Judging is easy understanding difficult. Rajkumar Hirani clears the air rising the love for Baba at another level altogether. Ranbir Kapoor plays the skin but Junior Dutt is the soul so integrated that you stay deep into the story with Sanju Baba and there is so much behind the actor than what we know. The film comes as an open book; out and out entertainer with the right doze of entertainment and information. The journey makes you cry and laugh together at so many times and Goosebumps most of the times.
Friends play very important role in everyone’s life. One wrong friend may make your life hell to the core and this is where the Dutt lost himself in his life; making a path for painful journey ahead yet incredible. The wrong friends can ruin your life and the right ones can elevate your life where sky is the limit.
Jim Sarabh and Vicky Kaushal play these friends and Vicky Kaushal is heart of the film. He is in fact the Heroine of the film, where no heroine gets the screen presence he is the one who has a maxim screen presence along with Sanju bringing in the best and brilliant camaraderie. Together they make you laugh and cry. Not once, you feel you have Ranbir Kapoor playing Sanju; he is in the skin of the Dutt. Watching him perform is being in trance.
The film from frame one is hilarious with the right amount of humor backed up with a strong story giving you prominent insights of the events that shaped up Dutt the way Dutt is. Right from his drug days to the days of terror Mumbai faced and his under-layered connections that you crave to know. The writers here have done an outstanding job unveiling the story making it an interesting watch.The film is top-lined with brilliant actors Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Boman Irani, Manisha Koirala making it quite a multi-starrer. Each one plays a role less on length but high on intensity in the journey of Sanju. Paresh Rawal and Vicky Kaushal are the soul of Sanju. Their sensibilities of the father-son duo or the bond of friendship they share with Sanju is full of soul.
The opening song shoot of his career “Kya yahi pyar hai” of Rocky is fun to watch. Rajkumar Hirani is at his best. So is Ranbir Kapoor and A.R Rahman. Sanju is one of his best work off-late. The lip-sync “Main Badiya Tu bhi Badhiya” song is the first effect of the drug encounter. Ruby Ruby will take you to trance. Sukhvinder Singh’s Kar Har Maidan Fateh is the Sanju Anthem – the appearance of the song gives you goose-bump experience. These songs belong to the film Sanju; however, there are ustad songs that actually worked. Music indeed does play a key role in healing one’s soul.
Ranbir Kapoor plays Sanju at a level where you step out of the film with more of Sanjay Dutt and less of Ranbir Kapoor. That’s the charisma of cinematic art. Ranbir Kapoor and RajKumar Hirani cheers to you and take a bow for bringing in this story.
The film ends with the slapstick song on media where the real and reel Sanju come together to entertain you. Sanju – An entertainer, an eye opener. One man may lives.
Two personalities one soul – Sanju -The SuperNayak.