rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Movies » Sanjay Dutt's Top 10 Performances

Sanjay Dutt's Top 10 Performances

Last updated on: January 30, 2012 11:41 IST

Sanjay Dutt's Top 10 Performances

     Next

Next
Raja Sen in Mumbai

Sanjay Dutt is back in fine form with his version of the menacing Kancha Cheena in Agneepath. Here's looking at the actor's best performances so far.

H
e's taking over the country's screens right now as the monstrous villain in the new Agneepath, but Sanjay Dutt's been around awhile.

Here, then, is my list of his 10 best performances:

10. Eklavya

Pot-bellied, out of shape and seemingly corrupt, Dutt's Inspector Pannalal Chohaar showed us a different side of the actor, one unafraid to give up the glamour and enter the character's skin.

Hats off to director Vidhu Vinod Chopra for making it happen.


Image: A scene from Eklavya


     Next

9. Sadak

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Mahesh Bhatt was a director who used Dutt well, always exploiting his lean, hungry look, his sleep-deprived eyes, his junkie swagger.

In Sadak, a strange but effective Taxi Driver rip-off, Dutt played Ravi, a cabbie who falls in love with a prostitute.


Image: A scene from Sadak


Prev     Next

8. Haseena Maan Jaayegi

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Dutt's action roots were always strong, but the actor showed genuine comic spontaneity in this David Dhawan caper, the first of several where he went toe-to-toe with funnyman Govinda and more than held his own.


Image: A scene from Haseena Maan Jaayegi


Prev     Next

7. Mission Kashmir

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

In this Vinod Chopra film, Dutt played Inayat Khan, a tough cop dealing with terrorism and familial baggage, having lost a young son in a tragic accident.

A subtle performance with an appropriately stiff upper lip, Dutt did very well in the film, stealing leading man Hrithik Roshan's thunder.


Image: A scene from Mission Kashmir


Prev     Next

6. Saajan

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

This Lawrence D'Souza romance saw Dutt play a limping orphan, an introverted poet hiding behind the bluster of his friend, Salman Khan.

Khan had the role of the charmer but it was Dutt, uncharacteristically quiet and sober, who walked away with the girl (Madhuri Dixit) and the applause.


Image: A scene from Saajan


Prev     Next

5. Naam

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

This Mahesh Bhatt hit saw Dutt frequently getting into trouble with the law, a youngster gone astray and eventually forced to work for a smuggler.

Dutt did very well to convey both boyish cocksureness and, later, helplessness as he descended into crime.


Image: A scene from Naam

Tags:

Prev     Next

4. Khalnayak

Prev     Next
Prev

Next
This Subhash Ghai film sees Dutt at his most charismatic, playing an outrageous -- but frequently frightening -- villain called Ballu, a gangster who enjoys gamesmanship.

Equal parts terrifying and amusing, Dutt showed mammoth screen presence in the film.

Image: A scene from Khalnayak

Tags: Ballu , Dutt , Ghai

Prev     Next

Vaastav

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Apparently based on the early life of Chhota Rajan, this Mahesh Manjrekar film saw Dutt at his most intense.

In a role that took him from a smiling pav bhaji seller to one of Mumbai's most feared gangsters, Dutt displayed conviction and range in one of his best performances.


Image: A scene from Vaastav


Prev     Next

2. Lage Raho Munna Bhai

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

How do gangsters fall in love?

Rajkumar Hirani's masterpiece saw Sanjay Dutt's Munna flounder for answers as he learnt about Gandhi, started speaking with the father of the nation, and tried to woo a radio jockey with all his heart.

It's a performance solid enough to keep us smiling, sometimes even with moistened eyes.


Image: A scene from Lage Raho Munna Bhai


Prev     Next

1. Munnabhai MBBS

Prev     More
Prev

More

While Hirani's sequel might have been the better film per se, Dutt struck gold in the original.

A lovable gangster soaked in optimism who doles out magic hugs?

It's a preposterously tall order, but Dutt, at the height of his abilities, made it work -- and made it look effortless.

Click here for Rediff Realtime News!


Image: A scene from Munnabhai MBBS


Prev     More