Bollywood biopic Sanju– based on the life of actor Sanjay Dutt, has created history by crossing the Rs 200 crore mark in the first week itself. The movie earned Rs 202.51 crore, surpassing the first-week earnings of Dangal, Sultan, Baahubali 2 and Tiger Zinda Hai. Rajkumar Hirani has made a name for himself by making commercial, feel-good films and even Sanju, a biopic of an actor (Sanjay Dutt, a close friend of Hirani) with more than a few dark aspects to his life, has been hailed as a bright, funny cinematic experience. If there is something that is common with every Hirani film, it is that all of them are huge successes and break several box office records. Sanju, that stars Ranbir Kapoor in the titular role, has so far grossed Rs 237.43 crore.
Sanju – which hit the big screens on June 29 – rocked the Box Office by earning a whopping Rs 120.06 crore on the opening weekend. Written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju stars Ranbir as Sanjay Dutt, along with Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal, Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Jim Sarbh and Anushka Sharma in pivotal roles. Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju revolves around the turbulent life of Bollywood’s Baba, Sanjay Dutt. From his drug addiction to the illegal possession of guns case, the movie tries to decode the life of Sanjay Dutt.
However, Hirani has been criticised for whitewashing Sanjay Dutt’s actions and Sanju has been called a propaganda movie, which the makers have vehemently denied. The Kapoor scion can finally breathe a sigh of relief given Bombay Velvet, Jagga Jasoos, and Besharam had completely collapsed at the box office and things were looking a bit grim. Not only has he delivered a blockbuster this time around, his performance is also being touted as his career-best till now.