Questions on the topic made it to the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne where Rajkumar was one of the chief guests.
"So where in this universe has this thing come up that he kept this thing". He responded to it saying about how this biopic is not a money making devise and that he would rather have taken the Munnabhai franchise and 3 Idiots films ahead if money was the sole motive. "But now when we are told that the whole film is about media bashing, it's again picking up a headline", Hirani said.
In November 2006, Dutt, 59, was acquitted under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) but convicted under Arms Act for illegal possession of weapons. On his part, Joshi said that the film had not indulged in any media bashing.
"There are always two reactions. No one has even said that it happens".
The 55-year-old filmmaker also said despite the negative reception from the industry people, the film has been appreciated by the viewers. "I want to understand that", Hirani added.
"Whitewashing as a word is being thrown open". I was very surprised with the reaction I have received. At a recent event, both Hirani and the film's writer, Abhijat Joshi, was asked about the same by a news agency.
"I am not defending Sanju". If you've watched the film, what was Sanju's crime", he asked."Yes, he kept the gun, and we have shown that. He is destroying the gun, we have shown that, the bullets are thrown away, we are showing that. We have shown that he was given five years for the jail and we have shown that he realises it was a mistake that he made. We have shown all this. Is this whitewashing? If we had to whitewash anyone, we would have made him Mahatma Gandhi. So what have I whitewashed?
Joshi supported Hirani and said he was humbled by the "intelligence of the audiences".
"There is another kind of whitewash going which nobody is talking about and which is that question mark journalism", Joshi said.