Sanju (Hindi pronunciation: [səndʒuː]) is a 2018 Indian biographical 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 Sanjay Dutt, his relationship with his father, descent into alcoholism and drug addiction, arrest for involvement in the 1993 Bombay bombings, comeback in the film industry, and eventual release after completing his jail term.
Ranbir Kapoor stars as Dutt, along with an ensemble cast which features Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala as Nargis, Dia Mirza as Manyata Dutt, Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma 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.
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 generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Kapoor and Kaushal's performance and Hirani's direction, but were divided on the performances of the rest of the cast.
The film was also criticised for its supposed image cleansing of its protagonist.
The film 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 ₹264.04 crore (US$39 million), Sanju ranks as the 2nd highest grossing Indian film of 2018.
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