4 Lessons to Take from Rajkumar Hirani’s “Sanju”

Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘ Sanju ’ became one of the massive hits from Bollywood. Besides that, it also helped both Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt to elevate their film career.

Although the film gained appreciations from all quarters, it was also criticized for not showing all the aspects of the actor’s life. The film focused mainly on the father-son relationship between Sanjay and Sunil Dutt, and how his friends influenced his life.

Henceforth, the film showcased everyday life, which every person experiences in life – actor or non-actor.  


But here are some very
important lessons that Hirani’s movie taught us 🙂

You can pick yourself up, even after falling

Due to his drug addiction, “Sanjay Dutt’ was sent to rehab. But, he started to pick himself up. However, the withdrawal symptoms became too painful, and his body craved drugs.

sanju as a begger

As a result, he ran away from rehab. During his time away, he begged on the streets to reach New York to his friend who could lend him money for drugs. And when he finally reached, he found his father there who got him back into the rehab. After this time though, Sanju was determined to make it through.

Invest in yourself if you need to

After coming back from rehab, Sanju hit the gym with a vengeance. He poured all his anger, frustration and insecurities into lifting weights, and no longer sought peace or comfort in drugs.

He started working on improving his acting skills and picked roles that suited his image and helped him in building on his strengths.

sanju with a guitar

A key turning point in his acting career was when he signed up for the role of “Munnabhai MBBS” with father Sunil Dutt which he played effortlessly.

Your time will definitely come if you are right

Sanju was labeled as a terrorist by the media, under the TADA act for possessing an AK 56 rifle in connection with Mumbai blasts.

A lawyer advised him to accept the charges and turn as an approver, in exchange for which the lawyer can get him released. After this, he should run from India and live abroad.


Sanju refused to do it. As a consequence, he was sentenced to prison for 5 years for possession of arms. But, Supreme Court also removed the label of terrorist from him mentioning that, owning of arms doesn’t make him a terrorist. Hence, he served his time and was released later.

Had he ran from the country, he wouldn’t have been able to remove the tag of a terrorist that he was labelled with.

Depression is not the end of your life

His career and personal life had many ups and downs. In fact, he didn’t even remember the last moments of his mother’s life. His girlfriend ended up marrying someone else. All of this happened because of his drug addiction.

When Sanju was in depression and became a drug addict, he went to his father and asked for his help. Sunil Dutt admitted him to rehab, which occupied nearly one and a half year of his life to overcome the problem of drugs.

The movie was brutally harsh as it spoke of a broken childhood, drug abuse, the effect of bad company, imprisonment and also some consequences of a bad mental health (taking drugs in stress and it’s after effects).

Sanju teaches us important lessons which are really needed today.

Sometimes we may come under bad influences by circumstance, or do something wrong. But we can always come out of it and become a better person, even becoming an inspiration too 😉

Well, overcoming challenges always makes us a better person. At AIESEC we also believe that great things come out from our comforts zone. Therefore, we provide opportunities that put people into a challenging environment to bring out the best in them 🙂

What are the lessons that you learned from Sanju? Do let us know in the comments section below!

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Anisha Bhawanani is graduated in Marketing and Finance and loves writing. She is a happy go lucky girl with a head full of dreams, very passionate about traveling and exploring different cultures. One day she wants to win a man booker prize.

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