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Sanju Review: Dutt’s life is not polished but Ranbir shines as Sanjay!!

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The most awaited bollywood biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt, Sanju has hit the theatres today. From the time the first teaser came out everyone was amazed by the resemblance Ranbir has with Sanjay Dutt. It is not just the look that Ranbir has imbibed but his style, accent, gestures all are in sync with Sanjay’s. His true talent emerges once again.

Plot

The media has always followed Sanjay Dutt closely and kept us all updated about his life, personal and national issues associated with it. So what was more to Raj Kumar Hirani’s Sanju? An initial thought was that the movie might try to portray Sanjay as a saint and the man with a golden heart or the movie might updo his tarnished life. Gladly that did not happen, Sanju has kept Sanjay’s flaws as it is with obviously a little polishing (it’s Bollywood afterall…).

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The movie starts with Dutt’s introduction to drugs and his addiction and progresses further to show his bond with his parents and friends (Vicky Kaushal deserves a mention as his friend…applause-worthy portrayal). Paresh Rawal as a man struggling between love and emotions for his son and his morals and principles, the dilemma is so well expressed. The first part majorly brings out the glamorous but emotional rider side of Sanjay, which progresses to the case of 1993 blasts. Ranbir screams through the movie that he is everything but a terrorist. TADA and arms act scenes are heart-wringing for a viewer. So even when there is nothing much new to know or gather out of the movie, it is the compelling way of story telling that binds the viewers.

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Cast

The movie casts an amazing bunch of actors, Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt is just sheer talent to watch and so are the experienced Paresh Rawal and Manisha Koirala as his Parents. Vicky Kaushal does an amazing job as Sanjay’s friend. A little lack of emotional connect was felt with Sonam Kapoor’s role of Sanjay’s girlfriend. Dia Mirza – welcome back to the screen again 🙂

Verdict

It is great to see that the biopic has not smoothened the scars and scandals of Sanjay’s life and has portrayed majoity of them without much bollywood sand paper wash. It is a good movie to watch for both Sanjay’s and Ranbir’s fans. Raj Kumar Hirani and Vinod Chopra have once again given a movie that strikes emotional cords. I give Sanju 3.5 of 5 stars.

CHEERS!! Filmywhisky

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