Gangster bole toh? Apun ka Sanju Baba! If there’s one Bollywood actor who remains a hero despite playing a villain, it is Sanjay Dutt. The ‘bad boy’ of Hindi cinema has been entertaining audiences with his variety of performances. Over the years, he has impressed everyone with his action sequences, comic timing, and unparalleled bhaigiri. Just before Sanjay celebrates his birthday on 29th July, he has yet another movie in a gangster avatar coming up. This time it’s Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Saheb Biwi aur Gangster 3. So let’s have a look at his other movies where Sanju bhai wowed everyone.
Gangster is a rather positive term to describe Sanju’s character in Agneepath. Kancha, the monstrous drug baron portrayed by him, was a criminal of the highest grade. His look was scary enough to send shivers down people’s spines. Kancha’s screen presence overpowered the protagonist’s charisma. Hats off to Sanju and the film-makers who created such a haughty and hateful character!
Sanjay played Munna Bhai, a loveable gangster who brought smiles to the viewers’ faces. This unconventional goon showed his softer side with acts of kindness and generosity. The Munna Bhai series has changed the way people look at their heroes. They don’t need to be perfect in all spheres of life. Munna Bhai, a flawed man, won people’s hearts and was idolized by many. Jaadu ki jhappi and Gandhigiri have been trending since then!
Six handsome men, wrongfully accused of being criminals, gang up to rob a bank. Sanju, as Ajju, is an important cog in the wheel as he is the driving force behind the entire ‘thrill.’ His fine performance in the movie won him accolades and a nomination at the Filmfare Awards. Kaante was inspired by two Hollywood movies, but it managed to stand out and create its own mark.
Both Vaastav and its sequel Hathyar depicted the harsh realities of the underworld. The stories are based on a youngster (played by Sanju in both) who turns into a gangster by accident. The circumstances are such that they draw him deeper into the dark world of crime. In the end, justice is served. Vaastav was a game changer in Sanju’s career as it won him the Filmfare Award for the best actor.
This movie remains one of the most iconic films of the 90s. Sanju was also surrounded by controversies in his real life at this time, and so the viewers loved to hate him in Khalnayak. They wholeheartedly accepted him as Ballu, the emotionally-driven gangster. Ballu displayed everything in extremes – anger, passion, resentment, and vengeance. Fun fact: Based on public demand, film makers are considering a grand remake of Khalnayak.