Few people will call Sanjay Dutt a very versatile actor but nobody can deny his penchant for delivering iconic performances. While he may be limited when it comes to his dialogue delivery, Sanju Baba has often reinvented himself with regards to the roles he performs. Over the years he has made us laugh, cry and often disgusted at his character, we bring you five times Sanjay Dutt reinvented himself on screen.
We start with the quintessential Sanjay Dutt gangster experience. His portrayal of a simple paav-bhaaji vendor growing into one of Mumbai’s most feared gangsters is something you should definitely not miss. Few people can pull off the role of a typical Mumbai gangster the way Sanju can.
Saajan saw Sanjay Dutt shed his bad-boy image to play an introverted poet who is also an orphan. Inspite of Sallu stealing the spotlight, Sanjay Dutt proved he could be something more than a gangster and ended up with the girl too.
Bollywood had almost forgotten Sanjay Dutt at one point. Gangster movies were no longer the rage and other younger stars had started claiming all the leading roles. In such a scenario, Sanjay Dutt delivered his career defining performance in the touching yet incredibly funny Munnabhai MBBS. This film and the sequel Lage Raho Munnabhai proved that our towering bad-boy could also be a lovable ‘bhai’ who preaches love and non-violence.
All The Best:
In the subsequent years Sanju baba made his foray into the regular comedy genre with a number of films. One movie that particularly stands out is All The Best in which he delivers this gem of a line - Comedy toh abhi abhi shuru ki hai beta ... action main tees saal se karta aa raha hoon.
Surprisingly late in his career, Sanjay Dutt proved exactly how versatile he could be by completely altering his look for the Marlon Brondoesque portrayal of Kancha Cheena in Agneepath. He went completely bald for the role and worked hard on developing and defining a unique body language for the mad dictator of Mandwa. His efforts silenced all the critics who claimed that Sanju had become complacent in his middle age.