Biopics have always had their way at the Box Office, barring a few. Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju garnered immense interest, thanks to the director’s credibility, Ranbir Kapoor’s portrayal as Sanjay Dutt and the story about Sanjay Dutt himself. Has the film lived to the hype?
Sanju (Ranbir Kapoor) is a shy twenty-one year old going through his first interactions with the camera for his debut film Rocky. His association with a drug dealer (Jim Sarbh) changes his life spiraling down. He becomes a misguided hero whose decisions are so vague in nature. His tryst with alcohol and drug addiction cause him a lot of hardships.
He loses his mother Nargis (Manisha Koirala) to cancer, loses his girlfriend Ruby (Sonam Kapoor) to another guy due to his weird behavior, loses himself totally, thanks to his collaboration with heartbreaking indulgences.
Sanju also falls into legal obligations for his role in the AK-56 and Mumbai bomb blasts fiasco. Shall he come out of his struggles? What is the actual cause for his problems? You will diligently find the answers during the final moments of the film.
Ranbir Kapoor gives a pitch-perfect performance by immersing fully into the character of Sanjay Dutt. His make-up, costumes and hair are perfectly done and a great credit goes to those departments. Eka Lakhani deserves a special mention for her work as a costume designer.
This is one of Ranbir Kapoor’s finest nuances of acting. He is ably supported by Vicky Kaushal throughout the film. After Raazi, Vicky Kaushal delivers yet another power packed act.
Paresh Rawal delivers an authentic performance while Manisha Koiral deals her role beautifully. Sonam Kapoor’s role is small but she hits the right notes. Dia Mirza plays Maanyata Dutt with elan while Anushka Sharma stands out of the crowd for her hairstyle playing a biographer.
Jim Sarbh suits his character as a shrewd drug peddler. Aditi Gautam (Seiya Gautam in Tollywood) plays Priya Dutt aptly but she has no dialogues at all.
Music of Sanju is pretty ordinary and you wouldn’t hum any once you are out of the halls. Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi’s script is almost entertaining and packs a punch at certain moments.
Though the film has many positives, on the downside it does fall prey for showing the character’s misdeeds on all occasions as a victim. The clever writing whips up the melodrama and humor which sustain the plot during the film’s midlife moments.
Sanju is presented from the lead’s point of view which in turn covers off his controversies in a subtle way. It is a film which will make you understand what went behind Sanju’s mind which forced him into wrong doings.
You will empathize with his character and it will surely make you think whether Sanju is really a bad-boy?
All said and done, Sanju could have consisted of some more engaging incidents in it’s tale but it doesn’t cater to it in totality. Nevertheless, it engages you to a large extent with some finest portrayals and moments.