'Sanju' Movie Review: Ranbir Kapoor Brings To Life The True Life Story Of Sanjay Dutt

| June 29 , 2018 , 14:08 IST

Sanjay Dutt's biopic titled Sanju, helmed by Rajkumar Hirani is finally OUT. The movie starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role chronicles the life of Bollywood's Khalnayak starting from his Rocky days.

The first thing you notice in the movie is Ranbir Kapoor and his enigmatic resemblance to Sanjay Dutt, and how fantastic actor he is. Ranbir has the ability to morph into his subject like a chameleon.

Ranbir has acted like Sanjay Dutt and has easily slipped into Sanjay's shoes and plays Sanjay to perefection,- the many shades of him, his eyes that reflect pain and yearning pleasure , slouching walk to the way he talks but mostly the human side of a man who has lived in the limelight.

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The movie is about a helpless father torn between love for his son and moral code. The bipic captured the different aspects of the father-son bond. The bond was a bit complex, Sanjay was close to his mother, and though he loved and respected his father, he never opened up to him until a certain point.

Veteran actor Paresh Rawal has portrayed Sunil Dutt with nobilty. Sunil Dutt, all his life he fought huge battles with his wife's illness, his son's addiction and legal troubles, and there were the controversies in his own political career. To fight all this with dignity, without abusing anyone, without blaming anyone.

The movie is about all the people in Sanjay Dutt's life. Manisha Koirala who played Nargis, is a delight to watch on the big screen. Sanju presents the small and intimate details of Sanju's life. 

The biggest accomplishment about the movie is undoubtedly the performances. There are shots where you won't be able to tell if you are looking at Ranbir and not Sanjay Dutt. There’s absolutely no process of whitewashing or diluting things that happened in his life in the movie.

Vicky Kaushal shines on his own in the fun and quirky moments as well as in serious ones. Sanju truly did show the heartwarming bromance between Ranbir as Sanjay and Vicky Kaushal as his friend from the US, Kamli.  

The filmmaker made it easier for the public to invest and engage with Dutt's life which he divided into two parts- his fight with drug addiction and the jail term for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

Sanju is an entertaining film, and has all the elements of a blockbuster.