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Sanju Review

U/A Biopics 2 hrs 42 mins Jun 29, 2018





Sanju Review & Rating


Rajkumar Hirani is one of the most successful filmmakers working in Bollywood right now and he hasn’t given a single flop yet. He directs Ranbir Kapoor and tells the amazing and fantastic story of Sanjay Dutt, a man who has lived a thousand lives in a single lifetime. Two aspects of his life are the main focal point of this film: Sanjay Dutt’s problem with drugs and how he battled its addiction, and the infamous case for holding arms, for which the actor spent time in jail. The other details like his love life and other personal details are touched upon but not in detail.

Just like any other Hirani film, Sanju too is a mixture of humor and drama and delivers a perfect combination of the both. The main emotional hold is the story of the father-son relationship between Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Dutt, and interestingly, the only time the two of them shared the screen was in Rajkumar Hirani’s own film Munna Bhai MBBS. It also gets into Sanjay’s bond with his mother Nargis Dutt, who is played by Manisha Koirala in this film.

Sanju begins with Sanjay Dutt looking for a writer to write his biography just before he is about to surrender himself after the Supreme Court passes the judgment on his jail sentence. He finds a well-known author named Winnie, played by a bubbly Anushka Sharma, who is based on the writers of this film- Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi. Here begins the story of Sanjay’s Bollywood debut and how he gets into drugs and gets addicted to them after the death of his mother.

The first half of the film deals with his addiction while the second half focuses on whether or not Sanjay Dutt should be called a terrorist. This helps in creating a lot of drama in the story and makes it an interesting watch.

Ranbir Kapoor has done a phenomenal job and has totally outdone his previous performances with this character. He has completely gotten into the skin of Sanjay Dutt and has looked like his twin brother in the film. Vicky Kaushal matches Ranbir’s level of performance with his character of Kamlesh, Sanjay Dutt’s best friends. These two characters have some of the funniest and dramatic scenes and the chemistry between them is almost perfect.

Dia Mirza as Sanjay Dutt’s wife Maanyata Dutt is successful in leaving a powerful presence all through the film. Manisha Koirala has a brief role and doesn’t get enough to do on screen. The background music is very powerful and helps the audience invest in the story completely. Songs like Kar Har Maidan Fateh and Ruby Ruby are beautifully shot and go hand in hand with the tone of the film. Rajkumar Hirani is also the editor of the film and he could have done a better job at keeping the movie crisp and tight.

There are some parts of Dutt’s life that have completely been ignored like his previous marriages and the birth of his daughter Trishala Dutt. But that is understandable as there was so much to be covered from his life. The movie does not seek to glorify Sanjay Dutt and tells an honest story of a man who has taken a lot of wrong decisions in his life. This is what makes the movie really inspirational.

All in all, Sanju is a well-made story with a great script and a powerful story of a man who despite making some mistakes, lived a terrific life. Sanju is definitely worth a watch.

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  • Aditya

    29 Jun 18 @ 4:04 PM

Sanju Live Updates & Public Talk

Finally, the day is here! From what we saw in the posters and trailer, Ranbir Kapoor has translated himself as Sanjay Dutt and expectations are high on him. Nearly after 2 years since the announcement, Sanju has finally made it to the theatres amidst a huge buzz and positive atmosphere. The celebs who watched the film at a special premiere are raving about the film and Ranbir Kapoor's performance as Sanjay Dutt. Check out their Tweets below.

Raj Kumar Hirani seems to have hit it out of the park once again as Sanju is getting a unanimous positive talk from the audience and critics. He is said to have done a perfect job in presenting the life of Sanjay Dutt on the big screen. Ranbir is also being praised for his brilliant performance. A few glitches in the screenplay are said to be the only negatives about this near perfect biopic. Check out the latest Tweets about Sanju below.

