SANJU is a 2018 hindi movie, Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala, Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Jim Sarbh. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani , produced by Rajkumar Hirani Films and Vinod Chopra Films,
written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi, Music by A. R. Rahman, Rohan-Rohan, Vikram Montrose and Distributed by Fox Star Studios, 20th Century Fox.
Sanjay falls into bad company and starts taking drugs. His friend and drug supplier is Zubin Mistry, also known as God (Jim Sarbh). The innocent stray incidents of doing drugs soon turn into an addiction which threatens Sanjay’s very life. The story also shows how Sanjay Dutt finds solace in substance abuse even while his mother, Nargis Dutt (Manisha Koirala), is battling with cancer at home, then in the hospital in the USA, and then again at home in India. It is during his US visit for his mother’s hospitalisation that Sanjay meets Kamlesh who would go on to become a very close friend and a confidant. Kamlesh flies from the US even when Sanjay needs him after his girlfriend, Ruby’s (Sonam Kapoor), father finalizes her marriage with an NRI boy.
The movie starts with D. N. Tripathi (Piyush Mishra), a lyricist, who writes a biography on Sanjay “Sanju” Dutt, (Ranbir Kapoor), comparing him with Mahatma Gandhi. A flabbergasted Sanjay has him thrown out. The Bombay High Court delivers its verdict regarding the 1993 Bombay bombings and sentences Dutt to five years jail term for violating the Arms Act, 1959. His wife Manyata Dutt (Dia Mirza) approaches Winnie Diaz, (Anushka Sharma) a London-based writer, to write Sanjay’s biography and present his version of his life to the public. Although unwilling at first, Winnie is asked by Zubin Mistry (Jim Sarbh), a real estate builder, to not write the biography, which intrigues her. Winnie first interviews Sanjay, and his life is revealed in a flashback.
Sanjay’s father Sunil Dutt (Paresh Rawal) plans to launch his acting career in Bollywood with the film Rocky (1981). Upset over his father’s controlling behaviour on set, Sanjay is encouraged by his friend Zubin “God” Mistry to try drugs for the first time. Sanjay soon discovers that his mother Nargis (Manisha Koirala) is suffering from cancer and is taken to New York for treatment. This incident furthers his descent into alcoholism and drug addiction. He meets Kamlesh (Vicky Kaushal), a fan of Nargis, in New York, and they become quick friends. Kamlesh manages to make Sanjay stay his addiction; after learning of his girlfriend Ruby’s (Sonam Kapoor) fixed marriage due to his ongoing drug addiction, Sanjay relapses. Kamli convinces Ruby to register marry Sanjay; upset with his intoxicated behaviour, she leaves him. Nargis passes away three days before the release of Rocky, which takes an emotional toll on Sanjay. Sanjay agrees to attend a rehabilitation centre in the United States, and eventually recovers with the help of his father and Kamlesh. On returning to India, he meets with God and beats him for selling him drugs.
The later part of Dutt’s life is narrated by his now-estranged friend Kamlesh, who Winnie tracks down. In the 1990s, Sanjay turns to bodybuilding and his career in Bollywood has greatly improved. After the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition, Sanjay acquires three AK-56 rifles to ensure the protection of his father, who had by then ventured into politics, and sister, Priya Dutt. A series of bombings occur in Bombay shortly thereafter. Sanjay is arrested in 1993 for possession of illegal arms supposedly supplied by the D-Company to be trafficked for protection during potential communal rioting after the bombings. Sanjay is convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for five years under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA), threatening his career. Indian media labels him as a terrorist, further tarnishing his public image. Believing Sanjay to be guilty, Kamlesh severs ties with him.
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Ranbir Kapoor as “Sanju” – Sanjay Dutt
Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt – Sanju’s father
Vicky Kaushal as Kamlesh “Kamli” Kanhaiyalal Kapasi
Manisha Koirala as Nargis – Sanju’s mother
Dia Mirza as Manyata Dutt – Sanju’s wife
Sonam Kapoor as Ruby – Sanju’s girlfriend
Anushka Sharma as Winnie Dias – a biographer.
Ranbir Kapoor is just as good as his reputation. To state that he’s an incredible actor who fills Sanjay Dutt’s role with gravitas and spunk is stating the obvious. That’s expected from a talented actor like Ranbir. But what he does best in Sanju, is that he delivers the central character’s swag and nonchalance in the most effortless manner. Whether he’s dancing like a hysterical man, with bloodshot eyes under the influence of drugs or he’s the broken, emotional wreck just staring blank, Ranbir portrays a variety of emotions and grey shades with flair. He’s the heart and soul of this film. One of the finest performances in the film comes from Vicky Kaushal. He stands tall and pulls off a superb act as Ranbir’s best friend who stands by him like a rock.
This is MASSIVE… Sanju crosses $ 2,409,125, lifetime business of Baahubali 2 (Hindi) worldwide. Now, third-highest grossing Bollywood.
1 #Padmaavat $ 3,163,107
2 #Dangal $ 2,623,780
3 #Sanju $ 2,409,125
4 #Baahubali2 *Hindi* $ 2,407,933
5 #PK $ 2,110,841.