RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya has questioned why Hindi cinema is fascinated by stories on “tainted characters”, slamming the Sanjay Dutt biopic Sanju for whitewashing the actor’s life.

Panchajanya has minced no words as it delved on the dark phases in the life of Sanjay, who spent a jail term for possession of arms in connection with the 1993 serial blasts, was a drug addict and had multiple relationships in its cover story titled Kirdaar, daaghdaar.

The magazine article, which calls Dutt a ‘criminal’ raises three questions about director Rajkumar Hirani’s film, starring Ranbir Kapoor, which has earned close to Rs 300 crore in two weeks of release.

It questions whether Sanjay, son of late actors Sunil and Nargis Dutt, had the qualities of a role model. And if the makers are boasting about the money that the film is minting, it proves that Indian cinema’s “high moral ground seems to be licking dust”.

Secondly, it questions if the movie is a PR exercise to whitewash a stained character. Panchajanya has also hit out at the film’s director Hirani, pointing out how through his last movie PK he had made a sly remark on the Hindu religion. “Now with ‘Sanju’, what are the ideals that Hirani wants to present to the youth of India?”

It also questions if Sanjay has done any extraordinary work which is worthy of praise or has he abstained from drugs completely and become an ideal husband and actor.

The larger question, however, according to the article, remains why the Mumbai film industry brings the mafia and underworld into spotlight by making films on India’s most wanted criminals who have a connection with the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts — sometimes on Dawood Ibrahim or his sister Haseena Parkar or Chhota Rajan or Arun Gawli.

“There’s talk on social media, questioning if this is being orchestrated by someone. Who is funding these projects?” the article asks, in reference to films like Raees, Haseena Parkar, D-Day, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara.

It points out that while the international film world is making a movie like The Man Who Knew Infinity, based on mathematician S. Ramanujan — an Indian who made the country proud, Bollywood is making cinema on the underworld and mafia dons.

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