Sanju Review (SPOILERS): They Told the Story They Wanted to Tell, Truth Be Damned

I’m back!  6 hours of sleep, and now I am refreshed and ready to move on to the SPOILERS review, after having already written the No Spoilers review.  Which will be super fun for me, having just spent a month learning in detail everything about what “really” happened in Sanjay’s life (you can read that here).  And therefore knowing just what this film changed.  Which is EVERYTHING.

Whole plot in two paragraphs:

Opens in 2013, Sanjay/Ranbir is about to go to jail and wants the famous international author Anushka to write his story so people will know the truth.  She is stopped by Jim Sarbh, wealthy businessman, who warns her against Sanjay/Ranbir.  She goes to her first meeting with Sanjay/Ranbir and asks about Jim, Ranbir tells his first flashback.  When he was making his first movie, Jim was hanging around the set, Sunil/Paresh Rawal made Ranbir nervous by never praising him, and so he tried the drugs Jim offered and felt better.  While high, he went to the house of his girlfriend Sonam Kapoor and insulted her father Boman Irani.  And the next day, he learned from Paresh that his mother Nargis/Manisha Koirala was dying and they had to go to New York for treatment.  He tried LSD to forget, and went to New York with the family an addict.  In New York, he met Vicky Kaushal, an innocent young immigrant who just wanted to help and Vicky became Ranbir’s best friend.  He returned to India after his mother got better determined to marry Sonam, only to learn that Boman had gotten her engaged to someone else.  He called Vicky, who rushed to India to support him and spoke to Sonam for him and convinced her to meet him at a registrar’s office.  But, he didn’t show up, Sonam went to find him and learned he had sold the Mangalsutra to buy drugs, they had a teary confrontation and she left, asking Vicky not to let Ranbir know what he had said to her while high.  Vicky then confronted Paresh and asked him to forgive Ranbir, to be his friend instead of always expecting so much of him.  Paresh tries, greets Ranbir calmly when he wakes up after two days and tries to get him excited about his new movie.  He suggests that Ranbir start sleeping in the hospital room with Manisha who is in a coma so he won’t do drugs.  Ranbir gives in to temptation and does them and then Manisha dies.  At the Rocky premier, Paresh leaves a seat between them for Manisha and Ranbir is overcome and rushes out sobbing.  Paresh follows and promises he will save him.  Ranbir goes to rehab in America, suffers terrible withdrawal pains, finally escapes and tries to buy drugs but doesn’t have any money.  He hitchhikes his way to New York to meet Vicky and get money, but is surprised to see Paresh there instead.  Paresh gives him the tapes with a dying Manisha talking on them, and suggests that Ranbir follow Paresh’s idea of taking famous singers and their songs as his “Ustad” to get through tough times.  Ranbir goes back to rehab and buys a tape player from the drug dealer instead of drugs, and then overcomes addiction through music and imagining his mother there with him singing.  He returns to India and is approached one last time by Jim Sarbh, and beats him up, finally ending his drug years.  Anushka listens to all of this and is touched, and then goes and finds Jim Sarbh and tells him he is trying to stop the book because he doesn’t want people finding out he was a drug dealer.  Jim instead taunts her to track down Vicky and find out what Ranbir’s “best friend” hasn’t talked to him in 20 years.  Anushka flies to America to meet Vicky who tells her that he stopped talking to Ranbir because he had RDX for the bomb blasts in a truck outside his house, and Vicky heard that from Ranbir’s own father.  INTERVAL


