Sanju Movie Review, Story, Ratings 2018

Movie Cast And Crew
Director : Rajkumar Hirani
Producer : Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Music Director : Amaal Mallik
Lyricisst : Puneet Sharma, Shekhar Astitwa
Singers : Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan,  Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghoshal
Cast : Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza,  Manisha Koirala, Tabu, Paresh Rawal, Karishma Tanna
Cinematography : Ravi Varman
Ratings : 4 out of 5 Stars  
Movie Release Date : 29th June 2018

The movie "Sanju" is a biopic on Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt. "Sanju" expose the enigmatic and dramatic Saga of Sanjay Dutt's real life. It portrays a contemptible rendezvous with his drugs and trials regarding Mumbai blast in the Arms Act case 1993. Born with a silver spoon, he became a superstar, reaching dizzying heights and pitch black depths: unconditional love of fans, conflict with underworld, constantly battling addictions, losing his loved ones, life in prison and above all 'haunting speculation' of the whole world that he is a terrorist.

Needless to say, Sanju was already on the tenterbooks before its release. The movie begins with Sanju (Ranbir Kapoor) narrating his side of story to a biographer Winnie(Anushka Sharma). Infuriated with constant media pestering, Sanju the protagonist decides to break his image of a terrorist! His search for a biographer is not demoralized even when he is preparing to surrender to the judgment of Supreme Court. Winnie is not confident enough to take up Sanju's proposal. But Maanyata(Dia Mirza) steps in and play tricky saying "good stories originate from bad choice". Dia fits as a quiet and strong character of Maanyata. As the "total sach" unfolds his real life and confessions take us to the deep perception of highs and lows in his controversial life. Whether you take everything as truth, the journey is a thoroughly engrossing probe into a flawed life of a larger-than-life film star. It's more of a real-life story about a spoilt brat, pampered, rich, protagonist boy. Burdened with expectation when he has his extraordinary parent’s successful prestigious career and reputation.

Like any other Rajkumar Hirani's signature style, drama is effortlessly mingled with humour. Great adaptation of a “non-linear narrative”. Taking liberties with real life events Hirani succeed in his motivation of reinforcing Sanju's emotional appeal. Rajkumar Hirani with screenwriter Abhijat Joshi crafts an intelligent masterpiece script, highlighting upheavals unshackled in Sanju’s  life by drugs, girls, guns. Marked by both candidness and empathy surprises the audience. Rajkumar Hirani has matured with years where he realizes real-life drama is far more impactful than fictional drama. With real-life events and drama, he creates an aesthetic prowess that clicks with the audience.

The movie has many loopholes though as a biopic. It misses out everything about his other two wives and daughter Trishala. Though a womanizer the movie does not go into the detailing of his personal relationships with his girlfriends. Hirani treads with caution.

Ranbir Kapoor 'The real hero', pulls it off subsuming himself completely into a protagonist. Beginning from his makeup, hairstyle, the famous swag walk, shaking head,dialogue delivery,twisting lips, body language are bang-on - he is just so 'Sanjay Dutt': Ranbir wholly ‘inhabits’ Sanjay Dutt, becomes Dutt in soul and skin. Ranbir not for once let even a single act go into a zone of caricature. Hands down brilliant performance portrayal of Ranbir Kapoor. Smoothly fitting into the skin of Sanjay Dutt, apart from the few first scenes, gradually you will completely forget Ranbir Kapoor and start visualizing Sanjay Dutt. Sweeping us off the feet, he simply dazzles.

The script holds you till the end and keeps you glued even if you are not interested in knowing Sanjay Dutt. The first part of the movie reveals Sanjay Dutt susceptibility towards drugs. How he falls prey to the drug dealer Zubin Mistry(Jim Sarbh). The hospital scenes with his mother Nargis (Manisha Koirala) is an emotional burst out there you will be searching for tissues. The thank you speech of Sanjay Dutt on his father's death is a tear-jerker, expressing a son's fondness towards his father. As promised before the release of 'Sanju' by Hirani, the movie is all about a father-son bonding. No doubt the director did a good job in it. Sanjay and Sunil Dutt (Paresh Rawal) relationship formed the core of the story with some touching and heart-wrenching moments. Paresh Rawal does not match up to the personality of Sunil Dutt’s gravita and left scrambling to speed up. Rajkumar succeeded in depicting an outstanding bonding between Sunil Dutt and Nargis. Who comes up as doting parents trying hard to protect their son from the ill effects of drugs. Wish we saw more of Nargis. The scenes between father, mother, and son break you emotionally.

The second half of the movie deals with the illegal ammunition and Arms Act including the Mumbai blast. Where media is depicted as prone to sensationalism. Gradually and steadily everything boils down to media being the real culprit. As it went on badgering Sanjay Dutt trying to prove him a terrorist, hiding other facts about  Dutt, rising a big question mark.
The interrogation session with police will chill your spine down and leave you wondering the suffering Sanjay went through.

If there is something worth mentioning after Ranbir Kapoor and Rajkumar Hirani is Sanju's Gujarati friend Kamlesh(Vicky Kaushal). He stands tall and leaves you amazed with a deep impact upon the audience. He acts as a great strength to Sanju after his breakup with Ruby(Sonam Kapoor).

Anushka Sharma as a biographer, Winnie, Sonam Kapoor as Ruby one of his girlfriend does justice to their characters. Dia as Maanyata comes up as a strong backbone to the later life of Sanjay.

The music score is just ok. This time Rajkumar misses out his long-term association with 'Shantanu Moitra', thus failing to create a musical magic. 'Ruby Ruby' by A.R.Rehman will be the club dance numbers. Vikram Montrose's 'Kar har maidaan Fateh' is soothing to your ears.

Yes, there's a lot missing! But 'Sanju' tells you an incredible story of a superstar making tremendous mistakes, yet survived it and rebounded with flying colors. The movie ultimately establishes its message of how Sanjay was misunderstood by media and speculated as terrorist which he was not. The infectious Ranbir Kapoor energy will keep you injected into the film. He is the reason to buy tickets, a reliable bet for your weekend don't miss it!