Biopics about fallen heroes and icons with feet of clay gives compelling cinema. Good films like Walk the Line (country singer Johnny Cash), Jobs (Apple founder Steve Jobs), The Darkest Hour (British Prime Minister Winston Churchill), The Queen (Elizabeth 2 in the UK) and Elizabeth (Elizabeth 1) is done to great acclaim. But to make biopics such as these must filmmakers to keep a certain distance from his subject.
Now I had no great expectations from Sanju, Rajkumar Hirani’s biopic on Sanjay Dutt. Both Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has been behind Dutt’s most successful films, both before and after he was convicted and imprisoned for housing weapons illegally.
Although it makes your objectivity antenna goes up, even hoping against hope that the level of knowledge of his subject may well lead to intimate, interesting details and nuances of the portrait that just proximity and access permission. Even in India, where you can not even do a biography of a character from legends such as Padmavati or a figure long deceased, who Manikarnika, without going through rings of self-righteous fire, the fact that a biographical film has been well be enough to believe that ends in a braver new world. Foolish me.
Prior to this, Azhar, starring Emraan Hashmi previously cricket Mohammad Azharuddin was a biopic promoted by, um, Mohammad Azharuddin. That explained why football was shown in the movie was acquitted of all blame in the match-fixing scandal in 2000.
Sanju on actor Sanjay Dutt’s life. Dutt’s life is dramatic: the son of two film icons, Nargis and Sunil Dutt, deal with drugs and toys with illegal weapons. On paper, this could have been an interesting exploration of a wrong character, an anti-hero, a real khalnayak. This is standard fare at the cinema. These could have been very interesting ingredients for a very interesting character exploration, an eligible young man’s descent into chaos and everything.