REVIEW : SANJU
This is the first movie that I saw after stepping down from my executive position and if what I felt when watching this is any indicator of what life holds for me in the future, I feel pretty good about it!
Just like there are disclaimers before a movie begins, I would like to make a few disclaimers before you begin reading this review.
1. This is not a critique of Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) as a person; rather it is a review of the film, which is based on an attempt to give a balanced view of a few happenings in the actor’s life.
2. This is not an attempt to look at Raju Hirani’s creations in a fawning manner.
3. I am no great fan of Sanjay Dutt either as an actor or as a character and did not therefore view this movie with a view to be awed by the actor or his deeds.
Like in all his previous films, Raju Hirani, makes no bones that SANJU too is about an important message of social relevance that he would like to convey to the audience. And while he does use the skeletal framework of a few incidents in Sanjay Dutt’s life pertaining to drugs and his relationship with thugs, he strikes a solid blow on how factual reporting in the media has been replaced by “scandal raising” reporting. The basic objective of communicating the actual happenings seems to have been replaced effectively by what is “allegedly seen or heard” only to raise readership or viewership.
And who helps Raju Hirani in this mission, without SANJU coming across as a tirade against the media and its antics?
Quite obviously, the script written by Abhijat Joshi and Raju himself has an important part. And to bring it alive on the screen, we have Ranbir Kapoor delivering a stunning performance from all angles. Vicky Kaushal, who performed so competently in RAAZI, repeats his stellar performance. Paresh Rawal, playing Sunil Dutt is adequate; the rest of the cast are more like guest artistes…Manisha Koirala, Anushka Sharma, Boman Irani, Dia Mirza do their bits. Actually, this long movie ( Raju likes making long movies!), could have been made as SANJU and a few months later on as SANJU RETURNS and the uncovered episodes in the actor’s life could have been covered in more sequels. Raju has fine tuned the art of making movies that move his audiences and SANJU has its due share of mushy moments. But, SANJU will be remembered more for Ranbir’s portrayal than anything else. He is truly outstanding!
RATING: 4.5 out of 5
June 29th, 2018