Neighbourhood Entertainment Desk/ Simran Nijhawan: Ranbir kapoor is flawless in Rajkumar Hirani’s Bollywood – ised biopic of Sanjay Dutt. This is a meta performance. Ranbir Kapoor acts like Sanjay Dutt, who is an actor by profession; imagine the Dedication–level of preparation Ranbir Kapoor would have had to undergo. There is a Bollywood-ish tinge to every scene. Sanju is so much more than Sanjay Dutt thought and the film serves primarily as a platform for Ranbir Kapoor and his talent as an actor to show us the intricacies of Sanjay Dutt’s life. But one person’s story rarely makes a good film.
It is as much about Manisha Koirala, Sonam Kapoor and Dia Mirza, who each play memorable characters in Dutt’s life. Manisha is particularly refreshing as Nargis Dutt and it is a delight to watch her on the big screen. Sanju’s biggest accomplishment are undoubtedly its performances. There are genuinely some shots where you won’t be able to tell you’re looking at Ranbir Kapoor, and not Sanjay Dutt. Vicky Kaushal shines, holding his own in the fun moments as well as serious scenes. It is a gripping film, but one treads with caution.