Sanjay Dutt – On the wrong side of the law

He is known for several altercations with the law as well as drug addiction in early years.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2013 9:14:16 am

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is the son of late film actors Sunil and Nargis Dutt. He made his Bollywood debut in 1981 with superhit Rocky. His mother Nargis Dutt died three days before the film’s premiere in May 1981.

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Sanjay Dutt is known for several altercations with the law as well as drug addiction in his early years. His first brush with law began in 1982 when he spent five months in jail after being caught in possession of illegal substances. After his release,he spent two years in the United States and reports say that he spent much of his time in a rehab clinic in Texas before returning to India.

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Sanjay Dutt began his career as a child actor in his father’s film Reshma Aur Shera (1972). And almost 10 years later,Sanjay made his Bollywood debut as an adult actor with Rocky . After Rocky,Sanjay was seen in Vidhaata with veterans Dilip Kumar and Shammi Kapoor,which was the highest grossing Hindi film of 1982.

He took a three-year long break and in 1985 shot for Jaan Ki Baazi. From then on,he was seen in action films like Main Awara Hoon (1983),Jeeva (1986),Mera Haque (1986),Immandaar,Inaam Dus Hazaar (1987),Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1987),Mardon Wali Baat (1988),Ilaaka (1989),Hum Bhi Insaan Hain (1989),Kanoon Apna Apna (1989),and Taaqatwar (1989).

With the release of Naam in 1986,Sanjay Dutt received critical acclaim for his performance. Next came Mahesh Bhatt’s Kabzaa and J. P. Dutta’s Hathyar in 1989.

In the late 80s he was seen in a number of films with actors like Govinda,Mithun,Dharmendra and Jackie Shroff.

He continued to deliver hits in the early 1990s with films like Tejaa,Khatarnak,Zahreelay,Thanedaar,Khoon Ka Karz,Yalgaar,Gumrah,Sahibaan and Aatish: Feel the Fire.

He was also seen in few era-defining films of the 90s such as Sadak,Saajan and Khalnayak,for which he earned his second Filmfare Best Actor Award nomination.

But three weeks before the release of Khalnayak in April 1993,he was arrested in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

Sanjay Dutt was imprisoned for most of the next four years and was finally released on bail in late 1997.

Post release,he made a comeback on the silver screen with director Ram Gopal Varma’s Daud and was next seen in a supporting role in Dushman opposite Kajol in 1998.

In the year 1999,Sanjay Dutt impressed critics and fans alike with his performance of a mafia don in Vaastav: The Reality. He also bagged his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for the role.

Next up was Mission Kashmir in 2000,which won him critical acclaim and a number of awards and nominations.

But Sanjay Dutt won everyone’s heart with his performance as a loveable gangster in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.,which also made him win many awards.

Later he was seen in successful films like Musafir (2004),Parineeta (2005) and Dus. He also won critical acclaim for his performances in Shabd and Zinda.

Next came,Lage Raho Munna Bhai in 2006 for which he received a number of awards along with an award from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The law,however,caught up with the actor on July 31,2007. Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment for illegally possessing weapons in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. In a relief,he was cleared of terrorism conspiracy charges in the blasts.

Sanjay Dutt was taken into custody and sent to Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail. He was then shifted to the Yerwada Central Jail in Pune. On August 7,2007,Sanjay Dutt appealed against the sentence and was granted bail by the Supreme Court on August 20. He was released from jail on 23 August.

But he was again sent to jail in October 2007 and Dutt applied for bail again on November 27,2007. He was granted bail by the Supreme Court. He will be going back to jail on May 16,2012 to serve his pending three-and-half years of imprisonment.

Following his father’s footsteps,who was a member of the Congress party,Sanjay Dutt also tired his hands at politics.

In January 2009,he announced that he would contest the 2009 Lok Sabha elections on the Samajwadi Party ticket. However,he withdrew his candidacy after the Supreme Court refused to suspend his conviction. The party instead named him the General Secretary. But he resigned from the post in 2010 following many controversies.

On the personal front,Sanjay Dutt has been married thrice.

He tied the knot with actress Richa Sharma in 1987. But she died nine years later due to brain tumour. The couple has a daughter Trishala,who is living with her maternal granparents in the US. He later married model Rhea Pillai in 1998 but they divorced in 2005. He is now married to Maanyata and they have twins Iqra and Shahraan,who were born in 2010.

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