Must Watch For Performances
‘UA’ Certified, 2 hrs 42 mins
What is the film Sanju about?
Sanju, as the title says is the biopic of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Ranbir Kapoor plays the titular role, and the focus is on the drug addiction and bomb blast phase of the senior star.
How is Ranbir Kapoor’s performance?
Ranbir Kapoor playing the role of Sanjay Dutt delivers his career-best performance. He is simply terrific. It will take some time initially to get used to the actor playing another still existing ‘actor’ on screen. However, in time we get so engrossed on what is happening on screen, one totally forgets Ranbir Kapoor and solely focuses on his onscreen avatar.
In both the halves, there are multiple occasions where one is just awed by the act put on by Ranbir Kapoor. Some of them look like he has done in the past, the crying and other stuff, but still, nothing gives a repetitive feeling, and he shines. It is bound to get awards galore in the year-end awards season.
Direction By Rajkumar Hirani?
Raju Hirani is arguably India’s best director working today. Sanju is the fifth films he has made in fifteen years. However, the good thing is that he has managed to make each of those movies truly special. The first three are widely regarded as classics; the last one didn’t get the cut. We have to say Sanju too would be placed along with his previous outing. The thing to remember though is that the comparison is only among his movies and the fact that Sanju might not find a place is merely a reflection of the high standards.
Sanju is riveting from the word go. The moment flashback starts, one is interested in the proceeding, and the director gives them a break only at the interval mark. The first half is fantastic with numerous memorable scenes and terrific acting moments that stay with us even after the completion of the movie. The Raju Hirani effect of bittersweet movie making whereby one simultaneously laughs and cries at the same time is at display in this half.
The second half feels dull, only in comparison to the excellent first half, otherwise, it too is very engaging. The problem comes in what we onscreen which is a total whitewashing of Sanjay Dutt. The bittersweet moments are less, and the “Hirani” magic formula shows up and gains prominence as the narrative progresses towards the end. The ‘Usthad’ seems like a continuation of “Jaadu Ki Jhappi”, “Get Well Soon”, “All Is Well’, “Wrong Number”. The narrative takes a predictable turn and reminds one of past movies of the director in the way the screenplay progresses.
Still, all said and done, the movie is carried extraordinarily by the performances. And the first half alone is worth the ticket price. Not that the second half doesn’t matter entirely. Overall, Sanju is a superbly made biopic that is must watch in cinemas.
Sonam Kapoor and others?Sanju is filled with sensational performances, and the weakest among them are the ones involving heroines. There are three heroines, Anushka Sharma, Dia Mirza and Sonam Kapoor, but none of them has roles that are memorable. They are merely a tool to take the narrative forward. The real deals are Paresh Rawal and Vicky Kaushal. The former lives up to his reputation, and the later creates an excellent reputation for him via Sanju. Jim Sarbh is also superb in a relatively smaller role. Manisha Koirala is enigmatic playing the late Nargis Dutt.
Music and other departments?
The songs don’t have much going for them outside the narrative. They are excellent in the flow of the movie. The AR Rahman song is used in parts. The background score follows the cues of previous Hirani movies and feels predictable. Technically the film is slick and sharp with beautiful cinematography and editing. The director, in fact, edits his movie. He has also written Sanju with regular collaborator Abhijat Joshi, and together they create the magic again.
Raju Hirani’s Touch
Gets Formulaic In Second Half
The whitewashing of Sanjay Dutt
A darker, non-sugarcoated tale focusing on the reality of Sanjay Dutt would be a perfect alternative attempt at this subject.
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