Sanjay Dutt is in courtesy after his biopic Sanju. In the film, Ranbir Kapoor had stepped into the shoes of Dutt. The film has smashed a number of box-office records since the day of its release, and is currently the 5th highest grossing film in India.
The film has put light on various aspects of Dutt’s life, including his relationship with his parents, his drug addiction, and also his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts and the jail term which followed.
Even though the film turned out to be a blockbuster, many people were of the opinion that Sanju is made only to correct Sanjay Dutt’s tainted imaged.
To this, Sanjay had earlier said, “Who will invest Rs 50 crore for a whitewash job? I told everything to the filmmakers and they decided to use what they wanted.” He also said that the idea of a biopic came from his wife Maanayata, and that she had spoken to the director when he was in jail.
In an interview, recounting the events of his life, Dutt said, “A gun destroyed my life.” He was convicted under the anti-terror law TADA for his alleged involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts after a gun was discovered from his house days after the blasts. The actor said, “I have paid a huge price for keeping a gun at my place.”In a statement, Dutt had said to the police that he had kept the gun to protect his family, as they were receiving threats from the people during Mumbai riots after Babri mosque demolition.
The terrorist charges were however repealed later, and the actor was then convicted under the Arms Act for which he served a long-term in the Yerwada jail. “I am not a terrorist, please read the confession. I was sentenced under the Arms Act. But I did not run away. I came back like a man and faced arrest,” Dutt said.
After the film’s release, there were also questions from the audience as to why many parts of the actor’s life did not even get a mention in the film, like about his earlier two marriages with Rhea Pillai and Richa Sharma, or his daughter Trishala.
To this, Sanjay said, “The number of women I had been was shared with the filmmakers. I did not tell the filmmakers what to keep and what not to keep.
I did not ask them to not include my life with Rhea, Richa or other women. The filmmakers selected the most important parts. Maybe some characters were left out because of the duration of the film.”
He added, “People have appreciated the film because of its honesty.”
Talking about his equation with his parents, he said that his mother Nargis had a profound impact on his life. He also said that his father Sunil Dutt was very strict and had high expectations from his son. “I wanted to settle abroad and sell steak. But my father came to the US and asked me to return,” he said.
Speaking on reports of a tiff between Sanjay’s sisters Namrata and Priya, and his wife Maanayata, the Munnabhai actor said, “I also want to put this on record that there is no difference between me and my sisters and both Namrata and Priya get along well with Maanayata.”>