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Sanju (2018)

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Sanju is a biopic of the controversial life of actor Sanjay Dutt: his film career, jail sentence and personal life.

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Rajkumar Hirani
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ranbir Kapoor ... Sanjay Dutt 'Sanju'
Paresh Rawal ... Sunil Dutt
Manisha Koirala ... Nargis Dutt
Vicky Kaushal ... Kamlesh Kanhaiyalal Kapasi
Dia Mirza ... Manyata Dutt
Anushka Sharma ... Winnie Dias
Sonam Kapoor ... Ruby
Jim Sarbh ... Zubin Mistry
Karishma Tanna ... Pinky
Boman Irani ... Ruby's father & Dr. Asthana of Munna Bhai MBBS
Ashnoor Kaur ... Young Priya Dutt
Siya Siya ... Priya Dutt (as Aditi Gautam)
Tabu ... Herself
Sayaji Shinde ... Bandu Dada
Steven Allen Prince ... Red jacket kid (as Steven Allen)
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Storyline

Few lives in our times are as dramatic and enigmatic as the saga of Sanjay Dutt. Coming from a family of cinema legends, he himself became a film star, and then saw dizzying heights and darkest depths: adulation of die-hard fans, unending battles with various addictions, brushes with the underworld, prison terms, loss of loved ones, and the haunting speculation that he might or might not be a terrorist. Sanju is in turns a hilarious and heartbreaking exploration of one man's battle against his own wild self and the formidable external forces trying to crush him. It depicts the journey of a man through everything that life can throw at him. Some true stories leave you thinking "did this really happen?" This is one such unbelievable story that happens to be true.

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Taglines:

One Man . . . Many Lives

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

29 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dutt See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

INR 1,536,700,000 (India), 1 July 2018, Wide Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,723,349, 1 July 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,909,317

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,535,130
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hirani one by one posted the posters of Ranbir as Sanjay Dutt of a different era from April 28, and then of him along with a supporting character from May 25. See more »

Goofs

The LG Monitor shown at Kamli's New York apartment did not go for sale in the 90s. See more »

Quotes

Sanjay Dutt: The first time I took drugs, it was because my father didn't like me. The second time, it was because my mother was dying. The third time, I was an addict.
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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits are a dance number with Ranbir Kapoor (Sanjay Dutt) and the real-life Sanjay Dutt. See more »

Alternate Versions

In India, the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) demanded one aesthetic cut for a U/A rating (which allows viewers under 12 to view the film with parental supervision); the cut demanded removed a scene in which a toilet overflows while Sanju is in prison. The cuts was required as the board felt that the scene was gratuitous and unnecessary. The film was released uncut in other countries worldwide. See more »

Connections

References Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Ruby Ruby
Lyrics By Irshad Kamil
Music By A.R. Rahman
Performed By Sashwat Singh and Poorvi Koutish
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Ranbir Kapoor's brilliance and Vicky Kaushal's spontaneity lift this good movie to a great film
3 July 2018 | by sathya0808See all my reviews

I don't usually take it to write a review for a film even though I follow films very passionately. I have decided to do it because, although most of the critics lauded Ranbir's performance, I have seen few comments trying to belittle Ranbir's controlled, methodical performance by comparing it to Vicky's loudly written character. First of all, I never understood why to praise one actor, you need to degrade the other. Coming back to these specific performances, I believe both Ranbir and Vicky were outstanding in their respective parts, Vicky's character was written in a single note and was loud, he nailed it by giving a fine, loud, dramatic performance with a lot of spontaneity and sincerity and without going OTT. Whereas Ranbir's character had many shades and many episodes, Ranbir clinched each part with perfection. From getting Dutt's swag to his voice he almost disappeared into Sanjay Dutt but never went into mimicry or a caricature. It was a kind of a role where the biggest of actors could end up hamming, but it was the brilliance of Ranbir Kapoor that he held his foot. Now, people may find Ranbir less expressive compared to Vicky, but here he is not the usual actor Ranbir Kapoor, here he is playing Dutt. They both complimented each other very well, and Sanju-Kamli has to be one of the best male camaraderie seen in cinema in recent times

Now, coming to direction, story, dialogues and screenplay. The story was episodic, the screenplay was well written with few problems in the 1st half. The movie starts with an excellent note, the way they are building up the drama was terrific, could say the best of Hirani's work but suddenly they lose the track after the scene where Sonam's character cancels her marriage to marry Ranbir, the whole thing was very badly written and was not making any sense. After that, they go into full melodrama, every character from Vicky to Paresh Rawal to Ranbir was overdramatic. Then Har Maidan Fateh came to rescue. 2nd half was terrific, it was crisp and very well directed. Dialogues were very good, they were funny with a lot of punch lines, I was surprised to hear so many A-rated dialouges in the film, some were really creepy. Overall it was a very good entertainer with its soul in the right place most of the times. It would be 3 stars for the 1st half, 4 stars for the 2nd half and 1 extra star for Ranbir and Vicky's performance.


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