Anushka asks Vicky to tell her more.  He flashes back to the early 90s, Ranbir was off drugs but addicted to exercise, and Vicky was successful now in computers and flying back and forth to India to see his girlfriend Karishma Tanna.  Ranbir tried to help Vicky seduce her, but then Vicky ended up drinking too much and falling asleep, so Ranbir slept with her instead and the next morning tried to convince Vicky that he had saved him from an unfaithful woman.  Vicky was angry with him, but all the anger was forgotten when he was arrested.  Ranbir explains that during the riots they got threatening phone calls accusing his father of being “pro-Muslim” and when he went to see his father, the police in charge of his safety were silly and didn’t even know how to use guns.  In fear, he turned to some producers he had who offered him 3 assault rifles for the protection of his family.  But he changed his mind and gave all but one gun back, and then even that one, he asked a friend to cut down and hide the pieces.  Vicky and his family stand by him as he is in jail, and then he finally gets bail and returns home.  Vicky is ready to stay in India until his name is cleared, but then sees a headline about the RDX trucks and goes to ask Ranbir about it in the preview theater where he is meeting with his father, and walks in just in time to hear Paresh say “say you knew about the bombs” and then Paresh asks him to leave.  Vicky is sure that Ranbir is guilty and gives an excuse about it damaging his business to stay in India and leaves. Anushka turns down the book and refuses to meet with Ranbir again.  Ranbir goes to jail.  A year later, Manyaata/Dia meets with Anushka again when she is in India for a book launch and gives her a recording of one of Ranbir’s jail radio shows that they had to smuggle out.  In it Ranbir, talks about the dangers of the press and the “question mark” which allows them to write any headline they want.  He describes the years after getting out on bail, when the press was constantly after him.  Paresh stood up for him and tried to help, first inspiring him to start turning down jobs entertaining gangsters, even if they threatened him.  Ranbir goes to a Hindu gangster and explains that he can’t perform for him because if he does it will shame his father, and if the gangster kills him it won’t shame his father and that is worth it.  Weeks later, the gangster tracks him down and gives him a puja tray, impressed by his bravery.  Paresh also wants him to get serious about work, and so takes a job in Munna Bhai MBBS and forces him to learn his lines and get to work on time and so on.  After Munna Bhai, Ranbir is famous and beloved again.  But the case still hangs over him, he is supposed to give a speech introducing his father at a humanitarian award event and is told he cannot because of the bad publicity.  The next day, Paresh dies.  Ranbir is heart broken, especially because even after the court clears his name, the reporters still say he was convicted of terrorism, NOT a weapons charge, the truth doesn’t matter.  Anushka listens to it and is open to learning more, goes to see Ranbir in prison.  He tells her to tune in to his prison radio show from outside the walls with Vicky and he will tell the truth.  On June 6th, his father’s birthday, Vicky won’t refuse.  Vicky comes and he and Anushka listen as Ranbir explains that the RDX truck was just a rumor, and after it came out, Paresh asked him to meet with a lawyer who suggested Ranbir just lie and say he was involved and give false evidence against other people in order to get his charges reduced.  He can leave the country after that, start life new.  Ranbir angrily refuses, he won’t lie and he won’t shame his father that way, and he throws the lawyer out.  But Vicky only heard part of the conversation and never even noticed the question mark at the end of the headline.  Vicky is heartbroken and regretful.  Finally, Ranbir is released from jail.  He kisses Dia, and then looks behind her at all the reporters and everyone and sees Vicky, in the same bright red coat Ranbir bought him the first night they met, all is forgiven.  And then he gets in the car to see Anushka who hands him a copy of her book on his life, titled for the Anand Bakshi song his father was going to recommend to him before he died, “Let the people talk”.  Ranbir goes home to be with his family and Vicky.  And then, end credits surprise song, the real Sanjay Dutt dancing with Ranbir Kapoor out of make-up to a song about how the press makes everything up.


Before getting into the plot details, I want to deal with this film as a film.  It is not good.  Vicky Kaushal and Dia Mirza (of all people) stand out as the only characters that feel “real”, subtle and human and emotional.  Everyone else seems to have mistaken playing dress up for acting.  The songs are forgettable, like I literally cannot remember a single one, either the visuals or the sound.  Except the end credits song, that one is good.  The tone shifts crazily scene by scene, as though it is 3 different movies, one a black comedy, one a human tragedy, and one a realistic recreation of a true story, that have been wildly cut together.  The visuals are very dull, and also kind of cheap looking.  Never that many people together in a shot, never a beautiful set, everything kind of thrown together feeling.  Ranbir, whose performance is supposed to be the greatest ever, is terrible.  He relies on mannerisms and make-up instead of emotion.  I found myself constantly bored with him onscreen, never able to forget it was Ranbir I was watching rather than a character.  Paresh isn’t much better, again it is simply a series of mannerisms layered on top of the same old Paresh.  Dia is the only on playing a real person who actually felt like a real person.  Maybe because Manyaata is so little known (comparatively) so her performance didn’t have to focus on hitting a series of familiar tics, but could just be itself.  As I said in my No Spoilers review, if this film wasn’t based on a true story, with the gloss that gives it, I think it would be a flop critically and commercially.  And of course, it’s not actually “true”, not the version we are given here.

I could go through point by point and look at all the inaccuracies, but if you want that, just read my Sanjay Dutt series to get the true story of his life.  Instead, I want to look at the broad sweep of the story this film is trying to tell.  A story which doesn’t just whitewash Sanjay, but whitewashes India.

