Sanjay Dutt – Ram Gopal Varma: Before and After Department

It’s interesting how relationships in Bollywood change every Friday. Last week’s release Department, was panned by the critics and failed miserably at the box-office too. But the failure of the film has resulted in a public spat between Sanjay Dutt and Ram Gopal Varma. While the former has publicly said that he wouldn’t want to work with Varma again, RGV tweeted that he wouldn’t want to see Sanjay Dutt’s face for the rest of his life!

That wasn’t the case a couple of weeks before the films release though. Here’s what Sanjay Dutt had to say during the pre-release interview for Department.

  • On working with Ram Gopal Varma: He has grown tremendously as a filmmaker. When we were shooting for Department, he shot some sequences on Canon 5D which was interesting but at the same time it was difficult for me as I am not used to it. In a way it is good since he has kept pace with time and technology. He is a fantastic technician and a great filmmaker.
  • On why he didn’t work with RGV after Daud: He did not offer me anything. We went our own ways. He started making films with other people and I started working with other directors. All of a sudden I got a call from him and he told me – lets do a film together. I felt really happy because I had a good experience working with him in Daud and I was looking to work with him again. We had a lot of fun making Department.

Talking to Mumbai Mirror, 5 days after the release of Department, the two have vowed to never work with each other again.

  • Sanjay Dutt: I have been in the industry for 32 years and I know which cameras are suitable and which are not. But ab kya karen? Jo ho gaya so ho gaya. But yes, I really don’t know at this point of time if I want to work with Ramu again.
  • Ram Gopal Varma: Whatever else happening to Department, I am supremely happy that I don’t want to see the faces of Sanjay Dutt and Dharam Oberoi for rest of my life. From forcing me to take Kangana out of the film to constantly cornering me to change screenplay, I had the most horrible time working with Dutt. If Dutt and Oberoi think I am the bad in Department, let’s wait for Zilla Ghaziabad and Soham’s film where I am not there to spoil their creative inputs.

Something similar happened after the release of Rascals too, as Dutt blamed David Dhawan for the failure of the film and decided not to work with him again.

What do you think of the entire RGV – Dutt blame game? Do share your thoughts in the comments section below.



  • I seriously wonder what Sanjay Dutt thinks of himself? Is he some superstar? Doesn’t he feel ashamed to romance 20 year old girls on screen? What does he want to be, at an age where he should be playing father to Ranbir Kapoor?

    Give me a break. Was he mentally unstable before signing the film? Didn’t he know RGV is going to use those cameras? Hasn’t he seen some of his films before to know about the camera angles?

    I am not defending RGV here. He’s lost it as a filmmaker. But Sanjay Dutt needs to be gracious in defeat. Have you seen Amitabh Bachchan utter a single word?

    If you can’t take failure, quit the industry.

  • Strong words but I totally agree with the above comment. Sanjay Dutt thinks of himself as something big. But he simply isnt even in the Top 15 actors. Not bankable at the boxoffice and can only do ‘bhai’ roles.

    He should stick to Munnabhai films.

  • Guyz…. whether sanjay dutt is a superstar o not, but he is a talented actor…. where were u all wen he took agneepath to a different stage… if u commenting about cameras, read each n every review, this is the first time RGV has used such cameras n its the worst amongst all his films…. May be dutt bein a lil rude but i just dont understand, if salman would have done so, all d morons would have liked it n would have complimented it :P :D STRANGE BUT TRUE

  • @ Swathi: i dont feel that RGV has lost it as a film Maker, on the other side i feel he has grown at a much faster speed than his counter part.

    Which ever greatest english movies we appreciate today were made 3 decades back …. and at that time they were panned by critics as they didnt realize it.

    The change that came from the transition of 35 mm to 70 mm was almost similar to what RGV got through this.

    To Me indincine its a path breaking movie and soon will write my review for the same.

    Now as far as Dutt is concern, i feel he and Rana were not the ideal choice for this role. Sanju is no more Raghu Bhai …. he needs to understand what kind of role are going to suit him.

    As a Cop He did a fantastic job in Shootout at Lokhandwala but he was bad bad and terribly bad and looked as a perfect misfit in Blue, Rascal, Department, Kidnap etc etc….

  • all u r gone mad
    har baat k bich main salman khan ko le ate h
    its really cupid things to do
    bat sanjay dutt ki ho ri h n u all just pising on salman thats disgusting if u cnt see salman sucess which is true
    than plz dnt write such ugly jeolous post

  • Salman Khan is the worst actor in bollywood. He cant act properly. He just knows how to showcase his body and muscles.

  • lets not talk anything abt RGV ..der is no one in bollywud who cud make a cult movie like .. ” KAUN ” he made a movie just wid 3 actors & shot only in one bungalow.. RGV is genius.. he is far better thn Kjo & yahraj stupid movies ..atleast he always try to xprmnt new things …by not showing some fantasy wolrd of YAsh raj , Kjo movies for whcih critics always give 5 stars eve if movie flops @ box office, SRK, KJO, Yashrak ke kutthey hai saaley sab critics, Ra one, Kurbaan,Rab ne bana di jodi ( wife dsnt identify husbnds in moustaches)….all movies got 5 stars….

  • I think Rakhi Sawant is to blame. If she hadnt wasted her time in Comedy circus, Department would have been a hit.

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