Sanjay Dutt born on 29th July, 1959 is an Indian actor the son of legendary actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis Dutt. Sanjay Dutt’s both parents were notable cinema personalities. His parents met on the sets of ‘Mother India’, an Oscar nominated film and got married in 1958.
Affectionately called ‘Sanju Baba’, Sanjay Dutt attended the Lawrence Boarding School Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh. He left his education at Elphinstone College midway to join the Indian film industry. His father Sunil Dutt insisted him on taking rigorous acting lessons before finally launching him in 1981 released ‘Rocky’. Sanjay’s mother passed away due to her ailment with pancreatic cancer just five days before the release of ‘Rocky’. The film could not be a commercial success, though Sanjay Dutt was noticed and offered a few more films.
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Addiction to drugs and the death of his mother totally shattered him, he decided to start his life afresh and was sent to a rehab center in Jackson, Mississippi by his father Sunil Dutt. After the long term therapy he returned to the film industry where he was already written off due to his poor performances and addiction to drugs. So when he came back with a changed attitude and vigor, he was welcomed by the industry. His next film ‘Naam’ directed by Mahesh Bhatt became a smash hit and triggered off his career.
Sanjay Dutt suffered a serious lung collapse as a result of his drug consumption and rigorous workouts, so he was not allowed to do any kind of physical exertion for a few months. Sanjay got married to Richa Sharma in 1987 in New York. The couple was blessed with a daughter named Trishala in 1988 who currently stays with Richa’s parents in New York. Despite long-termed chemotherapy, Richa died in 1996 due to terminal brain tumor.
The early 1990s turned out to be the peak of his career with blockbuster hits like’Saajan’, ‘Thanedaar’, ‘Khalnayak’, ‘Sadak’, ‘Aatish’ etc. In the year 1993, Sanjay was arrested on the charges og illegal weapon ossession and connections with terrorists under TADA- Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act. After an undertrial of 16 months in jail, Sanjay was finally granted bail in October 1995.
During his term in jail, he received invalable support of Rhea Pillai, whom he later married in 1998. After his bail, he started working rigorously and again reached the zenith with smash hits like ‘Daag’, ‘Kartoos’ and ‘Haseena Maan Jayegi’ in 1999. His most fanatical performance came with the 99 superhit ‘Vaastav’ wherein he portrayed the role of Raghubahi, a gangster. Sanjay won several awards and nominations for his splendid performances in ‘Mission Kashmir’, ‘Vaastav’, ‘Kurukshetra’ and ‘Pitaah’.
In 2003, Sanjay Dutt appeared in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ directed by Rajkumar Hirani. The movie not only multiplied his popularity but also gave him a chance to share the silver screen with his father. 2006 was another vital year for Sanjay when he featured in Lage Raho Munnabhai, the sequel to Munnabhai MBBS. The movie reintroduced the concept of Gandhigiri and Sanjay became the favourite of all- masses as well as classes.
Sanjay Dutt lost his father Sunil Dutt in 2005 as a result of a critical heart attack. After his divorce to Rhea Pillai, Sanjay Dutt married Manyata, originally named Dilnawaz Shaikh. In May 2008, he expressed his desire to join politics and also announced to contest the 2009 Lok Sabha elections but withdrew in March 2009. He was appointed as the UN Goodwill Ambassador by the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM) in December 2008 to work for eradication of malnutrition and hunger.
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