Rajkumar Hirani and Ranbir Kapoor's brilliance seems to have made Sanju an epic biopic. Everyone from critics to celebs to movie buffs can't stop from praising this masterpiece. Some of the top stars like Dhanush, Karan Johar and others have tweeted about the film, in a positive manner. Check out their Tweets on Sanju here.

Celebrities and top critics from all over the country are praising the film Sanju and its team. Ranbir is said to have portrayed the complex and controversial life of Sanjay Dutt to the T. Going by the Tweets, Raj Kumar Hirani has dealt the crucial phases of Sanjay Dutt's life in a matured manner. From what we are seeing on the social media,, Sanju is a true blcokbuster with unanimous positive talk, check out few more Tweets on Sanju to know more.

That's it for the live updates and audience response on Sanju.

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What to expect from Sanju?

Ever since the announcement of the film, Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju has been one of the most anticipated movies of the year and people kept wondering about what to expect from Sanjay Dutt’s biopic. As the posters of the movie were released, fans were shocked by Ranbir Kapoor’s resemblance to Dutt and the expectations from the film kept rising. Director Rajkumar Hirani has also written the film along with Abhijat Joshi, and the duo has also written Sanjay Dutt’s Munna Bhai series. So Dutt trusted them to make a good biopic based on his life.

A one-minute teaser was then released to showcase what the film looks like which was loved by the viewers and the official trailer also received a widely positive response. It showed that the movie not only shows the good side of Sanjay Dutt’s life, but also the struggles that he went through. Boasting of a huge star cast that includes Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Anushka Sharma, Vicky Kaushal, Dia Mirza and Manisha Koirala, Sanju is all set to be one of the biggest hits of 2018.

What to expect from Sanju?

Visionary Storytelling

Rajkumar Hirani is a bankable name when it comes to film direction and all of his films to date have been massive hits. He made his debut with Munna Bhai MBBS and has made films like Lage Raho Munna Bhai, and two hits with Aamir Khan, 3 Idiots, and Pk. All of these films were produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and co-written by Abhijat Joshi and the trio has come together for Sanju as well which has got their fans very excited to watch this film.

Sanjay Dutt’s Drug Abuse

It is no hidden secret that Sanjay Dutt was addicted to drugs and struggled to get out of it. His father Sunil Dutt eventually put Sanjay into rehab where he found a way to get out of his drug habits but he had also lost interest in acting by then. But he decided to give it another shot and went on to become one of the biggest superstars of the 90s. The filmmakers have confirmed that they will be showing this phase of Dutt’s life in excruciating detail.

Sanjay Dutt’s Connection to the Underworld

Sanjay Dutt’s father Sunil Dutt has been seen saying in various interviews that his son, unfortunately, got friendly with some big names from the Mumbai underworld which got him in a lot of trouble. It was also shown in the trailer that the movie will be dealing with the now infamous AK56 incident for which Sanjay Dutt was sent to jail. It will also showcase the time the actor spent in jail and had to work for money. All of this will definitely make Sanju an interesting watch.

Sanjay Dutt’s Love Life

Sanjay Dutt has been a part of many high profile love affairs with famous actresses like Tina Munim and Madhuri Dixit. Tina left him and is now married to one of the biggest businessmen in India, Anil Ambani. He also had a rough relationship with Madhuri Dixit and it has not been confirmed if Karishma Tanna is playing the role of Madhuri Dixit in the film. Along with Karishma Tanna’s role, another huge detail has been kept under wraps, that is will Sanjay Dutt’s close friend Salman Khan have a role in this movie. One can only wait for the film to release to find out for sure.

Powerful Music

Like most Bollywood films, music plays a very important part in Sanju as well. Rajkumar Hirani makes sure that his movies have the appropriate music to uplift the movie watching experience. Top music directors like  A. R. Rahman, Rohan-Rohan and Vikram Montrose were roped in to create a soundtrack that will go perfectly with the flow of the film and get the audience into the story that they are watching.

Keep watching this space and find out when the first Sanju review is out.