Film Industry to hold a strike in support of Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt was recently acquitted from the TADA Act by the court but unfortunately he has been found guilty under the Arms Act and will soon receive a sentence. He is currently out on an extended bail till 19 December. However bollywood known to be dominated by several different camps will be seen coming together to voice their support for ‘Sanju Baba’ as he is fondly called. On 12 December, 22 different organizations from the film industry including actors, spot boys, writers, producers, dancers, junior artistes, make-up artistes etc will hold a ‘no work day’ and they will all march to Film City to give their signatures for a campaign on behalf of Sanjay Dutt.
Actor and friend Suniel Shetty has initiated the campaign to help Sanjay Dutt in his crisis and time of need. Suniel claims that Sanjay is known for his benevolence in the film industry and has done a lot for the grassroots workers in the industry. On 12 December all people associated with the film industry from the top level to even the lower levels will refrain from working and will show solidarity in their support for Dutt. Suniel says “Film associations from all over the country have agreed to shut shop on December 12. Sanju has suffered enough. We of the film fraternity are his extended family. He mustn’t be allowed to suffer anymore. On December 12 we want to tell the country and judiciary that Sanju needs to be punished no more.”
Sanjay Gupta, partner and good friend of Sanjay Dutt is all for the move and says “This kind of support is unheard of. On December 12, we’ll prove we’re one when it comes to a cause as genuine as Sanjay Dutt.” Film producer and President of Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers, says “We do not have any intention to interfere with the court’s order or influence the judiciary. The idea is to express our support to Sanjay who has in the past helped the film industry workers in whatever way he could.”
When Sanjay Dutt heard about the intentions of so many people in the film industry and their good will, he got extremely emotional, broke down and wept.