In Sattar bhai, as with Munnabhai, actor Sanjay Dutt flowers as an actor and is the highpoint of the film. The film is eminently watchable and it makes more sense in a certain sort of way than some of the recent mindless comedies that have been flooding the box office... Sanjay Dutt has a role which is tailormade for him. It fits him to a tee and he flourishes in his portrayal of Sattar bhai. One would have loved to see this film as his first release, ahead of Kidnap, where he looks so disinterested. He is at ease and tries to infuse the character with some semblance of novelty. His dinner sequence with Urmila's character is quite outstanding, in the manner in which he plays it.
Watch it for Sanju's sake, who plays the lovable 'Bhai' with flourish... After a lacklustre performance in Kidnap, Sanju is in elements in EMI.
...Sanjay Dutt does his bit as the head of a loan recovery agency. He roams around with a bunch of cronies, one of them named Mumbai Central, (Snehal Dabi known for his role Chander in Satya) who are quite entertaining. Dutt is equally entertaining. Watch him as he romances Urmila in the romantic song, Aankhon Hi Aankhon Mein. Not bad for an actor touching 50.
But the film is not entirely a waste of time thanks to some really hilarious moments and good acting by Sanjay Dutt and his cronies and veteran actor, Kulbhushan Kharbanda... Amongst the hilarious sequences include, Dutt’s entry, his interactions with each of his loan defaulters, Dutt’s drinking session with his secretary, Rampal preparing Dutt for his first date with Urmila Matondkar and Dutt’s marketing strategy explanation to the bank’s Chairman.
Playing a good hearted bhai is something Dutt can claim a PhD on and he is a treat to watch.
Sanjay spices up the proceedings with his arrival in his own inimitable way.
Dutt in his nth role as a bhai with a heart of gold, essentially reprises his Munnabhai act... immensely likeable...
It is this innocence that actually endears you to Sattar the character and Dutt the actor, who pretty much holds the film together. But having seen him do the very same thing in the two Munnabhai films, it comes across as rather repetitive and frankly quite boring. However it must be confessed, Dutt manages to do a brilliant job out of his limited screen time.
Sanjay Dutt remains as solacing factor turning spotlights on him and it's a great comeback after wretched results of Kidnap.
Dutt slips back into a Munnabhai character as a bhai who has a change of heart and attempts to solve the defaulters’ problems while also ensuring debt collection. Dutt provides the most endearing moments and the limited laughs in the film.
To the positives, the sole reason to catch EMI at a theatre nearby is Sanjay Dutt. Apart from the brilliant Sanju Baba in his by now trademark Bhai role, the rest disappoint.
Sanjay Dutt is back in form and his character is like Munnabhai. No one could have played this character better than him. He is effortless as the good hearted Sattar Bhai. Finally a good performance after duds like Dus Kahaaniyaan and Kidnap. Everyone will love him. Memorable scenes include the one where Arjun cons Sanjay and later teaches him to be a thorough gentleman to impress Urmila. Then the scene where Joshi gets drunk while speaking to Dutt is very good along with Urmila and Sanjay's date... The movie is a breezy entertainer and you won't get bored at all. It is a welcome change from all the slapstick mindless comedies we have been subjected to. Go watch it for Arjun and Sanjay and have a good laugh. It's total timepass!