It's a well known fact that it is no mean task to perform when one is burdened by the weight of expectations. We have numerous examples of individuals/teams failing to give their best performances due to the pressure that mounts on them. The film industry & the sports arena are perfect examples for that where we have the children of superstars, struggling to make their mark. One such personality is Sanjay Dutt, who though made it big went through quite a turmoil in his life courtesy of the horrible choices he made to live upto the legacy that was bestowed on him. So when Rajkumar Hirani announced his decision to make a biopic on him titled "Sanju", the expectations & hype were understandably much more than any other movie. But will it be an unbiased take on the superstar's life or something just to glorify him???
The film unfolds with Sanju being sentenced by the Bombay High Court for five years of imprisonment under TADA. With the media weaving malicious and outrageous fake tales about him, he decides to seek the services of a biographer who could tell his side of the story to the public. Eventually, his wife Manyata (Dia Mirza) approaches Winnie Diaz, a much sought after biographer to pen Sanju's version. Though reluctant initially, she agrees to take up the challenge after she came to realize that he was indeed a much misunderstood individual & nothing like what the media had portrayed him as. So who was the real Sanju & how much truth was there in the image that media had created of him???
Among the numerous Bollywood directors, Rajkumar Hirani is undoubtedly my favourite as I am a huge fan of his brand of film-making which is a concoction of drama, humour & sentiments. The template remains the same here as well with Hirani having scripted it along with Abhijat Joshi. It's surely an engaging tale which focuses on two main incidents in Sanju's life such as his addiction & arms case. However, being a biopic we naturally expect a much more detailed depiction of events but it doesnt happen so & there are numerous incidents that barely gets a mention such as his first wife, child, career etc. On the technical side, pretty much everything was from the top drawer be it the music by Sanjay Wandrekar & Atul Raninga; the make up dept as Ranbir pretty much looked like Sanju in many sequences etc.
Ranbir Kapoor is beyond doubt one of the finest actors in Bollywood but even then I was skeptical when he was chosen to play Sanjay Dutt as he didnt seem anything like him. But Ranbir absolutely blew my mind with his body language, dialogue delivery & mannerisms as it seemed like Sanju himself was playing the role (especially the young long haired avatar). Equally impressive & at times, even better than Ranbir was Vicky Kaushal as Kamlesh and I cant wait to watch more of his movies. Paresh Rawal rocks whichever role he takes up & it holds true here as well while Jim Sarbh also attracts attention. All the females have done their parts aptly be it Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma & Manisha Koirala.
Verdict: As expected, the movie has done roaring business in its opening weekend with collections touching 120 C by Sunday. It also broke the highest single day collection held by "Baahubali 2" & seems poised to match the gargantuan collections garnered by other Hirani movies. It's an excellent biopic which is performed superlatively by Ranbir & well supported by the rest. In short, definitely check it out!!!