Finally, the most anticipated and the most awaited film of the year ‘Sanju’ has released and I have managed watch it…..But,Alas…I was not impressed -(
Firstly, was this movie or the story of Sanjay Dutt so important to be shared ? or told ? I really was never that interested or keen to know the life story of the so called living legend Sanjay Dutt and his tryst with drugs etc etc. Mr Hirani could have simply gone ahead and made ‘Munabhai chalo America‘ rather than working on Sanjay Dutt Biopic. ( I wonder how many people even idolize Sanjay Dutt ????? or watch his film ‘First day first show” ?? Munna bhai was his last successful film.
Sanju is a typical wealthy spoiled brat born to famous celebrity parents and fails to cope up with the hurricane of expectations. Mostly, others make a choice for him, and one such choice is drug abuse. Zubin Mistry becomes Sanjay’s God for drugs and introduces him during the time he was going through a turmoil. What follows is a lifetime of struggle for the young actor, who — only does what he has been asked to.
His failed love story with Ruby leaves a scar on his ego which starts to cure only after he meets a Gujarati NRI, Kamlesh, who helps to cure him…No more spoilers.
Sanju’s first half lacks harmony., it took me a long while to settle down and get connected to the film. The caricaturist feel, the slapstick tone, the loud colors didn’t quite get the real feel in the film.
Few scenes looked so manipulative like the one showing Dutt’s innocent kids hearing the news about their father’ Sanjay Dutt’ getting imprisoned once again and a over dramatic Sonam Kapoor yelling aloud for a missing mangalsutra.
Ranbir’s expert performance keeps you glued through out.
The reason of creating a biographer DN Tripathi (Piyush Mishra) who compares Sanjay with Mahatma Gandhi in the very first scene didn’t make any sense to me…we see Sanjay Dutt, now in his 50s, getting furious that he throws a shoe at the writer and burns his novel. He is unhappy with the comparison to Bapuji…I find the first scene sequence less humorous and bland.
The sequence introducing ‘Karishma Tanna’ as Kamlesh’s girlfriend was absurd and a total waste as it shows Sanju sleeping with his best buddy’s gf…not cool-(-(
Post-interval, the film takes a very convenient shift, the pace slackens,Hirani picks the media as the antagonist. Slowly and steadily, everything boils down to the topic of media being the real culprit because it kept on defaming Sanjay Dutt. This also provides a chance to state only what is already there in the public domain and not saying anything new about Sanjay Dutt, Hirani makes Sanju a predictable tale.
The entire film, the director continues with the sympathetic tone towards Sanju as he brings in a new biographer, Vinnie Diaz (Anushka Sharma) who finally decided to pen down his biopic.
Surprisingly, there are important characters totally missing from the film. Sanjay’s first two wives and daughter Trishala are not there.
The director has tried to bind the screenplay with songs but forgets to put in intensity to the film, hence, slows down the flow.
In this film, Sanjay Dutt has only been established as a ‘misunderstood’ youth. Hirani’s script will only force you to choose a side, but there is no depth nor any layer .
Unfortunately, there was no take away/ didn’t take back home anything after watching the film.
Ranbir Kapoor is perfect and convincing as Sanju,
Paresh Rawal MP playing Sunil Dutt is good and contributes lot to the film.
Manisha Koirala as Nargis, makes you wish there was more screen time of her.
Jim Sarbh, as the drug peddler friend, had done a fine jobis very fine and dandy, and lastly
Lastly, the best part was Vicky Kaushal as Sanju’s faithful New York-based Gujju friend who teaches him life lessons, is absolutely terrific.