Sanjay Dutt's career is one of Bollywood's cautionary tales, in my opinion... in his early films you can really see a definite screen presence and raw talent that evokes memories of his ultra-talented parents, Nargis and Sunil Dutt. Nargis in particular, was by any standards one of Hindi cinema's finest actors of all time. Watching his earlier films ('Naam' is one of them), I always feel that Sanjay could have had a great career, maybe not one that rivalled his parents' careers, but a great one nonetheless, if only he hadn't veered into the lifestyle that stole some of what could have been his best years. Now, he seems somewhat washed up and rather the worse for wear, and although he continues to work in Hindi films, his output now is mixed at best (and mediocre at worst).
Anyway, back to 'Naam' - as I said, Sanjay had tremendous screen presence in his earlier films, and this one is no exception. Oozing masculine, raw physicality, he plays the bad boy beautifully in this film - your heart aches for him even as you watch him go down a self-destructive path. His scenes with the unforgettable Nutan are so compelling - he holds his own opposite her, which is hard to do... Nutan was such a consummate actor. Kumar Gaurav does a good job as Dutt's foil in this movie... he could have had a better career, one feels, if he wasn't typecast so early in it. All told, this is a good Bollywood movie from the 80s (and there are precious few good Bollywood movies from the 80s, in my opinion) - what elevates it from the throng is Nutan's amazing acting (as always, restrained, graceful but powerful and evocative), combined with Sanjay Dutt's intensity and raw talent.