When Sanjay Dutt’s biopic was announced, I was quite clear that I was not keen on seeing the movie as I pretty much knew Sanjay Dutt’s story almost completely. So I was wondering why I would want to watch it. Since my mother was keen on seeing it, I agreed to go plus Ranbir Kapoor’s transformation for the role had impressed me.
The movie starts with Sanju trying to get his biography written and the first writer who attempts it is thrown out of his house by Sanjay Dutt since it seemed more like an attempt at flattery rather an honest account of his life. After that, Sanjay Dutt’s wife Manyata approaches Winnie Diaz(Anushka Sharma) to present his side of the story. It takes several attempts for Winnie to be convinced about writing the story as she hears different accounts from media, his friends. Slowly, she discovers the truth and finishes Sanjay Dutt’s biography.
The film shows how the media manipulates the truth, gets away with saying almost anything by just putting across the statement as a question and even convinces Sanjay Dutt’s closest friend that he was actually a terrorist. The movie Sanju tries to explain how a young man who was immature, naive, confused, dominated by his father can go on the wrong path and make stupid choices in life. The movie shows Sanjay Dutt as a victim of his stupid choices which were due to the lack of maturity and not a criminal’s mind.
Sanjay Dutt’s dearest friend who stood by him in all difficult times but got influenced by one media report, the transformation of Sanju’s father to a caring and supporting father who was his rock solid support in very difficult phase of his life are the two biggest highlights of the film for me. Sunil Dutt teaches his son very important and touching life lessons on his difficult journey of life.
Ranbir Kapoor has astounded me in the movie with his transformation and awesome acting. Hats off to him. I will not share my views on whether I believe what Sanjay Dutt says or not in the movie about his mistakes because I would prefer it that people see the movie and make up their mind themselves about it. However, whether you believe Sanjay Dutt or not, I would highly recommend watching it because it is a heartwarming feel good story with many beautiful, touching moments.