The Hush Post: Sanjay Dutt’s life has been an open book. The man who has undergone so much in life, is synonymous with controversy and tragedy and also with kindness and magnanimity. His life is a thriller, a potboiler. And now Raj Kumar Hirani is in the middle of a movie on Dutt –Sanju.
Back home, Sanjay Dutt is cherishing his life and remembering the days gone by.
After his absence from the media glare for a long time, he shed some light on his experiences to a newspaper.
Dutt appreciated the efforts made by his wife Manyata Dutt to keep him connected with his near and dear ones.
“I don’t know if I’d have done as much. She’s made me realise how important a wife is. She’s given me a home, two beautiful children, stayed strong and helped me stay strong.”
Kids weren’t allowed to meet him. It was a conscious decision. “For now they are happy to have me back, papa se darr nahin lagta, he’s not a disciplinarian. He only wants them to grow up to be good human beings.”
Dutt said, after feeling the frustration and anger inside the jail he turned towards positive things. “I read the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana and the Puranas, used buckets and clothes lines to work out, learnt Marathi and how to make paper bags.”
He said that when he was accused under TADA, he didn’t know the word and the abbreviation. “Had I known I would have questioned it.”
“In weak moments, I’d recall my parents teaching me to love the country and all religions. Today after coming out of jail, I realise people respect me because I didn’t run away. I served my sentence like a man and came out like a man, with dignity.”
About being given paroles too often, he justifies: Everyone is allowed paroles after a certain period of time. “I’d served out 18 months of the sentence earlier so I was entitled to furlough six months into my term this time. Every day hundreds of prisoners come out on parole and hundreds go back in, no one talks about them. Stardom is a double-edged sword. Anyway, I faced it all and finished it off.”
Producer-director Hirani took Sanjay Dutt’s first shot the moment he stepped out of the jail. “I was in a daze. I don’t know what we shot, I don’t even know if I’m in the film,” I’m told they’ll start in December. The dates are sorted but Raju is still writing. He has 900 hours of recorded conversations with me from which he has to cull out a two-and-a-half-hour film. He doesn’t want me to hear it till the first draft is ready. He should give me a narration in 15-20 days.”
At present, Hirani is working on Sanjay Dutt’s biopic, whereas Sanjay Dutt is working on his upcoming movies, which includes Hindi remake of Mahesh Manjrekar’s Marathi film De Dhakka.