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Sanjay Dutt
Also known as:Sanju Baba, Deadly Dutt
Occupation:Special Appearances • Actor • Producer • Voice Cast
Born:July 29, 1959
Birthplace:Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Spouse:Maanayata Dutt, Rhea Pillai, Richa Sharma Dutt
The son of iconic Indian actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis Dutt, Sanjay Dutt is known for the variety of roles he has played in movies like Khalnayak (1993), Vaastav: The Reality (1999), Munna Bhai MBBS (2003), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), and Agneepath (2012). His first on-screen appearance was as a child artist in his father`s film, Reshma Aur Shera (1972), after which, he made his Bollywood debut as the lead in Rocky (1981). The movie proved to be a good stepping stone for Dutt, faring considerably well at the box-office. Popularly referred to as Sanju Baba, he has won several awards in his career span of nearly four decades and has enjoyed great success in the industry. In 2012, he launched India`s first professionally organized martial arts league, The Super Fight League, along with entrepreneur Raj Kundra.

In an unfortunate incident in April 1993, Dutt was arrested under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act. He was convicted of illegal possession of armaments. In March, the Supreme Court upheld Dutt`s five-year sentence, 18 months of which he already spent in jail during the trial. He was released in early 2016.

The actor grew up very close to the film industry, being born to parents who were such an important part of Bollywood. He attended The Lawrence School, which is a private boarding school in Himachal Pradesh. Sanjay lost his mother, Nargis Dutt, just before the premiere of his debut film and this irreplaceable loss is often cited as the reason for his drug addiction.

Sanjay Dutt married actress Richa Sharma in the year 1987, who he met while he was in a rehab in the United States. Sanjay and Richa gave birth to a daughter Trishala in the year 1988. Shortly after her birth, Richa was diagnosed with brain tumor, she lost her fight against the tumor and died in the year 1996. After fighting for Trishala`s custody, Sanjay lost the battle and Trishala grew up with her grandparents in the US. In 1998, Sanjay got married to model Rhea Pillai. The nuptial lasted for over 7 years before they divorced in the year 2005. In the year 2008, Sanjay married Manyata in a private ceremony in Goa. Sanjay and Manyata are parents to twins Shahraan and Iqra.

He co-hosted the fifth season of the Indian reality show Bigg Boss along with Salman Khan. The show aired on Colors television from 2 October 2011 to 7 January 2012. Dutt later said it was Khan who persuaded him to co-host the show.

As an Actor
Dutt made his career debut with Rocky, opposite Tina Munim (1981). Following the good response his maiden movie got, he starred in Vidhaata (1982), which was a huge success, and one of the highest-grossing films of that year. He was then seen playing the role of a salesman in Inaam Dus Hazaar (1987), while his next film Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988) was the third highest grossing film that year. In the same year, he appeared in Mardon Wali Baat (1988), and IIaaka (1988), which weren`t as popular at the box office. He also starred in Kabzaa (1988) and Hathyar (1989), both the movies were well received by the audiences.

Since then, Dutt has dabbled with different themes and genres, ranging from comedy to romance. His most noteworthy performances have been in the movies Sadak (1991), Saajan (1992), Khalnayak (1993), and Dushman (1998). After his fateful imprisonment, he returned to the movies with Daud (1997) which was labeled a flop by the critics. In 1999, Sanjay Dutt bounced back and gave a heart-wrenching performance in Mahesh Manjrekar`s crime drama film Vaastav: The Reality. He bagged his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor, for his portrayal of Raghu.

The beginning of the 2000s saw Sanjay venture into the genre of comedy, alongside Govinda. Together, they did successful comedy movies like Haseena Maan Jaayegi (2000), Jodi No.1 (2001), Ek Aur Ek Gyarah (2003). His 2004 film Munna Bhai M. B. B. S. took his career to greater heights. The movie ended up winning the National Film Award for Best Popular Film, with Sanjay Dutt winning a Filmfare for Best Comedian. The sequel, Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), won four National Film Awards as well. Amidst this, he featured alongside Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan in Pradeep Sarkar`s romantic drama Parineeta, which earned him a Filmfare nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His portrayal of Kancha Cheena in Agneepath (2012) also won him many accolades. In 2014, Sanjay Dutt appeared in a supporting role in Rajkumar Hirani`s PK, which starred Aamir Khan in the lead role. He also appeared in the Omung Kumar action film Bhoomi (2017), before he starred in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster (2018). His upcoming projects include Prassthanam (2019), Panipat (2019), Sadak 2 (2020), and Shamshera (2020).

