Sanju, featuring Ranbir Kapoor as Bollywood’s original wild child Sanjay Dutt, has entered the Rs 100 crore club in just three days of its release. The Rajkumar Hirani- directorial, opened to a massive Rs 34.75 crore and beat Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez-starrer Race 3 to become the highest opener of the year so far. The movie collected Rs 38.60 crore on its second day and earned Rs 46.71 crore on Sunday, taking its opening weekend collection to around Rs 120.06 crore.
#Sanju sets the BO on 🔥🔥🔥… Gets #JaaduKiJhappi from the audience… Collects ₹ 46.71 cr on Sun, MIND-BOGGLING… Has an EXCEPTIONAL ₹ 💯 cr+ opng weekend… Emerges HIGHEST OPENING WEEKEND of 2018… Fri 34.75 cr, Sat 38.60 cr, Sun 46.71 cr. Total: ₹ 120.06 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 2, 2018
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju has become the seventh film to enter the Rs 100-crore club this year after Padmaavat, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Raid, Baaghi 2, Raazi and Race 3. The film has turned out to be a gamechanger for Ranbir Kapoor as his last movie Jagga Jasoos failed to create magic at the box office. Looking at the pace of the film, Sanju will soon lead the pack in the Rs 150 crore club as well.
In an interview, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra said that he was “foolish” to have dismissed Ranbir initially. He said “When Raju came to me, I said, ‘How can Ranbir do this?’ I’m telling you now that when I see the film, one of the things that really moves me is his performance. He is just outstanding. And I’ve worked with too many actors to be able to say that.”
In his review for NDTV, film critic Saibal Chatterjee gave Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju 4 stars out of 5. “Ranbir Kapoor, slipping into the skin of the troubled Bollywood star, pulls out the stops in astonishingly effective ways, subsuming his own personality completely into that of the protagonist. The director is on the top of his game and the actor frequently soars to dizzying heights. Sanju, as a result, is an entertainer that delivers more than just the superficial goods that one expects from a mass entertainer. It sets a new benchmark for Bollywood biopics. It will be a hard act to follow,” he wrote.
Sanju is a biopic made on Bollywood star’s Sanjay Dutt’s life and stars Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt. It also has an impressive cast of Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Dia Mirza, Vicky Kaushal and Jim Sarbh. The film hit the screens on Friday, June 29.