Sanju Movie Review: Hirani Knows “Aap Ko Maza Aata Hai Rone Main”

I know you have been waiting for the movie and now that the movie is here, our review is the next best thing. So grab a cola and hop on!

By Dev Meher

Jun 29, 2018  Updated On : Aug 27, 2018

Star Cast and Characters


Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay "Sanju" Dutt

Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt, Sanju`s father

Manisha Koirala as Nargis, Sanju`s mother

Dia Mirza as Manyata Dutt, Sanju`s wife

Sonam Kapoor as Ruby

Vicky Kaushal as Kamlesh Kanhaiyalal Kapasi "Kamli"

Anushka Sharma as Winnie Diaz, a biographer

Karishma Tanna as Madhuri Dixit

Jim Sarbh as Salman Khan

Tabu in a cameo appearance as herself

Boman Irani as Ruby`s Father

Sayaji Shinde as Bhandu Dada

Mahesh Manjrekar as himself

Arshad Warsi as himself (cameo)

Sanjay Dutt as himself (end credits)

Aditi Gautam as Priya Dutt, Sanju`s sister



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There will be widespread national crying over ‘Sanju’, not outside theatres but inside. I have never seen so many men getting mushier than women across rows. Now Aamir Khan can be spared for his crying Memes for ‘Satyamev Jayate’.


Have I ever wanted a Rajkumar Hirani film to end? I don’t remember. This movie is the leap of confidence and craft by a humble director. He knows Aap Ko Maza Aata Hai Rone Main. We are a nation of criers. No wonder we love melodrama. And, no wonder the best crying-face ever, SRK the master of it all, is the king.


Let me dispel some rumors – Jim Sarbh is not playing Salman Khan. Vicky Kaushal is not playing Kumar Gaurav. But, this is the real review of Sanju. ☺


Sanju Story, Screenplay and Plot


Sanju shows the terrible choices of a good Man – Sanjay Dutt. Sanjay Dutt is a simple and sentimental person. When destiny offloads on a sentimental man a truckload of troubles, he doesn’t really apply his mind or follows his convictions. He drifts. But, you have to credit Sanjay Dutt for having the spine to tower above all. He holds up brave against malaise, slander, rage, disrepute, and loss. In that, he redeems himself. He plays the game fair even with a lousy hand of cards.


The story of Sanju is two parts. Personal Struggles in the first. Social in the second.



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Drugs pre-interval. Terrorism Charges post-interval. Although such a sharp bisection affects truthful storytelling for the larger audience thronging into 5300 screens this week (out of which 4000 are in India), this works better.  Sanju is a delightful screenplay. It never rushes or slows down. On one hand, it is a tell-tale by one of the smartest filmmakers but on the other hand, you will have a lot of questions unanswered. But, as Shakespeare has said, a lot of thinking spoils a Bollywood movie. So please don’t over-analyze Mamu.



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Sanju is about relationships and trust. A father and a son whose battles are entwined onto the very end, give us memorable and beautiful scenes. After this movie, Sunil Dutt-Sanjay Dutt will be part of modern folklores.


Sanju Actors and Performances


In Bollywood, Ranbir Kapoor is the finest acting package of our generation. His self-belief and commitment in acting while playing another actor who is actively performing himself are unprecedented in cinema. The award brigades, commercial or not, will be begging for his appearance this year.



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Paresh Rawal has given us a dauntless Sunil Dutt who had the nerves of steel to brave the odds in the family and profession. Man O Man, those were the years and such were the hoomans! It is ultimately a father-son story. And, it is a story of friendship and trust. Vicky Kaushal is an artist. For someone graduating from Anurag Kashyap’s school of storytelling, he has slipped into the world of Hirani and caught the mood perfectly.


Manisha Koirala as Nargis Dutt is pleasant and strikes the right note. Dia Mirza as Manyata, Anushka as Rajkumar Hirani in Spirit and Jim Sarbh as the Drug-Peddler are great to watch. The ensemble makes a mark, individually and wholly.


Sanju Movie Verdict and Rating: Cinematography, Music, and Direction


You will come out of the theatres with a sniffle. But long after, Sanju stays in your chest like a warm and beautiful memory whose errors and trials are human but his reflections and reconciliations are more humane.



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The music tugs at the heart, particularly the ‘Kar har Maidan’ is exhilarating. You would want to climb a mountain like Sanju. Picturized on Manisha Koirala and Ranbir Kapoor, the song gave me goosebumps. Ravi Varman’s cinematography is a welcome addition. Real and Fantastic blend well with the lensing and colors. At a Running time of 152 minutes, there is not a single moment you can look away from this. Rajkumar Hirani should have already got a national ‘Thank You’ with all the advanced bookings. This time reality is better than expectations. A spectacular tale on Celluloid. India’s weekend is sorted.


I will go with 4 Stars(✯✯✯✯✰).


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