The long-awaited Sanjay Dutt biopic Sanju hit the theaters on Friday, 29th June, 2018. A Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films production, presented by Fox Star Studios, the movie stars Ranbir Kapoor in the lead. Sanju had a weekend collection of a whopping 120.06 crores, surpassing the epic movie Baahubali 2 and Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai, which has raged a war between Ranbir fans and Bhai-fans!
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The film is an endeavour to show the emotional story from Sanjay Dutt’s point of view. Dutt’ s personal life has been as controversial as his professional life. The story seems to be that of almost every spoiled brat, a substance abuser who also had direct connections in underworld. Struggling with dad’s stardom, mom’s cancer and a breakup with his first love, Dutt falls prey to drugs and makes possibly every single wrong decision he could ever make!
While Ranbir has received widespread acclamation for his versatility, other actors in the movie also did a great job and brought the characters to life. Sunil Dutt, played by Paresh Rawal and Nargis Dutt, played by Manisha Koirala are perfect portrayals of how a child is the apple of parent’s eyes! Diya Mirza plays Dutt’s wife (Maanyata), Sonam Kapoor plays a composite girlfriend and Vicky Kaushal, a close friend. Other actors like Jim Sarbh, Tabu, Anushka Sharma and Karishma Tana are seen in cameos.
Out of all the 6 sound tracks of the movie, Kar Har Maidan Fateh by Sukhwinder Singh and Shreya Ghoshal gives you an adrenaline rush. All the other songs are just average and don’t get the audiences humming. There’s a multi-singer and composer line up in the film, one of which is A R Rahman.
Critic Review and Reception
Before the end credits roll, there’s this song called Baba Bolta Hai in the movie that will get your brains thinking. While most media houses were excited about the movie before its release and showered praises, now they’re calling it a dishonest biography made for Dutt’s cleaner image. Sanjay Dutt and Ranbir Kapoor are shown tearing newspapers and calling names to the media for their ‘sources’ and their ‘reports’, which is one thing I totally loved about the movie.
All in all, just because you’re a star kid and have a huge fan base, does not mean you can get away with toxic habits of substance abuse or serious criminal convictions. Not every person is fortunate enough to get rehabilitation or to be accepted by society. If we go by this trend, we’ll be having another biopic real soon. Guess what it will be called?
So we give a 3/5 to this movie for the outstanding acting overthrown by the victim card in the film.