Sanju has earned Rs 339.75 crore after a month of its release. It is now the fourth highest grossing film of all time. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh posted the figures on Twitter. He said, “#Sanju crosses *lifetime biz* of #TigerZindaHai… Now FOURTH HIGHEST GROSSING *Hindi* film… Chasing #PK *lifetime biz* now… [Week 5] Fri 45 lakhs, Sat 87 lakhs, Sun 1.15 cr. Total: ₹ 339.75 cr. India biz. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER.”
Sanju is that rare film that can still be watched in theatres after a month of its release. With other movies, people begin to wait for them to debut on TV or streaming services after a month of their release. But not Sanju. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani and starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sanju is a biopic of controversial actor Sanjay Dutt. In its remarkable run, this film has managed to survive even as new film releases have threatened to oust it from theatres.
The movie also stars Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala, Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Jim Sarbh.
Of course, Sanju may fade away pretty soon but it has already left a lasting impression. It is by far the highest grossing film of the year. It has also broken several other box office records, and perhaps at the end of its theatrical run, it will end up breaking many more.
#Sanju crosses *lifetime biz* of #TigerZindaHai… Now FOURTH HIGHEST GROSSING *Hindi* film… Chasing #PK *lifetime biz* now… [Week 5] Fri 45 lakhs, Sat 87 lakhs, Sun 1.15 cr. Total: ₹ 339.75 cr. India biz. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 30, 2018
Although Sanju has been criticised by some for watering down the finer details of Sanjay Dutt’s life and his conviction in the case of illegal possession of weapons, by and large, it has received positive reviews. Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta has praised the performances of Sanju’s cast in her review. She wrote, “Ranbir Kapoor is wholly believable as Sanjay-Sanju, channeling not just his (Dutt’s) distinctive body language and ‘lehja’, but his internal confusion. Paresh Rawal, playing Sunil Dutt with exemplary restraint, matches Kapoor step for step, even striding ahead in places. Manisha Koirala, as Nargis, makes you wish there was more of her. Jim Sarbh, as the guy-with-the-bad-influence, is very fine and dandy, and Vicky Kaushal as Sanju’s faithful New York-based Gujju friend who teaches him life lessons is absolutely terrific. And Hirani is in top form, getting all his reel characters to riff off the real characters, in the pursuit of a solid, entertaining tale.”