Just one small example, Sanjay got on drugs completely unrelated to the film world.  He got them through college, Elphinstone College, one of the best in the country.  What does this say about India?  College students, the best and the brightest, the thing every parent wants their child to be, can get on drugs, can sell and spread drugs to others.  There is no “good” India and “bad” India, drugs are everywhere.  And that’s not something people are going to be very comfortable hearing.

(This isn’t just a journey that troubled movie stars go on, this is something that could happen to anyone, even people without a triumphal background music to help them)

Something else that the audience isn’t going to be comfortable with.  Sanjay didn’t get the guns because, ha-ha, the police officers guarding his father seemed a little foolish and didn’t know how to use their guns.  The Bombay police was complicit in the riots and Sanjay had good reason to think anyone guarding his father might in fact be the ones trying to kill him.  More importantly, the Riots weren’t a matter of a few burned buildings (what this film reduces them too, saying Tiger Menon set up the blasts because his office burned down), they were a matter of hundreds and hundreds of people dead in the streets.  Oh, and Sanjay didn’t just have 3 guns, he also had grenades.  And I can forgive him that, because I can understand how and why he was so scared.  But this film doesn’t want us to fully grasp what he was afraid of, and so it also can’t let us fully grasp what he did.  For the bombings, we get a shocking recreation complete with explicit photos of dead bodies.  For the riots, in which 700 more people died than in the bombings, we get some people standing around watching a fire.  But that’s not a story the Indian film audience wants to confront, 900 dead in the street, while the State and the public looked the other way.  So the film neatly erases it, no one died in the riots, nothing really bad happened, everything is happy and funny and simple, nothing to see here, nothing to feel guilty for.

And then there are the real people who were removed.  I understand the need not to say “Tina Munim” (Mukesh Ambani was thanked in the opening credits, by the way.  And Raj Thakeray), or “Madhuri Dixit”, or “Rhea Pillai”, or “Kumar Gaurav” or “Richa Sharma” or even “Trishala”.  But the characters brought in to replace them reveal the filmmakers prejudices.  Tina was Sanjay’s first love, and she left him because she couldn’t take watching him kill himself with drugs.  Madhuri Dixit and Richa Sharma, he loved them too and they loved him.  Kumar Gaurav was his best friend who stood by him through everything no matter what.  Tina is turned into “Ruby” (played by Sonam), a Parsi naval officer’s daughter who is innocent and sweet and sheltered.  Madhuri and Richa don’t exist at all, not even a mention.  And of course Trishala doesn’t either.  Kumar and Madhuri and Rhea and Richa, they are all turned into Vicky Kaushal.  The one person who stood by Sanjay through it all, who eventually got his heart broken by him.

(They even cut Sonam’s part of this song, maybe because it made her a little too interesting instead of just sweet and innocent and blind to the world, the way women should be)

Why is this?  What does this do?  Well, it does two things.  First, it makes Sanjay look a lot better.  He is just a silly little boy in the 1990s, not a married man with a dying wife and a daughter in New York, and a serious girlfriend in Bombay.  This film doesn’t want to deal with that version of Sanjay, the messy one that could be both childish and adult at the same time, like real people can be.  And second, it turns the story so that everyone involved is “just like us”, “normal” people, not film people.

Kumar Gaurav, like Sanjay, was raised in the film industry.  Like Sanjay, he had a powerful respected father (not as respected as Sunil, but still respected).  Like Sanjay, he got a film launch at a young age.  But unlike Sanjay, he never turned to drugs, never went “bad”.  He stayed steady and reliable and responsible and a good friend to Sanjay through it all.  Tina Munim, she was a little older than Sanjay and an actress for several years already.  But she also loved him, sincerely, and believed him and was heartbroken as she saw the drugs destroy him.  You can be a film actress with some experiences behind you, and also be a young woman in love.  Rhea Pillai, divorced and a model, she stood by Sanjay too, through it all.  And Richa, another actress but also an innocent who believed in him.

But not according to this film.  According to this film, the only women who can be in love are sheltered girls from “normal” families.  The only decent loyal friends, are hardworking NRIs.  Hardworking male NRIs, Rhea couldn’t have stood by Sanjay through jail, women aren’t capable of that, especially not “bad” women.  And besides, Sanjay couldn’t possibly have had a real relationship during the 90s, because he was a movie star, and movie stars can’t have real relationships.  Heck, people can’t have real relationships!  Not more than once.  Sanjay couldn’t be in love, certainly couldn’t be married, before Dia/Manyata, because everyone knows you only marry once and it is always happy.  No, Sanjay just slept with a bunch of women and then got married, that’s the story.  There’s women you sleep with, and women you marry, and they never overlap.

