Sanjay Dutt was controversy's favourite child and his life story makes up for a perfect potboiler on the big screen. No wonder, Rajkumar Hirani is making a biopic on him with Ranbir Kapoor stepping into his shoes. A lot of speculations have already started doing the rounds as to which aspects from his life would make it to the celluloid.
While everyone is busy raving about the recently leaked look of
Ranbir as Sanju, we dug a bit deep and came across an old
interview of Sanjay Dutt from the Movie Magazine. Dating back to
October 1993, it was the time when the actor was released for
a short period from the jail.
Sanju was now changed man. In his words, "This experience has
mellowed me down. It's really matured me. I used to be a very
outgoing sort of person. But now, I don't like meeting people
anymore. I've become cautious of the people I meet. I like to be at
home, do my workouts, be with my family. The few friends that I
have all come home."
In a holds no barred conversation on the sets of 'Mahaanta', the
actor opened up about his misfortune, his go-nowhere affair with
Madhuri Dixit, Khalnayak and more.
'At Times, I Used To Look Out And See People On The Roads Walking And Envy Their Freedom'
"Initially, I was at Crawford Market lock-up. I was on the third
floor. There was not enough light and very little cross
ventilation. I couldn't see anything but tree tops and a
few buildings. Outside I could hear people's voices and cars
honking. My mind kept ticking with tension. Yes, I was in
isolation. Sometimes, I was allowed to come out. At those times, I
used to look out and see people on the roads walking and envy their
freedom. I realized the value of being free.
Yes, I did make friends with some havaldars. They were very nice
people. I slept on the ground. The cell wasn't anything special. I
read somewhere that I had an air-conditioner installed for my
comfort. All bullshit. I was allowed food from home but I didn't
feel hungry. My family came to meet me- my sisters, Bunty. Mahesh
Bhatt accompanied dad once.
My voice was choked most of the time and it was very difficult
to see my sisters trying hard to be cheerful and putting up a brave
and optimistic front.
I was confident they would let me out till May 3. But when my
bail was not granted and I was shifted to Thane jail, I thought I
was gone in for a long time now. I accepted it. I thought if I am
going to be here for a long time I might as well learn something.
There were departments like carpentry etc. So, I thought I would do
carpentry. And I would write."
'The Kind Of Allegations Put On Me Were Very Serious...Like I Was A Traitor'
Sanjay had added, "My attitude was that it's better I read the
papers and face the situations. I also like to face a situation
squarely in the face, Intially, the vernacular press jammed me.
Eventually, they came already. The kind of allegations put on me
were very serious...like I was a traitor. But what was reassuring
was the kind of letters I received from people saying that they
believed I was innocent. Also the fact that people were
praying for me.
I have started admiring father. I don't think I can ever be the
kind of dad he's been. He's been through pains and agonies and yet
he comes out winner. Somewhere down the line any person would have
broken down. It's remarkable he hasn't. When I was released from
jail he just said, 'Pull yourself together. No more. This is the
'For Days On End I Could Hear The Clanging Of The Jail Doors'
Opening up about the traumatic experience, Sanjay had said, "For
the first 15 days after coming out, I couldn't sleep. After
sleeping on the ground it was difficult to sleep on a bed. For days
on end I could hear the clanging of the jail doors. There were four
cells before my jail cell and I kept hearing the doors
'I Considered The Industry Was My Family & Thought I Was Their Son But They Just Dropped Me'
"I was very hurt. If a colleague of mine had been in a similar
situation I would have raised a hue and cry and generated some kind
of support to see that some questions are answered. I considered
the industry as my family. I thought I was their son but they just
dropped me. I was quite shocked and then I realised that finally
you are ALONE. I won't fight for anybody besides myself now. I did
it once.. the Press has always been nice to me, but when the
industry decided to ban certain magazines, I supported them. No
more. No more doing films for friends, no more going out of the way
to help anybody. On second thoughts except for a few of
Number one Shatrughan Sinha. He has done so much for me when I
was in jail. I don't know how I will ever repay him. He is BJP, but
he didn't care. He went against the party and supported my dad and
me. That's what I call a man. He took the initiative and then the
other people in the industry woke up. For me he is God. What I
liked about him is that he'll fight for the truth. He believed I
was innocent so he spoke his mind. Shatru, Dilip Kumar..they will
always stand by my father. Yash Johar, Mahesh Bhatt, Afazal, Robin
Bhatt, Subhash Ghai..."
'I Wish I Had A Scene Going On With Madhuri. But I Don't'
Sanjay Dutt's torrid affair with Madhuri Dixit was a hot topic
back in the 90s. Unfortunately, the actor's TADA arrest took their
rumoured relationship to an unfortunate end.
However, back then Madhuri Dixit categorically in an
interview had denied being involved with Sanjay Dutt. When the
actor was asked about it, he said, "I didn't get affected by her
statement. I have been her colleague and I have done a lot of films
with her. See, I need to establish a proper rapport with all my
co-stars, it may be Madhuri or Sridevi. For instance, during the
first few days of Gumraah I wasn't comfortable because you know how
Sridevi is. She is aloof and I had to get talking to her. So what
Madhuri said didn't bother me that much, in fact it didn't bother
me at all."
Talking about establishing a rapport with Madhuri, he said, "She
was friendly from day one because she was not Madhuri- the star
when I first worked with her.
When quizzed further if he implied he had nothing to do with
her, the actor quipped a 'yes' and quickly added, "I wish I had a
scene going on with Madhuri. But I don't! He further said, "Look I
get friendly to every co-star of mine. If you see me with Raveena
Tandon, you will feel I am having an affair with her too."
'I Went Up To Madhuri And Said Sorry To Her'
In the same interview, Sanjay revealed how the story of his
alleged liason with Madhuri broke out. He said, "This story broke
out around the time of Saajan. In fact when the story broke out in
the press, she was shooting for Khel in Kenya. So, when we had a
schedule of Saajan after that, I went up and said sorry to her.
Because she was under public scrutiny for no fault of her. She took
'There Has To Be Something Between Us For Me To Marry Madhuri'
Back then, Subhash Ghai in an interview had spoken about the
Madhuri-Sanjay story with great authority. When Sanjay was told
about it he hit back, "He knows me very well, no doubt, but not
that well enough to know what's going on in my mind. But why should
the press ask Subhash Ghai the questions pertaining to my personal
life in the first place."
Further when told that Ghai in that same interview had asserted
that he is 100 percent sure that Sanjay will not marry Madhuri, the
actor said, "There has to be something on between us for me to
'I Don't Think I Would Have Done Jackie's Role In Khalnayak If He Was Playing The Title Role'
Sanjay Dutt's Khalnayak act continues to hold a special
place in our hearts even after so many years. But do you know that
the actor was quite clear that he would have never taken up this
film if the titular role was offered to his co-star Jackie
Sanjay had said, "Jaggu is a great friend of mine. We have
shared some very good moments together. Some very good laughs. So
in life, I can do anything for him. But I don't think I would have
done Jackie's role in Khalnayak if he was playing the title role. I
don't mix professional with personal. "
Now, that's quite some startling revelations!