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EXCLUSIVE: Sunil Dutt wrote a letter to Paresh Rawal just hours before his death

by Vibhuti Gupta, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju took everyone by surprise and has become one of the biggest hits of this year. While the movie takes us through the struggles of actor Sanjay Dutt's life, it wouldn't be wrong to say that the movie had some blessing of late actor Sunil Dutt. How can we be so sure? Read till the end.

Sanju is inching towards Rs. 300 crore club!

In an exclusive interview, on-screen Sunil Dutt veteran actor Paresh Rawal revealed his journey on coming onboard with the whole project. To begin with, you will be keen to know that Paresh Rawal received Sunil Dutt’s birthday blessing on the day he passed away. Surprisingly, Paresh Rawal’s birthday was not until five more days.

In the typed letter, Sunil Dutt wrote, “Dear Paresh Ji! As your birthday falls on 30th May, let me wish you all the happiness, prosperity and good luck in life, May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family.”

Talking about his side of the story, Paresh revelled, “On May 25, 2005, I was shooting for a movie and I called up home to say that I will be late today. And during the shooting, we got to know that Dutt Sahab (Sunil Dutt) has passed away, so I called up my wife and said I will come a bit late because Dutt Sahab has passed away and I am going to his house. She then told me that there is a letter for you from him (Sunil Dutt). I asked her what the letter was and she said it is for wishing you a happy birthday. I told her that my birthday is on May 30, which is five days away but she said the letter is for you and she even read it to me. I was so surprised. Why would Dutt Sahab send me a birthday letter five days before my birthday? And we have never exchanged any holiday greetings in the past – be it Diwali or Christmas – so why would he write to me?

"On January 3, 2017, I asked my wife to take out a couple of my documents as I was going to meet Rajkumar Hirani. I told her I will pick up those documents when I come back. When I was sitting with Rajkumar Hirani, my wife called me and said that along with the documents, that letter from Sunil Dutt Sahab was also there. She asked me what I wanted to do about it? And I was stunned as I was narrated the part of Sunil Dutt for the movie. See, usually you don’t keep birthday cards for 12 years, you discard them. You forget about them, but that letter was there with all my important documents and it was again found on the same day Rajkumar Hirani narrated the Sanju role to me. It is like a divine intervention. I showed that letter to Rajkumar Hirani later," he added.

Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Sanju also features Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Dia Mirza, Anushka Sharma Kohli and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja.

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