Sanju: A biopic no one dare question or criticise

Published: April 28, 2018

It is no secret that Raj Kumar Hirani shares a strong bond with Sanjay Dutt, having worked with him in Munna Bhai MBBS (2003), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) and PK (2014). All three films were critical and commercial successes. So when Hirani decided to helm the movie based on Dutt’s life, it made complete sense and didn’t come as a surprise.

Hirani has a very successful track record as a director. All of his movies have amounted to ground-breaking cinema and record shattering box office numbers. The addition of Ranbir Kapoor to the film as Dutt was another breakthrough as we know that this heartthrob’s talent has no bounds.

The movie, which was referred to as Dutt’s biopic, was revealed to be titled Sanju and the very first teaser trailer dropped just recently. The teaser, just shy of 90 seconds, gives us a look at Ranbir in different Dutt avatars. Saying that Ranbir nails every single one of these looks would be an understatement.

The teaser begins with Dutt (Ranbir) being released from prison and telling the viewers that his life has been like the snakes and ladders board game and has had many ups and downs. Then he sheds further light on the rollercoaster of a life he has lived. From doing drugs at an age of 22 to building a good physique, from travelling in chartered planes to begging for a single bus ticket, and from living in high-rise buildings of New York to living in a prison cell without any windows, Dutt has gone through it all.

Photo: Giphy

Photo: Giphy

The teaser then shows us glimpses from different phases of Dutt’s life. In one particular scene, Ranbir is seen slapping a random guy while in the other he’s seen sitting in a police station where he gets slapped by a police officer. The movie will shed light on some controversial aspects of Dutt’s life, such as his connection to the 1993 serial bombings in Mumbai, his imprisonment under the provisions of Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act and his love life.

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Ranbir is supported by a huge ensemble cast that includes Dia Mirza, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Vicky Kaushal and Karishma Tanna.

In an interview, Ranbir had once said that the Dutt biopic should fall under the science fiction genre, considering the kind of life Dutt has lived. By the looks of the teaser, Ranbir’s statement wasn’t really far-fetched.

The teaser promises a movie which will not only rake in moolah at the box office, but will win the hearts of the audience as well, and Ranbir will surely win plenty of accolades for his portrayal of Bollywood’s ultimate bad boy.

I for one cannot wait to get my ticket! Sanju hit the screens on June 29, 2018.

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Sahir Palijo

Sahir Palijo

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