Plot: This biopic provides a 360 view of Sanjay Dutt’s life showing his drug addiction, his relationship with his family, his controversial involvement in the 1992-93 tragic Bombay bomb blasts and his time spent in the jail. In the entire movie Sanju, Director tried to depict on the different stages of Sanjay Dutt’s Life. The time he started working for Rocky under the supervision of his father, he made a substantial mark as a Bollywood upcoming star. It is shown in the movie that his downfall comes with his own complexes in his life regarding his father’s discipline, mixing up with a bad companion, his relation with the underworld, and his controversial romantic relationships with 350 girls. The movie teaches us some very good lessons regarding how to look at life and what are the important things in life. The character of Sanju(acted by Ranbir Kapoor) was shown in various shades of life where he managed to uplift his life from the hell of his complex world.
Acting: Well Ranbir is back with a bang with the Biopic of Sanjay Dutt: Sanju and also made people respect Sanjay Dutt. Comparatively, Paresh Rawal is not up to the mark as Senior Dutt, there is something missing. Maybe we expected something more from Paresh Rawal playing the role of Sunil Dutta. Vicky Kaushal who is depicted as the best friend of Sanjay Dutta is seemed to be perfect with his comic timing and dialogue delivery. Anushka Sharma seems just so-so so her acting is concerned who played the role of NRI author Vivian who penned down Dutt’s biography. Sonam Kapoor’s role was for a small time and she does justice to her role.
Two women in the movie who look stunning as an actor are Manisha Koirala played the role of Nargis Dutt, Dutt’s mother, displays sheer grace in her role, and Dia Mirza as Manyaata, Dutt’s wife is just too impressive showing her sheer poignancy in the acting.
Music: Music is simply superb and the songs just connect the missing dots of the movie. The film’s soundtrack features 6 songs composed by Academy Award winner A. R. Rahman, Rohan-Rohan and Vikram Montrose while lyrics are written by Irshad Kamil, Shekhar Astitwa, Puneet Sharma, Rohan Gokhale and Abhijat Joshi. The film score is composed by Sanjay Wandrekar and Atul Raninga. The best song is ‘Kar Har Maidan Fateh’ which is an inspiring song in the movie sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Shreya Ghoshal.
TM Thoughts: Sanju makes us believe that biographical movies need not be about great people. With the film narration, director Hirani forbids us to indulge in all wrongdoings Sanjay Dutt had done earlier in his life. It teaches us a very simple yet beautiful lesson that ‘We should turn our weaknesses and our failures into our strength and we should learn how Sanju overcome his failures and weaknesses from impossible U-turns of his complex life’. Worst drug addiction, losing loved ones to cancer and mere negligence, chronic depression and anxiety, bad companion, divorce, separation from children and legal accusations like terrorism under TADA and unbearable times in jail of Sanjay Dutt teach us to take life sincerely and respect each and everyone and everything that matters to you and how a bad or good companion can change your life. Overall, it is a must-watch movie for mainly the teenagers or for the guys in the late twenties or thirties. You can have a wonderful 3 hours entertainment along with some life lessons.