Sanju starrer Ranbir Kapoor feels actors should be real like Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt in real life as well. Both the actors have had quite controversial life apart from their successful Bollywood careers and how they came out of these legal issues by being themselves and real in front of their fans.
Salman and Sanjay have been best of friends since the very beginning of their career which is more than 25 years now.
On being asked what he has grasped from their lives as an actors and as a person, Ranbir said he learnt the ability to be real, come what may.
In a talk with PTI, he said "With Salman sir and Sanju sir, who are such loved superstars, it is very important to be who you are, irrespective of doing anything right or wrong. They are two actors who really are who they are. They probably made mistakes in their lives and probably paid a price for it.
"But you know who they are as people and I think that's what is important. You cannot manipulate an audience, you cannot live a PR filled life or try to be someone you're not, give impression to people 'Oh, I am so great'. You just have to be who you are’’, he added.
The "Jagga Jasoos" actor believes that in the end the audience wants to be entertained by movies and as an actor, all he wants is people to like him for his work, which is of utmost importance.
But being real in front of the audience for actors can be tricky and Kapoor feels it is "way more difficult to be emotionally naked than physically."
He said that his character in Sanju was such a part where he got so much opportunity as an actor that the only way he could react was ‘wow’.
He didn’t miss the chance to praise the director of the biopic and said ‘’It is hard, but sometimes you have a cushioned pillow in the form of a filmmaker, Rajkumar Hirani. You feel comforted, there is so much trust, you want to surrender and be honest to the moment completely’’.
When the script -- written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi -- came to him, every aspect of Dutt's life shocked him.
"The Sanjay Dutt you and I know is very different from what you will see in the film. Someone who is scared, made mistakes, who you'd probably think is immature, selfish. To understand him from this perspective was new, endearing and exciting.
"You may have your own opinion about him after you see the film, but it is an honest portrayal of a very troubled man who has made a lot of mistakes," Kapoor says.
"Sanju", which features actor Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt, is the story of the ups and downs in the life of the "Munnbhai" star and focuses on the relationship between him and his father.
For Kapoor, the father-son dynamic hit closer home.
"I really identified with that dynamic between Sanju sir and Sunil sir, because me and my father have a similar relationship. There is a lot of fear, distance, admiration, respect and love. We both are actors.
"The three backbones of 'Sanju' are the father-son dynamic, the friendship dynamic and a question mark," he says.
"Sanju" is slated to release on June 29.