Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Sonam Kapoor, Jim Sarbh, Boman Irani and Anushka Sharma
Screenplay: Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi
Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani and Fox Star Studios’ SANJU, a biopic on Sanjay Dutt’s life is a heart wrenching drama. The film starts off with Sanjay Dutt (Ranbir Kapoor) who hears that he is found guilty in arms act and is being sentenced to five years in jail, as he has one month to surrender he decides to write a book on what really has happened in his life and hence approaches Winnie (Anushka Sharma) a biographer to write his story, she disagrees first but after requesting she gets ready to listen to the story. Sanjay, with his wife Maanyata Dutt (Dia Mirza) sitting next to him, as he starts telling his story, The story starts off with a 21 year old Sanjay Dutt who is shooting for his first movie ROCKY which is getting directed by his father and how he gets into drugs at the same time. The first half of the film is all about how he got into drugs and how he came out of it and the second half is all about the court cases and it reiterates the thought that he is not a terrorist. While the film does not reveal much about his first two marriages, it rather tells a strong story of a Father and Son and of his relationship with his best friend. Sanjay Dutt’s relationship with his father Sunil Dutt (Paresh Rawal) and his bond with his best friend Kamlesh (Vicky Kaushal) forms the major part of the story. The scenes between them are also the best scenes in the film. The film has plenty of memorable moments and is a presented with a flair that keeps the audiences engaging. Rajkumar Hirani’s brilliance in story telling unfolds magnificently in this film. The movie is beyond glorification and accusation, it is a fine piece of work.
Technically the film is top notch, Editing by Rajkumar Hirani is brilliant; Music by Rohan-Rohan and Vikram Montrose goes very well with the film, it sets the mood. Songs like Kar Har Maidaan Fateh sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Shreya Ghoshal and Ruby Ruby by A.R.Rahman keeps you hooked in the film. Original score by Sanjay Wandrekar and Atul Raninga goes nicely with the flow of the film. Cinematography by S. Ravi Varman is amazing, it has some fantastic visuals. To make a biopic of a man who has lived such an extreme life is very difficult and the writers Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi have written it with finesse.
Performances wise Ranbir Kapoor just shows why he is considered as one of the best actors of this generation, he is incredible and has completely transformed himself as Sanjay Dutt; be it the walks, his facial expressions, body language, everything is effortlessly done. Ranbir has portrayed various emotions and shades with ease and flair. One of the finest performances in the film is by Vicky Kaushal as Sanjay Dutt’s friend Kamlesh; he is superb. Kaushal shines the brightest in this already stellar cast. Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt is wonderful; some of his scenes with Ranbir make one emotional. Manisha Koirala has a brief role but she leaves her charm as Nargis Dutt, Dia Mirza’s strong presence as Maanyata Dutt is felt throughout the film. Anushka Sharma and Jim Sarbh have their moments in the film. Sonam Kapoor is good as Ruby, as one of the girlfriends of Sanjay Dutt. The film also stars Boman Irani and his few scenes with Ranbir Kapoor in the film are hilarious.
Rajkumar Hirani, as a director, in his style takes you through a remarkable journey of a man that has so many different shades in his life with all the commitment it needs. He has the knack of finding Love, emotions and drama in a story and he blends it all with humor beautifully, he has raised the standard for making biopics in India with this one.