The Cinema Station’s Rating: Third AC journey (3/5)
Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Jim Sarbh, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Anushka Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Put together a flamboyant Bollywood celebrity lifestyle smeared with drugs, guns, gangsters, girls, and jail time, and then tell me that Rajkumar Hirani had nothing short of a ripper to showcase on the celluloid. Sanju had a lot of people waiting and guessing about what and who does the film show and more importantly what and who gets left behind the curtains.
Well, it would be a bit harsh to say that Hirani and his unit do not deserve an applause, but Sanju, for me does fall short on some massive grounds resulting in being just another decent film with damn good prosthetic work
A biopic film that pivots around the most common post controversy celebrity cliche of Kuch toh log kahenge is not new in B-town. Sanju during its promotions promised to be one of the boldest biopics ever made, but this is where Hirani’s storytelling skills play you; he does talk about the drugs, the girls, and the AK-56 rifle incident, but somehow, due to some reason, Sanjay Dutt ends up being the poor guy at the wrong place and at the wrong time.
Well, enough of the story bashing; I guess I should have seen this coming. However, team, Hirani does not fall short of perfection when it comes to the scene settings, the sets, and the actors. Ranbir Kapoor’s striking resemblance to Sanjay Dutt falls in line with the way he carries Baba’s charisma and charm all the way. Characters are well crafted with Jim Sarbh and Vicky Kaushal playing important pillars in the story. Those of Dutt’s parents essayed by Manisha Koirala and Paresh Rawal bear an uncanny resemblance with Nargis and Dutt Saab of those days.
Music is not much of a companion through the 160-minute ride, but nevertheless, the story is well narrated and maintains a steady pace. Despite the poor celebrity kid image, Sanju is much likable because it tries you to bring you a step closer to the best possible source of Sanjay Dutt’s life. The film plays well on the drama and the bubble of controversy that leads to it making Sanju a film I would recommend people watch.