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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Monday, January 08, 2007
Behind every successful man is a woman. Sanjay Dutt is probably a believer of that phrase. He's turned over a new leaf and the woman responsible for that is his mysterious new ladylove, the 30- plus Manyata. We got a glimpse of Mana, as she is called by close friends, at the Star Screen Awards on Saturday evening when Sanju protectively escorted her around the MMRDA Grounds.
Says a source close to Sanjay, "This the first time Sanjay has stepped out with Mana in public. She has been a tremendous source of strength and support for Sanjay ever since they started dating.
Mana supervises his diet, makes sure he eats on time and can take credit for disciplining his life. She is an independent, successful woman and runs her own textile business. Sanju is very serious about her."
The source adds that they've been dating for nearly four months now. "These past few months, Sanjay has been in seventh heaven," reveals the source. "Ever since Mana entered his life, his friends have stopped visiting his home at all hours of the day and night.
Sanju's home is not an open house any longer. Besides, some really close friends like Nitin Manmohan, Sanjay Gupta, etc, you won't find any hangers-on around at his Bandra flat now. Mana makes sure Sanjay wakes up early and works out regularly."
Recently, rumours were rife that Sanju was still seeing Nadia Durrani and had even proposed marriage. But the source says, "Sanjay broke up with Nadia a year ago, but their relationship had been falling apart long before that.
It's rubbish that he proposed to her at a disco. He's very serious about Mana. They spend every minute they can together. Don't be surprised if Sanjay calls out of the blue and tells you that they've gotten married. He's so serious that he actually introduces her to friends as his wife."
No more baggage
The source adds that Mana has been responsible for more than just physical and emotional changes in Sanjay.
Says the source, "A lot of riff-raff has been thrown out of Sanjay's life thanks to Mana.
Many people have taken advantage of Sanju's goodness and borrowed money from him and never paid back. Mana put Kaleem (Sanju's manager) on the job, and today all that money has come back to him. Sanju is happy and at peace with himself now.
He never settled down completely with Rhea (Pillai) as his court case was constantly hovering over his head like the sword of Damocles. This is the first time he has settled comfortably in a relationship."
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