Release Date: June 29, 2018
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala, Dia Mirza, Anushka Sharma, Boman Irani, Tabu
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Genre: Biography, Drama
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes
One man, many lives – the tagline of Sanju aptly describes what the movie is all about. An individual who has lived several different lives including that of a rebel, a drug addict, a womanizer, a leading actor and a prisoner in jail. Sanju successfully captures the extremes of actor Sanjay Dutt (Ranbir Kapoor), whose life has been a roller coaster ride that has no parallel. No one else in the film industry can claim to have gone through so much pain and suffering and more importantly being able to survive all the trials and tribulations. Sanjay Dutt’s life has been so dramatic that it’s difficult to differentiate it from his reel life. Everything seems to merge into one great whole; a life without regrets and one great learning experience.
Sanju captures all the life-changing moments of Sanjay Dutt’s life such as his addiction to drugs, his conviction in the Arms Act, his failed relationships, his prison time, etc. The movie also delves into the strong relationship that Sanjay shared with his father Sunil Dutt (Paresh Rawal). The interactions between Sanjay and his father form an integral part of the movie. Sanjay’s mother Nargis Dutt (Manisha Koirala) has limited role, but the scenes in the family are really heart wrenching. Sanjay’s wife Manyata (Dia Mirza) also has an important role to play in the movie. One of the important sections of the movie showcases elaborate court cases, where Sanju is trying his best to prove that he is not a terrorist, even though he was found to be in possession of an automatic rifle.
The credit for the movie’s success should go to Ranbir Kapoor, who fits in perfectly in Sanjay Dutt’s role. He has copied the tone, swag, nonchalance, mannerisms and other characteristics of Sanjay Dutt with remarkable perfection. Credit also goes to Vicky Kaushal for his role of Sanjay Dutt’s best friend Kamlesh. Director Rajkumar Hirani has been instrumental in capturing the various shades of Sanjay Dutt. Sanjay’s life involved a lot of bad choices, but presenting the same on the big screen seems to have paid off for Hirani.
Sanjay Dutt has been a true survivor and he deserves a grand applause for overcoming all his fears, problems and bad decisions. If you like Sanjay Dutt’s movies, you would definitely want to watch his biopic Sanju.