SANJU MOVIE REVIEW: Ranbir’s top gun act – EKSTRA SHOWS

Sanju movie review is out. The Ranbir Kapoor-starrer, Rajkumar Hirani directorial was one of the most awaited films of 2018. The biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, also features Paresh Rawal playing the character of his father Sunil Dutt and Manisha Koirala as Nargis Dutt. Besides them, the cast comprises Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Vicky Kaushal, Jim Sarbh, Dia Mirza and Boman Irani, among others.

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Sanju starring Ranbir Kapoor is without a doubt one of the most awaited films of 2018. I saw Sanju in a near soldout 7 am show and here’s what I feel about it. In his 2006 film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Sanjay Dutt’s Gandhigiri won everyone’s heart. While he may be famous for Gandhigiri but Sanjay Dutt is no Mahatma Gandhi. Rajkumar Hirani makes it clear in film’s opening shot itself.

Before the release of the film, many questioned Hirani if he’s gonna show Dutt as a saint or heroic a la Azhar or gonna make us sympathise with him. Well, the good thing is he doesn’t do that. Sanjay Dutt is a flawed figure and Hirani displays that in the film as is…almost. Rajkumar Hirani’s take on Sanjay Dutt is quite different from what most of us were expecting.

To start with, the film mainly focuses on his relationship with his father, his best friend and (surprisingly) with media. In fact, media is an integral part of this biopic on Sanjay Dutt. His drug phase and the involvement in Mumbai 1993 bomb blast act as a means to take the story forward.

Not sure if it’s good or bad but the movie humanises the larger than life persona and the on-screen image of Sanjay Dutt. But, for me as a movie buff that works.

The first half of the film mainly focuses on his drug phase and his and his family’s battle with it. We get to see what went behind the scenes at that time. When Sanju (Ranbir Kapoor) starts narrating his story to Winnie, the biographer (Anushka Sharma), the initial bit felt forced and juvenile. And the major problem was the background score. In fact, background score of the film plays a spoilsport at various junctures throughout the film. It is forced.

The film, however, picks up the pace in the mid of the first half and the interval point will shock you! More than the narrative what works in the first half is several powerful scenes and performances by almost all the actors. I would like especially mention the emotional scene between Vicky Kaushal and Paresh Rawal. That scene is bound to move you to tears.

The second half of the film is better than the first as it focuses on his TADA and Arms Act case. Throughout the film, Sanju keeps screaming that he is not a terrorist. Charge him for keeping arms but don’t call him a terrorist.

The way I look at it, in my opinion, the film was more about establishing the fact that Sanjay Dutt is not a terrorist and that his image of a bad boy is courtesy media. Rajkumar Hirani has shredded media for publishing factually incorrect stories by hiding behind a question mark!

In several scenes, it looked like Ranbir was breaking the fourth wall and asking media to not hide behind question mark, considering his personal life has been at the receiving end of it more than ever.

Make no mistake, Sanju is flawed just like Sanjay Dutt, but due to Rajkumar Hirani’s deft direction and as he says, LCD (Laugh, Cry, Drama), his ability to make you laugh and cry at the same time works big time here as well.

But the film works because of the performances in the film. The star cast is just perfect. Each and every actor sink their teeth to the character they are portraying.

Ranbir Kapoor is just fantastic in the film. After the first few scenes, you’ll forget Ranbir and will only look at him as Sanjay Dutt. After watching the trailer I wasn’t impressed by Paresh Rawal but buoy he nailed it. His scenes with Ranbir will surely make you look for tissues Manisha Koirala still holds the screen like no other. Her first scene where she mimics Hollywood actors is so heartwarming. Jim Sarbh has the penchant for playing slimy characters and just like Padmaavat he is at the top of his game. Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor and Boman Irani are fine in their roles.

But, for me, the movie belongs to Vicky Kaushal. If Ranbir is the soul of the film, Vicky is the heart of it. This is his best performance. Half star extra only for performances.

Overall, Sanju is flawed and eccentric but it has a brilliant Ranbir Kapoor at its forefront along with other cast members that make this one a worthwhile.

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