Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju continues to do gangbusters business at the Box Office. Setting a scorching pace, the film has broken all sorts of records, joining the Rs 200 crore club within a week of its release and it has on its 10th day collected a sum of Rs 28.05 crore, taking the total collection to Rs 265.48 crore. Giving a fresh lease of life to Ranbir Kapoor’s sagging career, it has posted many firsts — highest opening weekend earner to being the highest single day earner, Sanju has set the cash registers ringing at the Box Office.
The movie is on its way to join the Rs 300 crore club now, which it is likely to do within the next couple of days. The only films which have crossed the Rs 200 crore mark in 2018 are the controversial Padmaavat and Salman Khan’s action flick Race 3. In fact, 2018 has been one of the best and busiest years in recent memory for B Town with many blockbusters and hits.
In Sanju, Paresh Rawal and Vicy Kaushal have put in stand out performances along with Ranbir himself. After Raazi, which also turned into a sleeper hit, Kaushal has another hit role. In Sanju, Kaushal plays his good friend called Kamli. Kamli is said to be based primarily on Sanjay Dutt’s close buddy Paresh Ghelani, who was recently welcomed to the world of social media by his friends Dutt, R Madhavan and Shilpa Shetty.
On working with Hirani, Kaushal, who plays a pivotal role in the film, had said, “It surely is surreal. It was a special feeling to be part of a Rajkumar Hirani film. I will always crave to be part of his film in any capacity.”
Whether the film, a biopic, actually does justice to the Deadly Dutt’s life tale is the chasm between objectivity and subjectivity. Director Hirani may have ignored several aspects of the actor’s controversial past while glorifying others. The relationship with Sunil Dutt and his friends are well narrated, but the aspects about him being branded a terrorist or the time spent in jail aren’t fleshed out properly. Though cinema goers seem to be lapping up the film, remember that the 1993 Mumbai blasts took place 25 years ago and hence may well be lost in the Time Machine by many. Hirani's needless attack on media through a song is also unnecessary and misplaced for Sanjay Dutt reckons that the media ignobly fixed him for being an alleged participant in the 1993 blasts. This remains the single biggest gap in the film though the narrative chooses to gloss over it.
Nevertheless, Sanju, which is in its second week and running strongly in theatres, has already become the ninth highest grossing Hindi movie of all time. It joins the ranks of movies like Baahubali 2, Dangal, PK, Tiger Zinda Hai, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Padmaavat, Sultan and Dhoom 3.
Sanju made Rs 62.97 crore on its second weekend – Rs 12.90 crore on Friday, Rs 22.02 crore on Saturday and Rs 28.05 crore on Sunday. At the end of the second weekend, Sanju had already made Rs 265.48 crore.
Hirani has ruled the Box Office with every film of his turning into a monster hit – from Munnabhai 1 and 2 to Three Idiots to PK, and now a biopic on the deadly Dutt.
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