Sanjay Dutt’s journey has been a long one so it isn’t surprising that he is revisiting the theme of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in his upcoming film Lamhaa [Watch Teaser], after the 2000-film, Mission Kashmir. A troubled state and a troubled star. But Sanjay Dutt is long past that and even at 50, he’s still the baba of the industry.
The actor credits his late father Sunil Dutt for imbibing humility, “My father had told me that no matter how big you are, you have to be humble. He used to say, ‘Always keep your feet firmly on the ground.’ When you are down, people will treat you the way you treated them when you were up. The more humble you are, the more they will help you rise to the top.”
“When in Jail I never thought of films; I just wanted to get out.”
These lessons have helped Sanjay Dutt in the darkest hours, “When I was in jail for more than two-and-half years, I never thought of films; I just wanted to get out. I just wanted all the humiliation for my family to get over. It’s only the blessings and love of the people from the industry that has got me through.”
From friends, the talk veers to Sanjay Gupta. Their friendship and gradual split is well talked about in filmy circles. This too, is water under the bridge for Sanju baba, “Nothing went wrong; he’s a fantastic technician and he has given some great movies. I just think that he shouldn’t have used my name too much. As a person, you have to make your own individual relationships. I have worked really hard on my relationships over the years and he was ruining them. I told him not to, but…” he shrugs.
By Koimoi Team