Meet Sanjay Dutt’s best friend Paresh Ghelani, played by Vicky Kaushal in Sanju


hile Ranbir Kapoor stole the show with his Sanjay Dutt act in Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju, Vicky Kaushal as the best friend, Kamlesh Kanhaiyalal Kapasi aka ‘Kamli’ was equally impressive.

In an interview with a leading daily, Vicky revealed that Kamlesh was “an amalgamation of three or four of Sanjay Dutt’s closest friends in real life but primarily the character is based on Paresh Ghelani who is based in the US”.

Who is Paresh Ghelani?

Lovingly called “Parya” by Sanjay, Paresh has been the actor’s friend since even before his debut film, Rocky, released. Currently based in Los Angeles, Paresh has stood by Sanjay like a rock through all his ups and downs.

The website of the XPRIZE Foundation, a non-profit organisation which designs and manages public competitions that encourage developing breakthrough technologies that could benefit humanity, says “Paresh Ghelani is an avid entrepreneur and philanthropist who focuses on solving problems through innovation and entrepreneurship”.

Paresh, who was one of the people responsible in bringing XPRIZE to India, has built and invested in Moon Express, Viome Inc, DTV Motor Corporation, Ferrate Treatment Technologies, Casepoint, Radimmune Therapeutics.

He founded and built the 2020 Company LLC from nothing, brick by brick, to a successful business with over 1000 employees. They provided the US government advanced technology in the education, defense, and healthcare space. Before that, he had built two other companies in the technology field from scratch.

Reports suggest that he prefers to avoid the limelight. However, he accompanied Sanjay to a special screening of Sanju.