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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.

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