“Sanju” has hit the screens and everybody is praising the movie and Ranbir Kapoor’s portrayal of Sanjay Dutt. The movie has managed to grab a whopping 100-crore plus collection over the weekend. We congratulate Ranbir Kapoor and the makers of the film for entering the 100-crore club.
While a lot has been said about the movie, we would like to give you a fan’s point-of-view after watching “Sanju”. As you know, Sanjay Dutt has a cult fan following and his fans have always stayed updated with what’s going on in his personal as well as professional life. Let us have a look at what a fan’s reaction was after he watched the movie.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, kripaya kursi ki peti bandh lijiye… Mausam bigadnewala hai!”
I’m sure you are well acquainted with this dialog. Yes! This dialog was a part of “Sanju” teaser. However, this is the opening dialog of the movie, as many of you might have anticipated.
Okay, before getting into the movie, some words of appreciation for Mr. Ranbir Kapoor. As a fan, I never believed he could pull this one off so well. Ranbir has managed to get into the character decently well, however, there are still some instances in the movie wherein Ranbir looks like himself and not Sanjay Dutt (frankly, I felt like watching Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani).
Ranbir is not to blame for this, though! The directors have managed to do great job making the film. However, the same cannot be said for the other actors in the movie, apart from Paresh Rawal and Vicky Kaushal. They seemed too bored while shooting the film. Paresh Rawal has done a decent job as Mr. Sunil Dutt. Vicky Kaushal has also pulled off the fictional character of Sanjay Dutt’s friend extremely well.
Dia Mirza as Manyata Dutt looks very dull, knowing how level-headed and strong Manyata is in her personal life. Dia Mirza failed to impress me as Manyata though, a complete disappointment!
Coming back to the man of the hour, it would not be wrong to say this is Ranbir’s best performance to date and it would be hard to top this in the near future. It takes a lot of heart and courage to portray such a living legend.
Regarding the movie, what do I say, I have mixed opinions. While I was delighted to see the story of my favourite star on screen but, as a fan I was expecting much more information than I already know. We all know that Sanju Baba has a personal life that’s public knowledge.
Yes, it’s true that a lot of facts about Sanjay Dutt’s personal life have been screened in the movie. However, if you are a true fan/follower of the Deadly Dutt, this is nothing new for you.
The girls Sanjay Dutt had in his life… Mr. Hirani, we know about it. The drug phase in his life have always been public and captured by Media… Sir we know about it too. The “I am not a terrorist” tag and the ways he and the late Mr. Sunil Dutt opted to bring Baba out of it… Sir, we know about that as well. Looking for some new information… Frankly, we still don’t know (even after watching the movie).
All the fictionalized names used in the movie, Sanjay Dutt’s best friend (not Salman Khan), Sanjay’s first girlfriend (not Tina Ambani), everyone combined together are spoiling the essence of the movie. Except for Ranbir Kapoor as Sanju Baba, all other characters are stagnant and not adding any value to the script with their performances.
Coming to what we know about Baba and what’s not been shown in the biopic. Sanjay’s love interest, Tina Ambani, and the setback he had after breaking up with her (the random gun shot fired at the Dutt residence by Sanju Baba when he was stoned). His love affair with Madhuri Dixit Nene was immensely spoken about back then and even now. Okay, I will overlook that for now as both these women are now highly designated citizens of the country. But, what I cannot overlook is the role Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Kumar Gaurav played in Baba’s personal life. These two celebs have a very strong presence in Baba’s life. In fact, Sanjay Dutt is an idol for Salman Khan. Also, Sanju’s sister Priya Dutt played a vital role during his jail time has not been brought up in the movie.
A lot of interesting phases from Dutt’s personal and professional life have been overlooked in the movie. It left us feeling like it was not a biopic but a strong marketing gimmick to re-establish Sanjay Dutt. Mr. Hirani, sir we did not expect this. Sanju Baba is self-sufficient to re-estaiblish himself as an actor in the Hindi Film Industry, he does not require marketing. “Sanjay Dutt is not Finished!”
To sum it up, there is nothing new for the fans who actively follow the Deadly Dutt. It depicts like a re-iteration of what is already known to the masses. But certain phases of his life will definitely give you goose-bumps for instance the drug phase and the first time he went to jail. And hands-down Ranbir has played it to the best of his potential. Sorry, but as fans our expectations are too high. No offence, Ranbir!
Overall, an extraordinary attempt by Ranbir Kapoor. Personally, I would say his best performance till date and will be for at least 5 more years going forward. Surely, he will see an upswing in his career graph after “Sanju”.
“One Man… Many Lives” yes, it is a perfect tagline to define Baba’s life. But, the movie certainly fails to depict it.
While for Sanjay Dutt, he has been and will always be our very own “Baba” and continue to win our hearts time and again.
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