‘An empty feeling’ is what I walked out with after watching the ‘over hyped’ Rajkumar Hirani directed ‘Sanju’ in a cinema hall. Having expected a lot from this film, it was disappointing to see the end product. What particularly upset me about this film was , the shoddy execution by Hirani. Now, here is a Bollywood director (of whom I am a big fan) who has given us some of India’s best films in the form of ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ and ‘3 Idiots’, yet watching this movie seemed more of a chore than genuine pleasure. So, the question to be asked then is, why is this movie an average fare? Here is then presenting a few facts about this ‘hyped’ movie, and also a detailed explanation as to why it is not a ‘brilliant’ piece of film making.
1. About Sanju, its basic concept:
This movie revolves around the ‘topsy turvy’ life of Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt’s life. It essentially highlights two major phases of troubled actor’s life i.e his battle with drugs and his alleged involvement in 1993 Bombay bomb blast case. In other words, this is the official biopic of Dutt.
2. Sanju Cast:
‘Talented’ is a word that best describes the cast of ‘Sanju’. Comprising of an interesting ensemble the cast includes: Ranbir Kapoor as Sanju, Diya Mirza as his wife Manyata Dutt, Paresh Rawal as his father Sunil Dutt, Vicky Kaushal as his best friend Kamlesh, Sonam Kapoor as Ruby one among his many girlfriends (308 as mentioned in the movie), Manisha Koirala as Nargis Dutt his mother, Jim Sarbh as Zubin Mistry his drug supplier, and Anushka Sharma plays a fictional character Winnie Dias a biographer. In addition, actors such as Sayaji Shinde, Karishma Tanna, and Boman Irani play minor roles.
3. Sanju release date:
‘Friday, June 29th 2018’ was when this movie was officially released throughout India with great deal of media ‘frenzy’ accompanying it.
4. Sanju Imdb Rating:
‘8.9/10’ is the official Imdb website rating of ‘Sanju’. Furthermore, this rating has been analyzed using a staggering grand total of 19,316 votes. The reviews written on this site for this film include 206 users and 26 critics.
5. Sanju Review, why is it an average Bollywood movie?
Now, to explain why (I believe) this biopic of actor Sanjay Dutt is just an average Hindi movie, here is presenting an analysis on the key components of this feature film. These elements are: story/screenplay/dialogues, editing, cinematography, music, performances and direction. So, here goes the overall review of this movie.
‘A Compromise’ is the best way to describe the story of ‘Sanju’ written by Hirani and his partner Abhijat Joshi. The reason for this being, the simple fact that some vital issues regarding the actor have conveniently not been shown. For example, his relationship with his mother Nargis (played by Manisha Koirala) has not been explored at all. In addition, his sisters have just been used as ‘props’ in the background, and their relationship with him also has been ignored. With regards to screenplay, it is weakest written by Joshi and Hirani so far, since unlike their earlier 4 films it simply does not provoke any thought within the viewer. The dialogues on the other hand are ‘decent’, and as is the norm with these writers, it is filled with great sense of humor. However, a weak story and screenplay ensures that the dialogues do not have the same impact as those used in ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ or ‘3 Idiots’.
‘Crisp’ is the word that best defines the editing of ‘Sanju’, a task undertaken by Hirani himself. The flow of the narrative is extremely smooth and as a result there is not one segment in the movie which seems to drag, credit for this must go to the editor. The best example of good editing in this movie is the scene in which Ranbir as Sanju is playing the role of Munnabhai MBBS, while the original voice of Sanjay Dutt is used.
‘Simplistic’ would be the best way to describe the cinematography of ‘Sanju’ done by Ravi Varman. Furthermore, like other Hirani films the photography of this movie too is devoid of any style. It essentially is focused on capturing the narrative on camera ‘simplistically’, rather than ‘stylishly’.
‘Ineffective’ is what the music of ‘Sanju’ proves to be, with regards to it being a device used to take the story of this movie forward. The soundtrack comprises of 6 songs composed by AR Rahman (guest composer), Rohan-Rohan, and Vikram Montrose. However, none of them are effective in taking the narrative forward, a very rare phenomenon in a Hirani film. The fact that the lyrics do not create as much impact as those used in films such as ‘3 Idiots’ also adds to the ‘ineffectiveness’ of the music. However, one must add that the song “Kar Har Maidaan Fateh” sung by Shreya Ghosal and Sukhwinder Singh is the only song which is decent, and can be considered to be the ‘saving grace’ of the soundtrack .
‘Excellent to good’ is the best way to define the range of performance quality exhibited by the entire cast of Sanju’. Here is then the analysis of some of the major characters in this movie.
- Ranbir Kapoor as Sanju: Via the magnificent use of body language (including the eyes), this young actor belonging to the first family of Hindi cinema brings to life the ‘vulnerable’ personality of Sanjay Dutt. The fact that he also managed to look the part with regards to changes in body shape that Dutt underwent over the years speaks volumes of the dedication shown by Kapoor.
- Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt: Portraying a father sandwiched between his son’s (Sanju) ‘drug and gun problem’, Paresh brings to life the essence of a man who loved his son dearly, but could not express it at all times.
- Manisha Koirala as Nargis Dutt: In a minuscule role as Sanju’s mom, Koirala puts in a decent performance to say the least.
- Vicky Kaushal as Kamlesh: ‘Outstanding’ is the word that best describes the performance of Vicky Kaushal as Kamlesh, Sanju’s best friend. So, be it the authentic ‘Gujarati’ accent or the brilliant use of facial expression, the actor is terrific. In fact, he stands toe-to-toe with Ranbir Kapoor in each and every scene they are together.
- Dia Mirza as Manyata Dutt: ‘Sweet but short’ would be the best way to describe the role played by Dia Mirza i.e. the wife of Sanju. With not much screen time allotted to her, unfortunately this role does not provide the actress enough scope to showcase her acting talent.
- Jim Sarbh as Zubin Mistry: As the ‘wily’ friend and drug peddler of Sanju, this talented theater actor is good, and manages to bring out the ‘slimy’ nature of the character really well.
‘Disappointing’ is unfortunately the word that best describes the direction of Sanju by Rajkumar Hirani. The main reason for this being the inability of Hirani (who is also one of the writer of this film) to flesh out while compressing the life of Dutt for the big screen. However, he does manage to extract fine nuanced performances from the cast especially Ranbir Kapoor and Vicky Kaushal, which is the ‘saving grace’ of. this movie.
6. Sanju, the movie trailer YouTube Video:
’30 May 2018′ was when the official trailer of this movie was released on YouTube. It created such a sensation that in a matter of few days it recorded over a million views. For, those who want to watch it, here is the video.
7. Sanju Movie, Newzfeaturez Rating:
‘5.5/10’ is the ‘Newzfeaturez’ rating of this movie.
Although, Sanju has garnered about Rs 579.79 crore thus far at the box office becoming the ‘Highest grossing Indian film of 2018’, it certainly is one rare ‘HIRANI’ movie that will not be remembered over a period of time.
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