- 2 hr 30 min
Sanju is an Indian biographical movie released in 2018 that revolves around the life of popular Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. The movie stars Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role essaying the character of Sanjay Dutt. The movie is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and is produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Sanju narrates the life journey of Sanjay Dutt, a Bollywood actor who strayed off the path to fame and success several times in his life. The film takes us through the significant events in the actor's life, including his rocky relationships with his father, co-stars, and his tryst with substance abuse.
The movie starts with Sanjay Dutt's release from prison in 2016 and traces back to his childhood days when he was known as 'Sanju Baba.' The film shows the protagonist being an ignorant son and troublemaker who drinks, smokes, and goes on drug binges. However, the turning point in Sanjay Dutt's life comes when he meets his friend Kamlesh, played by Vicky Kaushal.
The movie portrays the relationship between Sanjay Dutt and his father Sunil Dutt, played by Paresh Rawal, who always supported him throughout his struggles. The movie also touches upon the actor's relationship with his mother Nargis, his first wife Richa, and his long-time friend and co-star Kamlesh.
The film shows Sanjay Dutt's journey from a carefree young actor to a drug addict, a heartbroken lover, and finally, a man falsely implicated in the Bombay Bombings of 1993. The movie highlights the struggle faced by Sanjay Dutt during his imprisonment and how he overcame his addiction.
The acting in the movie is outstanding, especially Ranbir Kapoor, who has given a marvelous performance as Sanjay Dutt, gaining weight and muscle, and capturing the character's mannerisms perfectly. Paresh Rawal and Manisha Koirala also deliver remarkable performances portraying the roles of Sunil Dutt and Nargis Dutt.
Sanju's soundtrack is equally impressive, with songs such as 'Kar Har Maidaan Fateh' and 'Main Badhiya Tu Bhi Badhiya' gaining widespread popularity. The film's cinematography is also excellent, with the camerawork capturing the flashbacks and different events of the story seamlessly.
Overall, Sanju is an engaging and touching movie that effectively portrays the real-life story of Sanjay Dutt. The movie highlights the challenges and struggles faced by the actor while showcasing his unique personality, relationships, and how he overcomes his demons to emerge as a better person. The film inspires the viewers to believe in themselves and overcome their struggles, no matter what they may be.
Sanju is a 2018 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 30 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6.