After a gap of seven years, Dia Mirza is coming back to the big screen with her role in Sanju. She was a little taken aback when she was offered the role of Maanyata Dutt. Upon talking about this, she said “The kind of cinema that Rajkumar Hirani makes is so beautiful, so poignant, how can you ever say no to him? It has been a privilege. That said, I knew that Raju sir (filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani) and Abhijat (Abhijat Joshi, the scriptwriter) were working on a script based on Sanju’s sir’s life. I was intrigued to discover how the whole thing would turn out. And of course, I had hoped that I would have a part to play in the movie. Naturally, I got very excited when I actually got a call from Raju sir a year-and-a-half ago. I picked up the call and heard his voice saying, ‘Mirze, will you come to the office and hear the script?’ When I finally heard the script, I was stunned by how much I didn’t know (about Sanjay Dutt’s life).”
“It’s an amazing circle, from sharing screen space with Sanju sir to playing his wife in a film, it’s been surreal. And he has always been wonderful to me despite the obstacles that he was facing during those times; there was the court case and the impending jail sentence. But he never allowed any of that to come into his workspace. Some of the most special films of my life has been with Sanju sir, be it Lage Raho Munnabhai, Parineeta, or Shootout at Lokhandwala.” she added.