As a Producer
In the year 2001, Sanjay Dutt along with his friend and filmmaker Sanjay Gupta launched a production house White Feather Films, which has given many critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies like Kaante, Musafir, Plan, Zinda, Shootout At Lokhandwala and Dus Kahaniyan.
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Did You Know? (16)

  • Signed Shekhar Kapur`s Champion opposite Sunny Deol and Naam O Nishan opposite Sanjay Dutt in 1986/87 when she was 16.
  • Sanjay Dutt’s candidacy for elections in the year 2009 was rejected by the Supreme Court due to his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blast case.
  • There was a phase in Sanjay Dutt's younger days where he was struggling with drug addiction. Though he was admitted to a rehab centre in America, the actor fled the place and begged on the streets so that he could buy a bus ticket and go meet his friend.
  • Sanjay Dutt spent five months in jail for drug possession, in 1982. Sunil Dutt, his father, put him in a rehabilitation center in Texas, US.
  • Sanjay Dutt's favorite scene in the movie Vaastav: The Reality is the final one and it took two days to shoot.
  • Sanjay Dutt took inspiration from Al Pacino's performance in Scarface(1983) and tried to bring his character alive.
  • It is a lesser-known fact that Sanjay Dutt has musical talents; he can reportedly play Tabla really well. He also won a gold medal for being the best air guitarist at a concert in the US.
  • Sanjay Dutt was the first choice actor for director Subhash Ghai’s films Hero and Lamhe, however, he lost the roles due to his drug addiction problem.
  • Sanjay Dutt’s fans from Nigeria have given him a nickname, Dan Daba Mai Lasin, which literally means Hooligan With a License.
  • Bhoomi marks the comeback film for Sanjay Dutt after he completed his jail sentence in 2016. His last movie was Rajkumar Hirani's PK in 2014.
  • After working together in 1994 film Insaaf Apne Lahoo Se, Sanjay Dutt and Shekar Suman worked together in Bhoomi for the second time 23 years later.
  • The makers of the film Bhoomi planned to release the trailer of the film on 29th July 2017 on the day of Sanjay Dutt's 58th birthday. However, Sanjay Dutt pushed the trailer release to 10th August 2017, which marks the birthday of his daughter Trishala Dutt.
  • Sanjay Dutt starred in Sadak 2 in 1997, the sequel to the super hit 1991 movie of the same name. The film, which reprised the same cast as the first movie was however shelved.
  • As a child when Sanjay Dutt visited the sets of his dad Sunil Dutt's film Mujhe Jeene Do in 1963, the actor was kidnapped by a group of dacoits. He was later returned, unharmed the next day.
  • On the day of shooting the courtroom scene in the movie Bhoomi, which is one of the most important serious scenes, Sanjay Dutt was in a jovial mood, however, as the camera started rolling, he completed the six-page scene in a single take. After the scene was completed, the crew were left teary-eyed and were eagerly waiting for director Omung Kumar to say cut.
  • The role of the antagonist in Dhoom was first offered to Sanjay Dutt, but he had to opt out because of his busy schedule. It eventually went to John Abraham, proving to be the path-breaking role in his career.
  • Personal Quotes (6)

  • "I keep the bad-boy image just to make my fans happy."
  • "Your lineage and surname become irrelevant after your first film. Audiences do not care."
  • "As an actor, I've grown considerably. It's taken me years to get comfortable doing a romantic scene and dancing on stage in front of a live audience. I've really opened up a lot."
  • "I would never go into the 'Bigg Boss' house even in a hypothetical situation. I have been to jail, so if I were to be confined in that house, I'd get rattled."
  • "I work out like a maniac, three times more than anything I did in the past. I am off carbs, salt, sweets, and live on a fish diet. And I promise I am not going to indulge in food again. See, when I was 49 years old, I was fine, but the moment I touched 50, I felt that something within me had changed drastically. My metabolic rate dropped."
  • "It's fun playing the villain now and again. Villains are so simple, and you don't have to worry about the audience loving you."
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