There’s no way that you haven’t been eagerly waiting for Rajkumar Hirani’s upcoming venture, a take on the crazy life of Bollywood’s bad boy Sanju Dutt, titled Sanju. With Ranbir Kapoor in the titular role, this movie is on its way to bag every possible award this year! After watching Sanju, you’ll realize that this movie is a pure result of art and it goes way beyond Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt.
The world knows by now that Sanjay Dutt's life was no less than an emotional roller coaster. The movie starts with Sanjay Dutt aka Sanju (Ranbir Kapoor) being out on Parole after the case for illegal possessions of arms at his residence. Then his wife Maanayata Dutt (Dia Mirza) plans to improve Sanju's image in the eye of the people and contacts Winnie (Anushka Sharma), a veteran biographer to write a book on his life. The family wanted to bring out the real & clean image of Sanju in-front of the world.
We go through many timelines of Sanjay's life. Beginning with how Sanju actually became Sanju and a drug-addict. Then we meet Sanju's two close friends, Kamlesh Kanhaiyalal Kapasi (Vicky Kaushal) and Zubin (Jim Sarbh), and move to a different phase- when Sanju was called a terrorist. Was it all a downside of being famous or did Sanju genuinely did something he shouldn't have; Rajkumar Hirani explores that in the rest of the film.
As the story builds, you'll see that Ranbir is no longer acting rather he's living Sanjay Dutt. Rajkumar does not fail to follow his classic formula; every important scene has three important things – drama, emotions & fun. Like in Munnabhai, Rajkumar bring in the memory of having chinese at 3am in an emotional confrontation scene with Circuit (Arshad Warsi) and how Farhan (R. Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi) strip down their pants for ‘jahapana’ Rancho (Aamir Khan) after a super-emotional scenes, Sanju is filled with such instances.
Yes, the movie is a biopic and most of know the major part already but Hirani makes those things even more interesting. From Sanju's drug addiction phase to his comeback from jail, Hirani and Abhijat Joshi have done a splendid job!
Oh Ranbir Kapoor. You may love him, hate him, envy him, admire him, praise him, disgrace him but Bollywood will never find anyone else like him. In the movie, Ranbir displays every emotion and feeling with purity. His expressions walk and the accent are also admirable.
Vicky Kaushal is a limitless pool of talent. With every movie like Raazi, Lust Stories & now Sanju, Vicky has surely made a mark in everyone's heart and mind. I don't think it'll be too much but he did overshadow Ranbir in some scenes. He shares a significant chemistry with Ranbir in the film & alike Sanju his character too travels through a fickling graph of emotions.
Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt is just the way you're expecting him to be. He is without a doubt, Sanju's support in the movie. Paresh Rawal performs with a similar enthusiasm and zeal as Sunil Dutt used to do. Manisha Koirala as Nargis Dutt shines bright! She adapts the charm of the veteran actress on-point.
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja does not have much screen time, but she justifies her role to the fullest! Sanju is Jim Sarbh's second big movie after Padmaavat and he will not disappoint you. Anushka Sharma Kohli looks different and nails her role! Karishma Tanna is there just for one scene and she has looked smoking hot in her cameo.
Sanju is another example, why Rajkumar Hirani is considered to be a master-storyteller in Bollywood. He explores emotions, anger and hurt better than anyone else. Apart from some minor loopholes in the second half, Sanju is a masterpiece in every way!
There are just 4 songs in total, including the three that have already been release and one closing-credit. Vikram Montrose’s Kar Har Maidan Fateh has been working as Sanju's anthem with Shekhar Astitwa’s lyrics and Sukhwinder Singh’s voice. Rohan-Rohan’s Main Badhiya fills the gap & gets saved by some eccentric expressions by Ranbir Kapoor. A.R. Rahman’s Ruby Ruby is stoners’ hymn and pumps up the mood in the film. Closing credits’ song is special, wait for it once the movie is done.
Sanju will blow your mind. This movie is the best biopic to be ever made in Bollywood and there's no way it's getting any less than 9/10! With Sanju, Rajkumar Hirani achieves excellence 5th-time in a row.