Movie review: SANJU

  • 09 Jul 2018

One man…many lives are the four words that define Sanjay Dutt in the latest blockbuster hit, Sanju. It explores some of the most controversial chapter of his life i.e. his tryst with drugs as well as his involvement with the Mumbai underworld during the 1993 Mumbai blast and the subsequent charges under the Terrorist and Arms Act.

We understand that it is not an easy feat to tell everything in 2.5hours of reel time but there were way too many characters and focal points missing that defines Sanjay Dutt. 

Let’s have a look at it:

Richa Sharma and Trishala Dutt

There is no mention about his first wife, Richa Sharma, and daughter Trishala in the movie. Richa died of a brain tumour in America and apparently there are confessions to show that she was constantly harassed by Sanjay and his affairs.

Where is Kumar Gaurav? 

Kumar Gaurav, the son of legendary Rajendra Kumar who later married Sanjay’s sister Namrata, is totally omitted from the film. He stood by him during his drug addiction days as well as helped Sanjay in his career by convincing Rajendra Kumar to cast Sanjay in Naam. Gaurav’s career fades away whereas Sanjay gets a new lease on life when Naam becomes a hit.

Namrata and Priya Dutt

Sanjay’s sisters are totally omitted from the film without a single dialogue referring to them. They were his pillar of strength when he was combatting his drugs addiction and when he was in jail. Both sisters now share a love-hate relationship with Sanjay’s current wife, Myanta Dutt. 

Second wife, Rhea Pillai? 

She was his pillar when he was in jail during the 90’s. Rhea and Sanjay eventually married in 1998. Their relationship, however, fell apart soon after. She went on to marry a popular tennis player, Leander Paes. 

Where is Madhuri Dixit?

 It is a well-known fact in Bollywood that they were both planning to marry while Sanjay was still married to Richa Sharma.

Earlier brushes with the law and Tina Munim

The Mumbai blast and links with underworld wasn’t his first brush with the law. In 1982 he went on a shooting spree in his house after learning that a popular actress of that time, Tina Munim has abandoned him. In case you don’t know who is Tina Munim, she is now the wife of Anil Ambani!  

Help from Bhal Thackeray

It was the Shiv Sena leader, Bhal Thackeray that lobbied for Sanjay to be given bail when Sunil Dutt’s own Congress party CM of Maharashtra and PM, Narashima Rao had turned their back on him. Immediately upon his release from jail, Sunil and Sanjay Dutt visited a temple and then Bhal Thackeray bungalow.

There’s a lot missing but then again this is a story about one movie star who lived it, made mistakes and came out of it to tell it all. Kudos to Ranbir Kapoor for putting on a stellar performance. Now, who is the real Sanjay Dutt?

**The writer is hoping to bring you Sanju on Bollyone HD ch251 as soon as the rights are available! 

Image source: Instagram, DNA India, Jaggernaut Books, facebook, India TV, The Indian Express, Pinterest

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