As expected, Raju Hirani directed ‘Sanju’ has opened to packed houses and there’s extremely strong word of mouth, which indicated that the movie is going to be a monstrous hot. Ranbir Kapoor steals the show with his act, and is definitely his best movie till date.
Like any other Raju Hirani movie, there’s emotions, humour and drama in adequate doses. However, there are things that Hirani chose to leave out from the film, which makes you wonder why he didn’t include those. Nevertheless, a gripping and engaging movie (in most parts). It may not be Raju Hiran’s best film till date, but definitely worth a watch. Vicky Kaushal’s career should take off from here (he was good in Raazi as well). The movie should also boost the image of Sanjay Dutt in the public eye, which could potentially help Dutt’s future career.
Sanju is not actually a biopic as it barely covers Sanjay Dutt’s life events. It doesn’t cover his rise and fall at the box office, does’t show his relationships with Madhuri Dixit, or his camaraderie with his industry friends. Even his daughter Trishala (from first wife Richa Sharma) is not shown.
The movies focuses more on Sanjay Dutt’s relationship with his father, Sunil Dutt, and his relationship with his friend Kamlesh, played by Vicky Kaushal (he’s not a real character but depicts shades of different close friends of Sanjay).
Here’s what other film critics have to say.
Ratings:4.5/5 Review By:Taran Adarsh Site:Twitter
Powerful… Engaging… Emotional… Compelling… Rajkumar Hirani proves, yet again, he’s a master storyteller… This one will be a MONSTROUS HIT. Making a biopic isn’t child’s play, but Hirani and co-writer Abhijat Joshi encompass pertinent episodes from Dutt’s life to weave a spellbinding screenplay… #Sanju is an emotional journey… Goes beyond providing mere entertainment and emerges triumphant.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By:Rohit Vats Site:Hindustantimes
Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt, played by Ranbir Kapoor, is an ordinary person who feels and behaves like any of us. He doesn’t behave like a Bollywood star and seems really low on confidence in his youth. The charisma of Ranbir Kapoor is at work here as he imitates Dutt’s body language and mannerism with perfection. He is the soul of Sanju.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By:Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTV
The 160-minute film, essentially a touching father-son drama that also pays tribute to some of Hindi cinema’s greatest lyricists, glides through its busy, pulsating narrative without suffering anything akin to an ungainly wobble. Kapoor shines bright. That is actually an understatement. He dazzles us; he catches us unawares; and he sweeps us off our feet. In one word, he is luminous.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By:Rachit Gupta Site:TOI
Like all of Rajkumar Hirani’s films, Sanju is detailed, well-written and has plenty of memorable moments. The father-son saga, the many references to old Hindi film music and lyricists is fantastic. With Sanjay Dutt’s biopic, Hirani has been able to put his personal friendship aside and present an engaging story with the kind of finesse it needs. The film has a critique that establishes Sanjay Dutt as the king of bad choices. Sanju is definitely one of the year’s best films, but it could have been so.much more. Even with what’s missing, this is still an incredible story of an actor, a hero but most importantly a son who made many mistakes and live one heck of a life.
Sanju Story, Cast & Crew
Few lives in our times are as dramatic and enigmatic as the saga of Sanjay Dutt. Coming from a family of cinema legends, he himself became a film star, and then saw dizzying heights and darkest depths: adulation of diehard fans, unending battles with various addictions, brushes with the underworld, prison terms, loss of loved ones, and the haunting speculation that he might or might not be a terrorist. Sanju is in turns a hilarious and heartbreaking exploration of one man’s battle against his own wild self and the formidable external forces trying to crush him. It depicts the journey of a man through everything that life can throw at him. Some true stories leave you thinking “Did this really happen?” This is one such unbelievable story that happens to be true.
