One Man…… Many Lives Sanju.
Usually biographies are made for people with remarkable achievements/success stories, But when Rajkumar Hirani picked up “Sanjay Dutt” to make his Biography in movie Sanju, perplexed many, what is so great about this Guy! but then after watching movie one is left to realize that sometimes it’s failure which is interesting subject to explore
“Sanju” is definitely a fascinating tale of failures and how to rise above it!
Made in trademark “Hirani” style, it combines emotion, Mellow drama, Laughter packaged perfectly, while taking us through roller coaster ride of Sanjay Dutt’s Life from his early age drug problems dealing with ailing mother (Nargis Dutt) and “larger than life persona” of his father (Sunil Dutt).
Episode of Mumbai Bomb blast and his involvement with AK-56 found at his home going through agony of labelled as Terrorist and finally redeeming himself at Yerwada Prison serving the sentence.
It is a sincere attempt not to “Glorify” his life, but present honest account although it seems bit one dimensional due to lack of depth in script which could have possibly explored more “Grey” then keeping everything in Black and White”.
Ranbir Kapoor has completely transformed himself playing Dutt in Best performance of his Career (Previous best was “Rockstar”), Difficult to take off your Eyes of him. An outstanding effort!, But the most impressive performance is “Vicky Kaushal” as Kamli (Kamlesh) playing Dutt’s long time Gujarati Friend, 1st half of the movie completely belongs to him watch out his hilarious entry scene. His Gujarati accent is flawless (who better can qualify than me 😉 It’s his performance along with Ranbir in both comedy and emotional scene elevates the story and make up for lack of depth in script. It was difficult to keep off tears in a scene where Dutt makes appeal on Radio (Munnabhai style) clarifying his side and Kamli realized the misunderstanding.
Overall, Sanju is not perfect movie, (But then Sanjay Dutt was not perfect man either 🙂 But yet an Engaging story depicting father-son relationship from turmoil to reconciliation, And one of the Best “Bromance” we’ve seen in Hindi cinema in long long time!