Sanju is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language biogrophical comedy drama film directed by Rajkumar Hirani and written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi.
It was jointly produced by Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra under the banners Rajkumar Hirani Films and Vinod Chopra Films respectively.
The film follows the life of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, his addiction with drugs, arrest for his association with the 1993 Bombay bombings, relationship with his father, comeback in the industry, the eventual drop of charges from the Bombay bombings, and release after completing his jail term.
Ranbir Kapoor stars as the title character, along with an ensemble cast which features Anushka Sharma, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala, Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Jim Sarbh.
In a conversation with Hirani, Dutt shared anecdotes from his life, which the former found intriguing and prompted him to make a film based on Dutt’s life.
It was titled Sanju after the nickname Dutt’s mother Nargis used to call him.
Principal photography began in January 2017 and was completed by January 2018.
The film’s soundtrack was composed by Rohan-Rohan and Vikram Montrose, with A. R. Rahman as a guest composer.
Fox Star Studios acquired the distribution rights of the film.
Sanju was released worldwide on 29 June 2018.
It received positive reviews from critics, who praised Kapoor’s performance as well as Hirani’s direction; some criticised its supposed image-cleansing of its protagonist.
It registered the highest opening for any film released in India in 2018, and on its third day, it had the highest single day collection ever for a Hindi film in India.
With a worldwide gross of over ₹586.85 crore (US$82 million), Sanju emerged
as the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2018, the second highest-earning Hindi
film in India of all time, and one of the highest-grossing Indian films. It earned
seven nominations at the 64th Filmfare Awards including Best Film and Best Director for Hirani.
It won Best Actor for Kapoor and Best Supporting Actor for Kaushal.
The film starts with D. N. Tripathi (Piyush Mishra), a lyricist, who writes
a biography on Sanjay “Sanju” Dutt, (Ranbir Kapoor), comparing him with Mahatma Gandhi.
A flabbergasted Sanjay has him thrown out. The Supreme Court of India delivers its verdict regarding the 1993 Bombay bombings and sentences Dutt to five years jail term for violating the Arms Act, 1959.
His wife Manyata Dutt (Dia Mirza) approaches Winnie Diaz, (Anushka Sharma)
a London-based writer, to write Sanjay’s biography and present his version of his life to the public.
Although unwilling at first, Winnie is asked by Zubin Mistry (Jim Sarbh), a real estate builder,
to not write the biography, which intrigues her. Winnie first interviews Sanjay, and his life is
revealed in a flashback.
Sanjay’s father Sunil Dutt (Paresh Rawal) plans to launch his acting career in Bollywood with the film Rocky (1981). Upset over his father’s controlling behaviour on set, Sanjay is encouraged by his friend Zubin “God” Mistry to try drugs for the first time.
Sanjay soon discovers that his mother Nargis (Manisha Koirala) is suffering from pancreatic cancer and is taken to New York for treatment.
This incident furthers his descent into alcoholism and drug addiction. He meets Kamlesh (Vicky Kaushal), a fan of Nargis, in New York, and they become quick friends. Kamlesh manages to make Sanjay stay away from his addiction;
after learning of his girlfriend Ruby’s (Sonam Kapoor) fixed marriage due to his ongoing drug addiction, Sanjay relapses.
Kamlesh(Kamli) convinces Ruby to register marry Sanjay; but when Ruby after realising her love for Sanjay, she agrees and comes to the registration office, only to find that he is not there and on reaching Sanjay’s house realizes that he is still under the influence of drugs and decides to leave him. Nargis passes away three days before the release of Rocky, which takes an emotional toll on Sanjay.
Sanjay agrees to attend a rehabilitation centre in the United States, and eventually recovers with the help of his father and Kamlesh.
On returning to India, he meets with ‘God’ his friend and beats him for selling him drugs. Sanjay realizes that he was given drugs while ‘God’ himself was consuming glucose.