May 27, 2022


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Sanju Review: Bole Toh, Full Paisa-Vasool!

It was much hyped, and so expectations were much high with respect to its biopic theme of the most talked-about superstar Sanjay Dutt, along with its start-cast and of course captain of this ship – Mr. Rajkumar Hirani. Also, this blockbuster filmmaker promised the audience to present something different, despite being Sanju’s biopic. Well, does the film live up to its expectations? Or has it failed? Let us check it out!


Most of us would know the bits and pieces of the most-loved person now, and also the most-hatred person during 90’s. However, the film ‘Sanju’ showcases some of the unknown dramatic and episodes of the actor’s life, which hardly many are unaware of it. Right from his early days when he was launched in Rocky, to his drug addiction and as well the infamous jail episode – the movie takes you throughout this journey. Well, how Sanjay Dutt fights against all of these odds forms the rest of the movie.

Screenplay & Direction

As its Sanju’s biopic and many have their own set of stories, so Hirani and his team have played it very safe here with respect to its story, so that it doesn’t come in any kind of controversy. Eventually, it’s highly interesting to watch and so quite appreciative of work done by the writers. With so much happening in the story, it’s quite balanced and neatly put together. The biggest strength of SANJU is that the film never drops. The screenplay is riveting and keeps you hooked, even if some of you might not agree with the goings-on.

The first half is outstanding and boasts of a number of fine funny, emotional, and dramatic sequences. The interval point comes as a shock, which will simply blow your mind and craves for more. The madness continues in the second half but the plot gets a bit shaky here. Also, climax could have been a bit more powerful. Personally believe that the film should have ended with a punch or on a rocking note. However, despite some minor flaws, the film is a definite attention-grabber throughout.

Direction done by Hirani is as expected highly impressive. We all know that it’s quite a risky film and to execute it as a storyteller is not an easy job. But Hats-Off to Rajkumar Hirani, where he presented the movie in a simple, crisp and enjoyable manner. One can feel his magic in several sequences, where audiences are being left with teary-eyed and smile on their face.

Music and Other Technicalities

Kar Har Maidaan Fateh’ is the best of the lot, whereas ‘Main Badhiya Tu Bhi Badhiya’ is impressively picturised and imagined. Cinematography is splendid and Background score exhilarating. Prosthetics and VFX deserves a clap for making Ranbir look-a-like Sanjay Dutt throughout his ages. Editing is crisp, and dialogues as always are sharp, entertaining, and massy.


After a long wait, Ranbir Kapoor finally gets his due and what he is meant for! Yes, he deserves a standing ovation for delivering a terrific and mind-boggling performance. The actor just nailed it this time by behaving like Sanjay Dutt in each and every frame. In addition, he gives his best shot in each and every scene here. Watch out for him in the emotional sequence, particularly when his mother passes away and he confesses to his father that he needs to get better. ‘Sanju’ is for sure one of the most superlative performance Ranbir had done so far.

Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt enacts the character with perfection. Manisha Koirala makes a good comeback and charms the audience through her performance by playing Nargis Dutt in the film. Vicky Kaushal is a surprise package and hugely impresses. Watch out for him when he meets Sanjay Dutt in the hospital and in the pre-climax when he listens to the radio.

Anushka Sharma (as Winnie Dias) gives a fine performance. Jim Sarbh is impactful, and Sonam Kapoor (as Ruby) is decent in her cameo. Boman Irani (as Homi) is a fun quotient in the film, and Dia Mirza (as Manayata Dutt) gets overpowered. Meanwhile, Aditi Seiya (as Priya Dutt) doesn’t have much to do in the film, whereas Karishma Tanna (as Pinky) makes a mark despite being there for just a scene. Mahesh Majrekar and others support well.

Paisa-Vasool or Dabba-Gul?

Definitely Paisa-Vasool Boss! Bole toh, Bindaas Jaaneka aur Mast Mein Picture Dekhneka!

The combination of Extra-ordinary Performer (Ranbir Kapoor) and Genius Storyteller (Rajkumar Hirani) works superbly well, where the film leaves a strong emotional impact overall. Don’t Miss – It’s a Must Watch!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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