(Ruby, his one true love, and then he lost her and never loved again.  Because that’s The Rule of Indian society, and you can’t go against it, not even for the sake of Truth)

The whitewashing of Sanjay is obvious, the turning the whole thing into another tired story of a son who can’t live up to his father and that’s why he keeps messing up.  Removing the most difficult parts of Sanjay’s story, everything from Nargis’ heartbreak as she knows her son is on drugs (too sad and too real for this film, they just stick her in a coma instead), to his first marriage and his oldest child.  But what really bothers me and distresses me is the whitewashing of India.  All “normal” Indians are good people, even the gangsters (at least, the Hindu gangsters) are good, it is the film people, the drug dealers, this group of “others” that are bad.  Booo, to the others!  BOOO!  That is what this film is telling us.

And if you believe this movie rather than investigating and finding out the truth, well, that is okay too.  The message of the film, officially in the end credits, is that the press distorts everything for their own ends.  Fine, only that doesn’t really tell us what to do besides patting ourselves on the shoulder because we aren’t press.  The message should be “don’t be stupid, use your brain and make up your own mind instead of just believing what you are told”.  But that can’t be the message, because then they run the risk of people actually investigating further than this film and learning how very very false it is.

And so instead we have Anushka, established as a famous international non-fiction author.  Which is the first Big Lie, there aren’t famous international non-fiction authors!  That’s a thing only believed by people who don’t read non-fiction books, and it tells me right away who is the presumed audience for this film, people who have no concept of how to actually research facts and have never read a book.  And Anushka, our audience stand in who is supposed to be all wise and all powerful, is the most gullible person in the world.  She is approached by a random man in the park who claims to know Ranbir’s secrets, and rather than investigating who this man is and coming to her meeting with Ranbir with background material, she just blindly believes what she is told.  Vicky tells her a story and shows her a newspaper clipping, and she immediately stops thinking for herself and believes what he tells her.  More than that, she seemingly had never even heard of the RDX story until he told her, apparently never done any research at all on this subject she claims to be doing a book on.  In this film, “research” means believing whatever was said by the last person you talked to.  That is the standard it sets, just believe what we tell you because we are telling it to you, don’t go off and try to find out anything for yourself, you already know everything you need right here.

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(Most naive person in the world.  And really feels like it isn’t a coincidence that she is also a woman.  She’s supposed to be the “strong” female character, but instead she is as naive and innocent as Manisha’s Nargis or Sonam’s not-Tina Munim)

And so this film will get rave reviews, from the critics and the public.  We are told that Ranbir’s performance is brilliant, and so we will believe it is brilliant.  We are told this is a tragic real story, and so we will believe it is tragic and real.  No one will critique it, no one will go against the crowd, because that would mean thinking for yourself, the one thing this film doesn’t want you to do.  Just close your eyes, close your ears, close your brain, and relax and believe.

33 thoughts on “Sanju Review (SPOILERS): They Told the Story They Wanted to Tell, Truth Be Damned

  1. The best reviews contextualize films within the culture and politics at the time they were made, which this does. So thank you for that. It also makes me really mad at Hirani and all the other people who are complicit with the rightward swing of politics the world over.

    On a completely shallow note, I have very thick curly hair and Anushka’s wig is atrocious. Just look at the part and how it sits on her forehead. Criminal!

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  2. Thanks for the review.
    You have covered everyrhing I want to say.
    Yes ranbir is getting all the accolades.
    Vicky kaushal is being praised a lot.
    Raju Hirani has put a his hard work etc gathered till now into drain by making this movie.
    Sanjay dutt is innocent and the media is responsible for his bad press as if he was a Saint.
    It’s their prerogative to show what they want but don’t whitewash everything.
    And where we’re khalnaayak vaastav and other movies from 1990’s.
    JUST SHOWED mynnabhai and rocky as if rest do not matter.
    Also pareshan was caricarurish.
    Didn’t bring 1 nuance of dutt ahab.
    Reviewers are giving 3.5 to 4 stars to the movie as it raju Hirani who can do no wrong.they are telling not whitewash but the biggest whitewash in history.
    After 10+ years Heck for children of today history has been re written and this would be gospel.

