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“Sanju” Trailer Out, Seems To Be Short Of Breath

Toilets occur twice in the longish trailer. Realism during the times of surrealism.

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Toilets occur twice in the longish trailer.
see Sanju in a dingy prison cell panicking as the inbuilt toilet vomits yellow liquid excreta in nauseating bubbles. Wikimedia

In a sequence meant to be deafeningly shrill in its hysterical repudiation of a traumatic marriage, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja shrieks for her missing mangalsutra, and her high-as-a-kite husband drapes her neck with a toilet seat.

Toilets occur twice in the longish trailer. The second time we see Sanju in a dingy prison cell panicking as the inbuilt toilet vomits yellow liquid excreta in nauseating bubbles.

Realism during the times of surrealism. Great, Mr. Hirani. Filmmaking needs to be learnt from you. But no. I am not convinced. I am not convinced about Ranbir’s performance. It seems dangerously close to mimicking Sanjay Dutt (which by the way the stand-up comedian Sanket Bhosale does very well).

Realism during the times of surrealism.
Ranbir’s performance seems dangerously close to mimicking Sanjay Dutt . WIkimedia

The atmosphere created is light, fluffy, woozy and jokey even in the scenes of horrific torture where Ranbir’s Sanju cracks up after one resounding slap from a policeman interrogating him for his alleged terror activity. It is again an unintentionally funny moment because the real Sanjay Dutt must have cracked up so many times under duress without looking like he has just been caught eating an extra gulab jamun for dessert.

Sanjay’s saga is a chronicle of self-abuse and voluntary destruction. Neither of these aspects is highlighted or even mentioned in the trailer. Barring the small glimpse of Manisha Koirala as Sanjay’s legendary mother Nargis, every actor seems to be in this for the fun of it. Vicky Kaushal, so majestically restrained in “Raazi”, is specially annoying as Sanju’s sidekick smirking about “say-ex”.

And Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt behaves as if his son is an angel targeted by all the devils in the world. This is completely wrong. I remember how beleaguered and troubled senior Dutt was by his son’s antics. Speaking to me, he had called his son a “bidga beta (a brat)” spoilt by his mother. In the trailer, it seems the senior Dutt blames the world for his son’s troubles.

Anushka Sharma (with a specially-cropped haircut to look the part) asks Sanjay how many women he has slept with besides his girlfriends.
Everything in the trailer seems to be done for effect. Wikimedia

I presume this is Hirani’s idea of rustic charm. Everything in the trailer seems to be done for effect. Anushka Sharma (with a specially-cropped haircut to look the part) asks Sanjay how many women he has slept with besides his girlfriends. (Which journalist asks such questions in Mumbai?)

“Does that include prostitutes? 308… no make that 350 just to be on the safe side,” Ranbir’s Sanju deadpans.

The overweening cuteness of an incorrigible hedonist is unbearable to digest.

The only moment that actually had me laughing was when director Mahesh Manjrekar calls Sanjay Dutt saying the shot is ready. Sanju pretends to be stuck in the traffic.

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“But I’ve called you on the landline,” protests Manjrekar with a laugh.

That’s it. Everyone each time — from mom Nargis to friend Manjrekar — laughed off Sanju baba’s wrongdoings.

Judging by the trailer, it seems we’re supposed to do the same. (IANS)

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Casinos Play Big Role in Promoting Tourism in Goa, Says Sanjay Dutt

When asked about his most favourite character, from the scores he has assayed on screen, Dutt said, "No idea. Every character has been close to my heart"

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Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt believes that casinos play a big role in promoting tourism in Goa.

“It’s very important I think. It (casinos) plays a big role in tourism. People go to Macau, they go to Vegas, but it is beautiful to see something like this in India,” Dutt said on Saturday while launching ‘Big Daddy’, an offshore casino promoted by Haryana politician Gopal Kanda.

Besides ‘Big Daddy’, Goa has six other offshore casinos which operate from the Mandovi river, off Panaji.

Casino has been a politically sensitive issue ahead of the May 19 assembly bypoll for the Panaji seat, with several candidates promising to do away with the casinos, which largely operate from the state capital.

A beach in Goa. Pixabay

During the casino launch, the ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ actor also talked about his film career’s most memorable dance performance.

He said the dance was choreographed for the song “Tamma Tamma” in the 1990-film ‘Thanedar’.

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When asked about his most favourite character, from the scores he has assayed on screen, Dutt said, “No idea. Every character has been close to my heart”. (IANS)