Sanju Release Date:
June 29, 2018 ( India)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal, Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Anushka Sharma
Run Time: 2 hour 41 Minutes
Salman Asks Why Sanjay Dutt is Not in the Movie
Ranbir Kapoor starrer ‘Sanju’ is making all the right headlines, and Ranbir, in particular, has impressed everybody. However, after the trailer was released, Salman Khan felt Sanjay Dutt himself should have done the last act in the film.
Race 3 lead actor Salman Khan was curious to know why Sanjay Dutt isn’t playing himself in the last 7-8 years of his life in the film, as Sanjay Dutt himself the best person to do that.
Here’s what Ranbir Kapoor had to say about Salman’s question, “It has never happened that a person played himself in his own biopic. This destroys the effect of a character. I knew that I will be compared to Sanjay Dutt and that is why I have tried my best to do justice to his role. Whether people see me in 40-year old Sanjay Dutt’s avatar or 20-year old, they should feel that they are watching an artist who is playing Sanjay Dutt. It is correct that I cannot become a second Sanjay Dutt.”
Later, even Raju Hirani answered Salman’s question.
Hirani revealed that even he had initially thought of Dutt playing his older self in the film’s final portions, but he later discarded the idea. Hirani felt the audience would be disconnected seeing Kapoor in the first half and then Dutt in the latter.
Ranbir Goes Full Nude
In one of the scenes, in the police station, you can see Ranbir go full nude (when he is being interrogated by police). “I went nude in my first film (“Saawariya”) itself when my towel dropped. I am very shy in my real life but when the cameras are on, I am not shy as I am portraying a character so you have to be nude in your emotions and physically,” says Ranbir.
Another interesting trivia which the director Raju Hirani shared recently.
Why Aamir is Not in the Movie
The role of Sanjay Dutt, which is played by Paresh Rawal, was earlier offered to Aamir Khan, but he rejected it. And here’s the reason.
“Aamir is a friend. Whenever I write a script, I just go to him and narrate it to get a reaction from him. So I narrated this script also. Not with the intention of asking him to play any role. He reacted interestingly to the script and liked it. Then just out of greed, I asked Aamir if he would play Dutt saab’s role? He took it seriously and gave it a thought. He said let’s meet after a while. So I met him the next week again, then he showed me Dangal and said” ‘look I’m already playing an older man’s role. And if after Dangal, my next film has me play an older man again, then people will stop giving me a young man’s role!’ That was a valid argument. Finally, we had Pareshji (Rawal) playing Dutt saab.”
Ranbir Kapoor and Rajkumar share interesting facts about Sanjay Dutt’s biopic
Rajkumar Hirani’s fans can finally cheer up; the highly anticipated teaser of Sanjay Dutt’s biopic has been released. The movie will be titled ‘Sanju’.
Ranbir Kapoor’s look for the film had created a lot of buzz among the audience. The movie’s lead actor Ranbir Kapoor said he was amazed by how one man could have “multiple roles”.
“I usually have a very thin frame, so it was hard for me to put on muscles,” said Ranbir Kapoor.
There were many speculations regarding the title of the film, but now the makers have decided to go ahead with ‘Sanju’ as the title of the biopic. Hirani said they thought of several titles. One of the titles was ‘Aisa Hi Hoon’ but they felt it was like an adjective and the team wanted a neutral title. They felt the title ‘Dutt’ was a little harsh. Of all the titles, ‘Sanju’ seemed to be the most non-committal and neutral title for the biopic.
Director of the film, Rajkumar Hirani said, even though Sanju hasn’t seen the movie yet, he has given the go ahead.
In the teaser, you can hear him brag that he had 308 girl-friends. Read: Madhuri Dixit Nene and Sanjay Dutt: Their real story off-screen.
The movie also stars Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal, and Vicky Kaushal. The biopic is planned for release on 29th June 2018.
Well, doesn’t matter if you’re a Sanjay Dutt fan or not (or Ranbir Kapoor’s); the fact that the movie is directed by Bollywood’s best director Raju Hirani makes it worth watching.
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