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    • Yes! where were the 90s movies? It’s Sanjay’s creative and popular peak, and they ignore that whole part of his career. Because it would bring up a version of Sanjay they don’t want, the wounded broken-hearted but still trying Sanjay, that was what came through onscreen in the 90s (not this manic ladies man cheerful idiot type) and that’s what people responded to and still respond to today. The Sanjay of Saajan, of Sadak, of Khalnayak even. He can’t be reduced to just a muscle man, he was so much more. But then Ranbir can’t play that, the broken man struggling through, the best he can manage is the boyman who won’t grow up. So we got Munna Bhai and Rocky instead of all the other brilliant performances that Ranbir couldn’t even come close to matching.


  3. If we want to compare I feel a har was better than Sanju.
    At least azhar stayed relatively close to the events.
    Also it had hunmable songs.


    • Azhar was pretty gosh awful, but you’re right, at least it stuck sort of close to the events. Didn’t erase his first wife, for instance.


  4. This has got to be your meanest review of a Hindi film. Qn-do they convey the message that Munnabhai resurrected Sanjay’s career? I thought his second innings took off after Vaastav. Sounds a bit self-congratulatory on Hirani’s part to credit it all to Munnabhai series. Also no mention of his sisters?


      • And it doesn’t even make sense! He has this whole concept of Sanjay not being able to communicate from jail so he has to send coded messages through the radio show. But, Sanjay was out on furlough every few months, couldn’t he have just done it then? That’s the point of the furlough system, for prisoners to be able to communicate. Also, he was able to send letters from jail and talk to his wife and lawyers, it wasn’t like he was completely cut off from the world. it was just a ridiculous choice and actually makes more sense to me now that you remind me Hirani has a thing for radio shows.


    • Sisters are in the background, but I’m not even sure they have dialogue. Certainly no dramatic part of his life, not even in the “present day” sections. I am sure it is because they didn’t sign disclaimers, which is fine, but also a little distracting since they focus so much on his relationship with his father and this whole other part of his family life is left out.

      And the Munnabhai thing is much worse, they credit that film with teaching Sanjay how to act, and how to work. Which erases Naam and Vaastav, his two remarkable performances that resurrected his career before Munna bhai, along with all the slightly less remarkable but still wonderful performances (Sadak, Khalnayak, Saajan) for which he certainly read the script in advance and prepared for the role. And also suggests that he was a 40-something actor and star for 20 years who had never previously bothered to work at a performance. Which is kind of insulting to the entire film industry, and also extremely superficial. Plenty of actors (Sanjay included) don’t work at every performance, but they have to put in the work on at least a few films if they want to stay popular. This film is saying that Sanjay stayed on top for no reason I guess? Just popular because he was popular?


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  6. Yeah, I pretty much hated this film. I don’t like Ranbir at all, and even this performance seemed very similar to his other performances like Rockstar. Like everybody else has pointed out, what about Sanjay Dutt’s first 2 wives? Daughter? I almost forgot that Sanjay is also an actor, because it’s so rarely mentioned. Manisha in the Kar har Maidan Fateh was Soo melodramatic, and it was so predictable that he would stop doing drugs after listening to the tape. Sonam and Dia barely got a few dialogue. Anushka trying to fake a British accent was so weird. The Karishma Tanna(Kamlesh’s girlfriend) episode was very cringeworthy, couldn’t believe it was Raju Hirani.
    I’m actually one of the few people who liked PK but this was absolute trash. Yes, the media twists stories, but you can’t ignore the fact that Sanjay had connections with the underworld. Also hated the scene where Vicky Kaushal hears Ranbir on the radio and starts bawling. So manipulative.
    The only performance I liked was Vicky’s.


    • Interesting point about the tape being predictable. Because of course that is what happened in real life, his father gave him a tape to listen to and it helped him stop drinking. But there is a way to present it where it would be less predictable, feel natural and organic. Something as simple as him receiving a package from India while in rehab and opening it up and listening to the tape without realizing what it was and being surprised. Instead of this whole looooooooooooooooooooon build up to it.

      On Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 9:20 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Oh, I didn’t know it happened in real. But yeah, the way it was shown was pretty melodramatic. I felt the whole movie was way over the top. Btw, how do you compare this with Mahanati? I didn’t like it that much either, the way they potrayed Savitri as an innocent, naive, angelic woman.


