Sanjay Dutt's journey from 'Rocky' to 'Munnabhai'


Sanjay Dutt, born in the illustrious family of Sunil Dutt and Nargis, has been in and out of controversies various times. Born on July 29, 1959, movies were meant to happen to him. In 1981, his debut film, ‘Rocky’ released, and it went on to become a rage. He became a star overnight.

Sanjay Dutt went on to do some wonderful films after that. ‘Vidhaata’, ‘Main Awara Hoon’, ‘Naam’ and ‘Kabza’ to name a few. He received critical acclaim for his performances in ‘Saajan’ and ‘Sadak’.

In June 1993, when ‘Khalnayak’ was to hit the mark, he was arrested for his involvement in the bombings. That phase saw a downfall for him, even though he received praise for his performance in ‘Khalnayak’. Then on, he kept coming in and out of jail. It was in 1997 that he was released on bail but since then the decision was pending.

He was sentenced to jail for illegal possession of arms. In 2007, he was given a verdict to serve 6 years in jail. More recently, the final decision has been that, Sanjay Dutt has to serve 5 years in jail, of which 18 months he did in the period of 1993-1997.

The audiences though did not get a chance to miss him, because all the while, the movies he shot for, kept releasing. After he was out on bail, he gave an award winning performance in ‘Vaastav’. Always having kept a tough image, the role suited him to the core. And it won him his first Filmfare award in the best actor category.

Sanjay Dutt made the ‘Munnabhai’ series extremely popular with the way he essayed the character of Munnabhai. He is reportedly soon to be a part of the third installment, ‘Munnabhai Chale Delhi’. He has shown great potential with the various genres he has worked in, be it comedy or drama in ‘Parineeta’ and ‘Shabd’. His portrayal of Kancha Cheena in ‘Agneepath’ gained him critical acclaim yet again.

Currently, he is looking forward to the release of ‘Peekay’ and the remake of ‘Zanjeer’, for which he has already shot.

On the home front, he has all the reasons to smile. His twins, Shahraan and Iqra, give him immense happiness. His wife Maanyata Dutt has been his support system. His older daughter from his previous marriage, Trishala, is well settled in the United States. His sisters, Priya Dutt and Namrata Dutt, have always stood by his side.