As I was under the weather today, I left office early and took an evening nap. By the time I woke I was feeling a tad better, but still not up to my spirits. So when my fiance suggested that we should watch “To Hell & Back,” – (Documentary Link at the end of the post) an old forgotten BBC Documentary on Sanjay Dutt, I felt an instinctive urge to say no. Also we had recently seen the latest movie “Sanju” (find the review here) and it had left a bitter taste in my mouth.
The movie “Sanju” was a disappointment to me. It failed to capture the turmoil of one of the royal Bollywood family.
A woman who succumbed to cancer, three days before she could watch her son launch into a stardom. A man who mesmerised Bollywood with his charm. And later with his passionate hard work for the country as a politician. A son who got succumbed to the glitz and glamour of the industry and found himself grappling with the drugs and terrorists. Movie missed out on doing justice to these aspects.
The movie could have been pathbreaking by peering into the layers beneath layers of the story that this family has lived. But alas, the movie was turned into a circus which barely touched the real story. turning the movie into a propaganda of putting forth Sanjay Dutt’s plea to absolve him of the tag of Terrorist.
But as I had nothing better to do, (and I was too tired to argue against) I agreed to sit with her half-heartedly. I was sure that I would not like the documentary.
But I was wrong. The documentary To Hell and Back is too good.
But half a minute into the documentary I was totally immersed in the story. So much that I was shushing her down if she happened to interrupt me for a snack or anything else. The documentary jumps right into the heart of the matter. About drugs and Sanjay’s link with terrorism. And narrated by the father-son duo in a way that will leave you touched.
The documentary is an uncensored and raw sneak-peek into the lives of the father-son duo as Sanjay Dutt finds himself in the middle of the Stardom, drug addiction and a notoriety of being associated with terrorism. A tag which haunts Sanjay Dutt till date.
The conversation is candid, the words that touch the heart. And in such a short time I could easily connect with the story.
Sanjay Dutt is unlike the way we are used to seeing him in recent times. He is raw in his confessions. A young man who has seen it all. He is a star but he is not in awe of himself. So when he talks, he talks from the heart. Without the looming shadow of what he is. “I live wild,” he says, “just like everyone. Everyone has their wild side. There is an age for it. I’m no different.”
And through this displaying at once his I-don’t-give-a-damn attitude and also the low of spending time in a prison. In half an hour the documentary reveals so much that two and half hour of the movie couldn’t. Don’t miss it.
Watch the story in the link below. (Also read the review of the latest movie – Sanju)
Also published on Medium.