Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Dia Mirza, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala, Sonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Duration: 162 minutes
Ratings: 3.5/5 *
The latest from director Rajkumar Hirani (Munnabhai MBBS, 3idiots, PK fame) ‘Sanju’ begins with a disclaimer that it’s not an image cleaning exercise for Sanjay Dutt. But through the narrative of the biopic, a star son, a drug addict, and TADA convict, Sanjay Dutt, wishes to show that he is Sanjay Dutt, and not a terrorist. The movie is based on one man, many lives theory.
But for those of us who have followed Sanjay Dutt for the past four decades know very well that this attempt to account the life of the actor will not be able to capture the innumerable twists and turns of his life in just 162 minutes.
However, the narrative has various shades of grey, basically it was a dark subject, only for this reason Hirani created a plot from the point of view of a biographer, played initially by Piyush Mishra and then taken up by another unbiased writer Vinnie Roy, played by Anushka Sharma.
But, if it is a biopic of Sanjay Dutt, audiences asked, then why Tina Munim’s character has been disguised as Ruby portrayed by Sonam Kapoor, in the film. Tinsel town knows that Rocky co-star (read Tina Munim Ambani) was Dutt’s first girlfriend. In this movie Ruby has been portrayed as his girlfriend, but she is not from cinematic background.
The journey of the film takes us to Sanjay Dutt reaching dizzying heights of success, but also battles numerous addictions and other personal demons. Mainly Sanjay Dutt’s life, embattled with controversies regarding Bombay serial blast, illegal possession of AK-56 rifle, and drug addiction, which was never seen in a Rajkumar Hirani film before.
The narrative of the film also showed the bonding between mother and her son, a father’s contribution towards family, and return of Sanjay Dutt as Munnabhai, all these have been aptly reflected in ‘Sanju’.
In the movie the first thing you notice about Ranbir Kapoor as Sanju is his uncanny similarity to Sanjay Dutt, his fantastic ability to morph into his subject like a chameleon.
Apart from the mind blowing performance of Ranbir Kapoor, the supporting actors including Dia Mirza as Manyata Dutt, Manisha Koirala as Nargis Dutt and Vicky Kaushal as Kamlesh were fabulous.
According to reports the movie has been released today worldwide in over 4000 screens, being the second biggest film to release after Salman Khan’s Race 3. The distributors are expecting a return of around Rs 30 crore on the opening day, which will break the record of Baaghi 2, Padmavat, Race-3 and Raid. If the movie can garner the expected returns then this week end will be much a great one for Team Sanju.
Taran Adarsh one of the most renowned film critic said after reviewing Sanju that it was a masterpiece and rated the film 4.5 out of 5.