Sanju Review: “Sixer, Puttar! Well Played!”

After much hype and wait, Sanju movie hit the theatres today – opening to full theatres and excited crowds. Some watched the film hoping it to be the one that turns the tables for actor Ranbir Kapoor’s career, while some watched it to know what exactly happened to the life of the famous actor, ‘Sanjay Dutt’.

The film, that begins with a comic scene where we see Sanju Baba burning his own autobiography where a writer, Tripathi, has compared ‘Baba’ with ‘Bapu’ (Gandhiji). He is no God and he doesn’t want to be depicted as one.

In the movie, both the actors – Paresh Rawal who plays the role of Sunil Dutt and Manisha Koirala who plays the role of Nargis Dutt – play their roles powerfully. Rawal gets into the skin of his character and portrays it very well how Sunil Dutt was Sanjay Dutt’s powerhouse, while Nargis Dutt, even after her death was a constant inspiration for her son. Paresh Rawal’s acting deserves special mention.

Now let’s talk about Vicky Kaushal playing the role of Kamlesh Kapasia aka Kamli, who is Dutt’s best friend and who has a really funny Gujarati accent. His use of terms like ‘ghapa-ghap’ and ‘andas’ create a laugh riot among the audiences. He famously says, “Tu tiger hai. Rorrrr!”

There are certain actors who do not play the roles that we thought they would before the film released. For instance, Jim Sarbh doesn’t play the role of Salman Khan but that of a friend cum drug peddler named ‘God’ who becomes a famous builder and then vanishes from the movie.  As usual, his acting is good. Also, actress Karishma Tanna doesn’t play the role of Madhuri Dixit as speculated but the very short role of Kamli’s girlfriend.

Ranbir Kapoor, as it has been said before, gives a flawless performance as Sanjay Dutt. He has not only imitated Dutt’s style of talking and posture but also his gait and the way he looks at someone. The transformations in Dutt’s character across different controversial times in his life are well-written by Abhijat Joshi and Rajkumar Hirani. Hirani’s direction is what steers the film for 2hours 41minutes. But the film could have been more crisp.

However, even though the film is not a glorification of Sanjay Dutt’s life it does feel like a justification for his actions. We constantly hear a criticism of the media, the emphasis on ‘spicy news’ and ‘question marks’ is directed at making Dutt sound completely innocent. We also hear about Sanjay Dutt is not a terrorist, and was convicted under the Arms Act and not TADA. Also, what we would have liked in the movie is more about the women in Dutt’s life. A major chunk about his love life is missing from this biographical film.

Anushka Sharma’s role as a biographer from London, Winnie Diaz is simple and the connecting thread across different time spans. Dia Mirza effortlessly flows as Maanyata Dutt. Sonam Kapoor’s short but sweet role as Tina Munim is beautiful and made many shed tears in the theatre.

The background score of the film, especially its theme song is a clear winner. When it comes to songs, only one shines out – ‘Kar Har Maidaan Fateh’.

Sanju is a kaleidoscopic cinematic experience that will make you laugh and cry, portraying different colours of Dutt’s life that many can resonate with. Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt, has three ustaads and their songs to push his son through difficult times. Every time Rawal reveals one of his songs, it creates beautiful scenes. Watch out for the song by Dutt’s last ustaad.

There are some power-packed punches in the movie. Scenes which show Dutt’s Yerwada broadcast at a frequency of 88.0, Sanjay Dutt’s speech for his father and Kamli’s conversation with Sunil Dutt that talks about how Sanju is buried below his father’s legacy will make this film perform well at the box office.

It is how Paresh Rawal says it in the movie, “Sixer, putter! Well played!” Go watch it.

CZ Rating: 4/5

Heer Khant
Heer Khant

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