        • I didn’t like either film, both of them avoided the reality of their subjects in harmful ways. Sanju avoided the issues with India at the time which lead to his life challenges. And Mahanati chose to minimize Savatri to be just a woman in love.

          On Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 10:36 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  7. This makes me sad. How much of the shying away from truths, both about characters and about the context in which the story takes place, was because of aiming for a commercial hit, or because of personal biases of the makers and producers?

    I wanted to see this in theaters, but now I think I’ll wait. Disappointed also that this role just ended up being another man-child role for Ranbir. I really do think he can do more than that, but maybe I’m wrong.


    • They do go for the easy answers, in a way that feels like it just wants to give the audience something simple. Like, addiction is because your father put pressure on you. Friendships fall apart because of simple misunderstandings and then are fixed. All you have to do to stand up to mobsters is say “no”.

      The whole idea of a Sanju biopic, that feels like something Raju and Vinod might have wanted to do simply because they love Sanju and wanted to redeem him for the public. But then they found out it was almost unfilmable and had to make massive alterations for the sake of audience popularity (I think). So maybe the original impulse was out of personal bias, but then the changes were just to make it easy for the audience to swallow.

      I’m dreading Ranbir superhero movie, because I am sick of man-child superhero origin stories, and also sick of Ranbir manchild stories, so two at once is going to be extra bad.

      On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 10:58 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



        • It’s Ayan Mukherjee’s dream, they’ve been working on it for years, started filming 2-3 years ago, stopped so he could finish Jagga Jasoos when that schedule got all messed up, then again when Sanju got all messed up, and now they are back on track. It’s supposed to be a trilogy starring Ranbir as the superhero Bhramastra and Alia as (presumably) his love interest. To me “trilogy” means origin story-struggle to balance life and heroics-final big battle. And I am so sick of origin stories.

          On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 11:34 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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          • Yeah, with the special effects and the trilogy and everything, they will be filming intensely for years, no time for a real relationship anyway, perfect situation for a fake one. And it will keep the public interested and excited as we wait for the film to FINALLY be finished. And, most importantly, it will keep the focus off of whatever it is Ayan and Ranbir have going on.

            On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 11:57 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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  8. Haven’t yet watched the Sanjay movie since the past week has been super busy. And your review makes me feel even less enthusiastic.I already knew Kumar Gaurav and Namrata wouldn’t be there.But since we don’t even get a decent Dutt Saab.At least Brahmastra (the superhero trilogy) has Ayan at the helm.The next film with Luv Ranjan (Sonu ke Titu ki sweety) has me seriously worried.Though Ranbir has promised that there won’t be any of Luv Ranjan’s misogynistic rubbish in the new movie.


    • I can believe there won’t be any of Luv Ranjan’s misogynistic nonsense, but I have less faith in it avoiding Ranbir’s brand of misogynistic nonsense. Women were not put on this world just to help him grow up and forget their own needs.

      Oh, and for Sunil they leaned heavily on the black turtleneck look for the 80s, which I can picture him in, but I don’t think he wore all day every day.

      On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 12:15 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  9. I ended up seeing Sanju last night since I didn’t find Yes Boss and it was so bad. I agree with so many of the points that you mentioned. Especially the fact that Anushka does no research on her own. It was so frustrating that she would just believe whatever the last thing someone told her.

    One thing that also frustrated me was that I had no idea why I (as the audience) was supposed to be rooting for or even care about Sanjay Dutt. For example in Mahanati, we’re shown how talented Savitri was and how hard she and her family worked for her to become an actress which is why we wanted to root for her even when she was making mistakes. In this, they mention that Sanjay Dutt is such a big star but they never tell us how he became so big or why he was so popular. So all I’m left with is feeling bad for Sunil Dutt because he has had to go through so much. Plus half the time, I even forget that this is a biopic since it’s pretty similar to other characters that Ranbir has done before. Just the name has been changed.


    • Oh now I am super interested in your last two points! I wonder if they re-wrote Sanju’s life and then cast Ranbir, or if they cast Ranbir and then re-wrote it. In “real life”, Sanjay deserved us to root for him because he overcame addiction, relapsed, overcame again, grew as a father, worked hard 24 hours a day even if he didn’t care about the films, and generally did a lot of stuff that doesn’t fit with Ranbir’s “poor little boy” persona.

      Anyway, glad you also did not like it! It was such a successful movie, I keep waiting for someone to get mad at me for my review, but so far not so much. I guess the people who liked it aren’t commenting on my blog.

      On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 7:55 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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