I was one of the first to go to his home in Bandra East to compliment him. From that time on, I’ve always been a huge fan of the man. Besides Ranbir, I was impressed with Paresh Rawal and Vicky Kaushal. I was actually looking to speak to Vicky, but I am told he is in Serbia.”

He further added, “In the past, I have heard many people berate Ranbir for his unusual choice of films. From the time he did Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009) till Barfi (2012), he’s had his share of detractors, who have been unkind to some of the movies that he did. Let me be honest, on a few occasions, even I used to think that perhaps my son had got it all wrong. But I have never voiced my views because Ranbir and I have a pact. I have never interfered in his career, I never will. Even 20 days before Sanju released, there were a few naysayers who did raise doubts on whether it would work and if Ranbir would be able to pull off his act as Sanjay, who is a larger-than-life-superstar. However, now that the film is here and things have worked out, I’m happy. The box office is the ultimate validation. Ranbir has made Neetu and me proud. His decision to swim against the tide and still hold his own is something I appreciate. I salute his brave choices. I also thank people from across the globe who have showered their love and praise on him.”