Sanju is Bollywood's most controversial star Sanjay Dutt's journey. It traces his life from his debut film to his drug addiction days, him being labelled as a terrorist to finally getting his name cleared. And yes, they forgot the first daughter, Trishala, and his two other wives.
The film had all the right ingredients - the winning combination of Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Raju Hirani and co-writer Abhijat Joshi, who entertained us with films like '3 Idiots', 'PK' and 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai', a brilliant actor in Ranbir Kapoor, an ensemble cast - but something is still missing.
Many had reservations about the film being sympathetic in portraying Sanjay's life, and it does fall into the trap. In the first five-minute conversation of Sanjay Dutt with his
Enters a dolled up Anushka Sharma with her blue eyes,
Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt adapts the star's mannerisms, voice and body language but comes across confused in a few scenes. You might even forget that he is an actor playing the role of Sanjay in a few scenes - which is a win for him as an actor.
Paresh Rawal ably portrays the role of his father but seems like the makers might have taken some liberties in portraying this bond honestly. There might have been some friction, heated moments in their relationship which we don't get to see.
While Sanjay repeatedly fails in his life, his father stands by him like a rock but there aren't any stand-out scenes that we took home with us. In fact, a speech in the film that is meant to be a closure for the troubled father-son relationship fails to connect. Ditto with few other dialogues in the film - they are lazy to the point where actors like Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal deliver them without much conviction.
Vicky Kaushal shares most of the screen time with Ranbir Kapoor in the film. We are introduced to a stranger in the States, who goes on to become his best friend. He makes regular appearances in his life, mirroring the
The film repeatedly engages in media bashing till the last song, 'Ab Bas Ho Gaya' where Sanjay Dutt makes an appearance himself. Sure, while few sections of the media
Overall, Sanju comes across as a patronising film and the team happily skips the portions they don't want us to peep into. Raju Hirani is a fantastic storyteller but leaves us half-hearted with this one. The movie Sanju can be labelled as a
Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Dia Mirza, Jim Sarbh, Manisha Koirala, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Boman Irani