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Through Rajkumar Hirani’s lens, the film Sanju tells the story of the Indian actor Sanjay Dutt who came to films in 1981 with Rocky and then had many more successes. Dutt’s history of being a drug and alcohol addict, a womanizer and having connections with the underworld are some of the factors that have added drama, emotion and masala to the film. Given his well-known bloopers and controversial journey, the writers Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi have played it smart by not glorifying the actor.
The film shows the 1993 scenario when a series of bomb blasts in Mumbai killed 250 people and Sanjay was convicted of possessing arms and being connected to the terrorist attacks. The film also shows his father Sunil Dutt, a very well-known name in Indian film industry at that time, who stood by his son like a rock and single-mindedly managed to bring him out of all the chaos. Though Sanjay was released from charges of being involved in the terrorist attacks, he served five years in prison under the Arms Act.
Sanjay’s alleged involvement in terrorism was a misunderstanding because the media is always hungry for ratings and they showed Sanjay as a terrorist. According to Hirani’s Sanju, he only kept a weapon to protect his family but was caught due to the hype created by the media about his links with the Mumbai blasts.
People might also think of it as a biased film considering Hirani and Sanjay’s long-time professional relationship. The film clearly blamed everyone except Sanjay Dutt, giving the impression that the facts were twisted and edited.
Ranbir Kapoor’s brilliant performance in the film is amazing. He adopts the actor’s mannerism with the same swag, muscular physique and low-pitched heavy bass tone, which is very impressive. The film makes many things clear about Sanjay Dutt’s misunderstood life but it is also a breakthrough in Ranbir’s film career. Paresh Rawal plays Sunil Dutt. The film also includes Manisha Koirala depicting Sanjay’s mother Nargis, Dia Mirza as his wife Manyata Dutt, Vicky Kaushal as his best friend, Anushka Sharma as a writer and Sonam Kapoor as his girlfriend.
In the film, his wife is seen saying that Sanjay indeed is the king of bad choices. Hirani has shown how Sanjay made massive mistakes, walked through fire, survived it and made a comeback. The film can be said to be another masterstroke by Hirani as he breaks his own records. It is definitely the kind of film that glows even after it is over.
A film by Rajkumar Hirani is always awaited as people have complete trust in what he will treat them with. Sanju gained popularity from its making to the first teaser and finally hitting the screens with a record-breaking opening on 256 screens in North America and 4000plus in India.