I am yet to feel completely free, says Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt may have walked out of jail last month after being in and out for the past 23 years but he says the feeling of freedom is yet to sink in.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:March 19, 2016 10:24 am
sanjay dutt, sanjay dutt news, sanjay dutt movies, sanjay dutt jail, sanjay dutt free, sanjay dutt jail news, sanjay dutt latest news, sanjay dutt upcoming movies, entertainment news Sanjay Dutt said, “I was in solitary confinement. It will take a bit longer for me to feel free. The feeling of freedom is yet to sink in. I have been in and out of jail for the last 23 years. There were so many restrictions, permissions to be take. I am getting used to live life like a free man. The feeling is yet to hit me.”

Sanjay Dutt may have walked out of jail last month after being in and out for the past 23 years but the Bollywood star says the feeling of freedom is yet to sink in.

The 56-year-old actor, who was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, served a 42-month sentence at Pune’s Yerwada jail.

He was released on February 25, 103 days ahead of his prison term.

“I was in solitary confinement. It will take a bit longer for me to feel free. The feeling of freedom is yet to sink in. I have been in and out of jail for the last 23 years. There were so many restrictions, permissions to be take. I am getting used to live life like a free man. The feeling is yet to hit me.

“They imprison you mentally more than physically. They tell you what to do and what not do in prison,” Dutt said at the India Today Conclave.

He said contrary to people’s perception he did not receive any special treatment during his jail term and was given the same food to eat and same clothes as any other inmate.

“I did not get any VIP treatment. In fact I was treated worse than normal inmates as everyone thought I was getting special treatment. The worse thing about jail was the food, it was terrible and not edible at all.”

The “Munnabhai” star said the sentence and the imprisonment always haunted him and his family. He assured that he loves his country and is a patriot.

“It has haunted me all these years. It has haunted my family and especially my father. I am a patriot, my family is a patriot. I cannot think of harming my country. It did affect me a lot. But I thank people that they didn’t lose their faith in me and believed in me,” he said.

The actor said his father actor-politician Sunil Dutt, believed in him and before he passed away he had told him that he was proud of his son.

“I don’t think I let my father down. He knew I was not a terrorist. Before he died he told me that he was proud of me.”

Dutt said other than the day the weapons were found in his house, he has no regrets about anything as he has learnt the valuable lesson of not being brash.

“I don’t have any regrets. I have learnt a lot in these years. It has taught me not to be brash. I have learnt to respect the law about our country and also have learnt about it. I think every citizen should know about the law of the country. But yes I do regret the day those weapons came into my house.”

The actor also opened up about his drug problem which he said began after the death of his mother, actress Nargis Dutt.

“I am quite a shy person in real life. I got into the habit of drugs after my mother died and then it became chronic. I have done every drug there is.

“My dad didn’t understand what was wrong with me, he is from Punjab. But then one day I couldn’t handle anymore and my dad took me to hospital. From there I went to a rehab in the US. And it has been 40 years since that incident and I haven’t looked back,” he said.

Dutt said he does not need drugs anymore as he gets his adrenaline rush from his work now.

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Talking about the underworld, he said everybody in Bollywood during that time was getting involved with the underworld in some way or the other. He said in his case it was more of a compulsion than a choice.

“In those times everyone from Bollywood was involved with the underworld. Everyone was getting calls, threats. I got the weapon from a producer not from the underworld,” he said.

Dutt said that the dark part of his life is over and he had left his part back in the Pune jail. “I have come out to begin a new life.”

He said it has been a hard road to freedom and had a piece of advice to give.

“Don’t take freedom for granted. People should value it. Because I know what it truly means in all these years of my life. Freedom is more important than anything in life.”

When asked if he would get into politics like his father, he said he will stay away from it and his main focus is on his family and his work.

Dutt said he wants to help jail reforms and people with drug abuse past. “I want to do something for them,” he said.

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    anObserver
    Mar 19, 2016 at 7:45 am
    Was Mr Sanjay Dutt really in jail all these years?
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      majid
      Mar 19, 2016 at 10:23 am
      Never say never. You are a free man. One love. We love you forever.
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        majid
        Mar 19, 2016 at 10:18 am
        No more suffering.God so good you are complete free man. Free forever. Freedom. You are a hero.
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          R.Mehta
          Apr 29, 2016 at 4:34 pm
          It is good that Sanjay Dutt is ultimately a free man after having served his sentence and is back home .After his release , he has addressed media and has been on TV and on being asked ,has shared his experiences of his term in jail , One thing which he has shared with media iis about the food served in jail,which as per him is not edible..Somebody in the Government or concerned authorities should take notice of what is said about food served to inmates and the same should be checked and if not found OK, in any of the jails ,then steps should be taken by authorities to take corrective measures in this regard.But for Sanjay Dutt ,this fact would not have come to notice of anybody. Now having known ,if some corrective measures are taken by authorities in this regard ,it will be one of the steps itowards prison reforms.
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            Mithu
            Mar 19, 2016 at 9:09 pm
            Unless the wheat dies it remains a wheat but if it dies it produces much crop. No experience of life is redundant in God's plan. Use your suffering now to heal and guide others. It will give more meaning and purpose to the lost life and present. Leave your past to God's mercy and accept your present in his loving grace. Praying for you.
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              Ravishanker Verma
              Mar 19, 2016 at 7:05 am
              Everyone requires sometime to adjust to new environment.You too would require that.
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