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I have a confession to make.

I love Bollywood. I really do! I’m most of the time okay with the extra licence it takes with its audience. I’m not too fussy. I don’t mind if most of our films have very thin or no story lines, over-the-top melodrama, slap-stick comedy or even song and dance sequences bursting upon us without warning!! I don’t even insist that our films should be socially relevant or should carry a message for the audience. As long as it’s a decent and harmless entertainment and is worth the huge bucket of popcorn I normally invest in (it really is huge folks!) I am happy.

If there’s a choice between a Bollywood flick or a Hollywood one, I would go for the former most decidedly. Hollywood skies have anyway gotten over-crowded with too many aliens trying to take over Earth and too many Incredibles and Invincibles and Unmentionables trying to save Earth! 🙂

Having said all this, however, I have to admit here that, in recent times, even the most laid-back, take-it-easy brain can’t help feeling baffled and bemused by the latest trend in Bollywood. The Biopic Mania!! Every Director and Producer seems to be jumping onto the Biopic bandwagon – films on the life and times of sundry characters.

Biographical films are all the craze among our B-town folks and a good many have already been screened to date, with more in the pipeline. Varied persons seem to be getting their 2 and 1/2 hours worth of celluloid fame; finally, as it were – for some long-forgotten, ignored, genuinely deserving personalities. The public gets to know the untold struggles and story behind sports persons, freedom fighters, social entrepreneurs and the like. All very interesting and inspiring!

All …..? Well, I really don’t know about that. I have never really understood the need for and rationale behind a biopic on a match-fixing sportstar, for instance. A colossal waste of time, effort and money in my two-bit opinion!! Similarly I don’t get the rationale behind the soon-to-be released biopic on a current film personality.

Sanju by Rajkumar Hirani on Sanjay Dutt played by Ranbir Kapoor. I know it’s democracy and all that but – a Bollywood film by a Bollywood Director on a Bollywood actor played by another Bollywood actor!!!! Well well well!

Here I was (and most others too I guess) innocently assuming that Biopics ought to be about people who achieve something in their lifetime, enough to educate and inspire others!! By no generous stretch of imagination can that possibly be applied to the colourful and happening life that Sanjay seems to have led.

Filmstars in India are idolised and looked upto like nobody’s business!! A life of any actor indulging in substance abuse early in life, a rampant womaniser (Hirani himself has revealed how Sanjay conned around 308 (!!!!) women into his bed) and his court-proven connection with bomb blasts and AK-56 rifles and subsequent jail time cannot be an inspiring tale to tell surely!!

Just in passing I am interested to know what message Director Hirani wants to convey to the public with this biopic.
– That one shouldn’t be doing all the bad things Sanjay did in his life? Learn from His-tory, maybe ?
–   That our film heroes can have a gaudy personal life and get away with it? In spite of everything, Sanjay has a huge and crazily loyal fan following. Or
–   That the public should follow the policy of forgive and forget and give the bloke a chance? Apparently he’s a family man post his jail days and has tried to mend his ways.

A film Director is much like a lawyer I would think – the outcome of any case depends more or less on how it is presented. So all we have to do is wait for the weekend release of this highly-anticipated and much-awaited (as per claims) movie to see how much the ‘life and times of Sanjay Dutt’ have been glomourised, glorified and justified on screen.

As far as I’m concerned, however, inspite of being a self-confessed Bollywood fan and inspite of a Trailer in which Ranbir Kapoor – for whom I have a soft spot – seems to have surpassed himself with an uncanny portrayal of Sanjay,  I really can’t be bothered to spend my time and money in the theaters this weekend to find out anything about ‘the curious case of Sanju’!

Because dearies, I really don’t care, do you?? 🙂





Pic courtesy – Kids Fashion : Melania Trump-I-really-don’t-care-do-you-Tshirt.


19 thoughts on “The Curious Case of Sanju!

  1. I am also not going to waste my time or money on this biopic. I would rather watch Incredibles 2 the second time. Then then again.

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    1. I hear it is incredible!! 🙂

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      1. It is. 🙂
        Already saw it once the previous weekend.
        Wouldn’t mind watching it again. 😀


  2. Then go for it! One should indulge on oneself sometimes! Even if it’s a repeat!! 🙂


  3. Satish Karanth says:

    My family members were planning to see this movie.But I was wondering what is there to see in a biopic on a filmstsr whose back ground we have known.After reading your blog I feel one should not waste their hard earned money & time on such indulgences.

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    1. Thank you Satish. I thought the same. Hence the blog!! 🙂


  4. I guess the movie was a worth watching. I sew your point out there and totally agree with the ‘Biopic Mania’ but the story of Sanjay Dutt is no less than that of a Bollywood movie. I personally loved it for it had emotional parts, twists and turns and it taught a thing or two.
    I understand the think with Azhar. However, Sanju was a bit out of the box, you get it that the same thing where a person suffers to rise to success is not repeated. It truely attacks the rumours that newspapers send. So, I disagree with you at a lot of points

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    1. Yes I did hear from a few that it was quite good. And I’m quite ok with that. But aren’t there more inspiring people out there other than actors!! That’s my only question!!


      1. Yes there surely are!!!!
        But Sanjay’s Biopic was kinda different, you know. His life had a lot of things unique to him

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    2. Thanks for taking the trouble to read my opinion and put forth your opinion!! 🙂


      1. Accepted Raghav. I’m open to your views. Remember I did mention I’m partial to Bollywood !! 🙂 But unfortunately Sanju’s life did influence a whole generation of youth back then you know.


  5. Rishi Babbar says:

    संजु चलचित्र समीक्षा , हिंदी https://goo.gl/yP9j26 हिन्दीचलचित्रसमीक्षा , फ़िल्मसमीक्षा

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    1. Nice review of the movie!! It has certainly broken the 1st day records!! Opinions differ Rishi. And remember my post is not a review – it was a pre-view!! 🙂


  6. As a Canadian living in the giant cultural shadow cast by the USA, I 100% agree with your analysis of Hollywood films.

    I much prefer watching Hollywood films from the 1940s – in what’s called the Golden Age of Hollywood.

    As a friend of mine once remarked to me, “Remember the days when movies used to be about real people and not super heroes.”

    So I actually prefer watching contemporary Bollywood films to contemporary Hollywood films as well.

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    1. Hey thanks for that! Actually Bollywood is slowly doing away with stereotypes and coming out with some good stories these days.

      But having said that I must admit many of our popular Bollywood movies are remakes of Hollywood ones!! 😏😆

      Thanks for dropping by!!

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  7. If there’s any other character in the movie I liked in the movie, it has to be Anushka Sharma. Yes the story was boring… but Anushka stole my heart. It was only 140 of Indian rupees, so didn’t mind going for it. Anything above 250 for Sanju would have been looting the public.
    Either way we pay heavy electric bills with the A/c on, why not Rs. 160/- for 3 hours and throw a movie in there for entertainment as well and then there are funny people around you too…. so 3 hours well spent, I’d say.

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    1. Definitely Savio. I hear the movie is actually good with top notch acting and all that! But ….. !! 🙂

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  8. Ha!! Ha!! I really enjoyed your review. You make some really good points. BUT, I actually liked the movie. Do check out my review, it will make sense why. 😀

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    1. That was more a preview than a review!!!
      Had fun writing it without actually watching the movie!!! 🙂 🙂
      I’ll def check out yours soon!

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