The movie really is just fine. People should have known from the start that this wouldn’t be a completely honest account of Sanjay Dutt’s life. This is because Raju Hirani has always been extremely close to Sanjay Dutt. His bias towards the actor is what we start to see near the end of the film.
I didn’t love it or hate it but I did enjoy it.
What I liked most was that he was shown to be an irresponsible idiot in the early years of his life. It was fun to watch him stumble around and do idiotic shit because that stuff is so close to the character of Sanjay Dutt. I think the writing and performance in the first two acts of the movie were really good. They focused more on making Ranbir Kapoor behave like Sanjay Dutt rather than focussing on making him look like Sanjay Dutt.
I would believe it if I was told that everything the younger version of him did in the movie is something he did in real life. I would love to watch a movie of him being a total shithead and making horrible decisions because that’s what’s entertaining and believable.
Even his path to recovery from being an addict was entertaining and very well done and didn’t feel like they were trying to emotionally exploit you.
Vicky Kaushal gave a great performance in my opinion. Even though he was given a horrible accent to work with, it didn’t get in the way of him nailing the more serious sequences.
What Didn’t Work
There are a couple of things that bothered me. The background music was overused sometimes and Jim Sarabh is a terrible actor.
It’s mainly the third act that I have a real problem with. It’s just boring. I could sit here and pin point how the filmmakers have maliciously ignored very problematic aspects of Sanjay Dutt’s life but we’re three days in since release and I don’t think I can say anything that hasn’t been said already.
The third act of the movie bored me because it spent too much time on a very basic message. All they wanted to say was that don’t believe everything you believe in the papers because the media doesn’t care about the truth, they just want to be at the top. I guess they had to eventually come to the point in his life where he was called a terrorist by many but it was handled a bit too lightly. This is because Raju Hirani is very close to Sanjay Dutt and therefore incapable of dealing with this in a completely objective manner. If someone else would’ve made this movie, maybe it would have been more honest about Sanjay Dutt’s wrongdoings. But this is the movie we got and it’s really enjoyable for the most part.
Do check it out. I think it is enjoyable for the most part even though it gets a bit too preachy near the end. Watch it for Ranbir and Vicky Kaushal.