Nana Patekar slams Sanjay Dutt’s parole

Despite Sanjay Dutt being supported by Bollywood biggies for his parole extension, Nana Patekar reportedly slammed his reprieve. The 63-year-old award-winning Marathi actor said he had decided to boycott Dutt by neither watching his films, nor acting with the star in future. In the past, too, Nana had been open about his feelings against Dutt’s involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

Sanjay was convicted by the Supreme Court for illegal possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. The 54-year-old actor was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment. He had earlier served 18 months in jail and had surrendered before a Mumbai court on May 18, 2013, to serve his remaining term.

While talking to a news channel on Thursday, Nana said, “I have not worked with him in the past 22 years of my career. I will not work with him in future, too.”

“The government will do whatever it wants. They are saying it is legal. You can’t say anything about it. But I will do whatever is in my power,” he added.

“You will watch his films and make him a hero and, later, you say he shouldn’t get parole. Things don’t work like that. What can I do? Who will listen to me? People think he is only an actor. I am also a common man, but who will consider that?” Nana said.

Nana had been vocal against Dutt at the time of his sentencing, too, saying he should not be given any special treatment for being an actor.

Dutt has drawn criticism for getting parole of almost 100 days during his current jail term.

Vishwanath Patekar, known as ‘Nana Patekar’, is an award-winning actor-writer-filmmaker.

He has acted in such movies as ‘Gaman’, released in 1978, ‘Mohre’, in 1987, and ‘Salaam Bombay’, in 1988. He became famous in Bollywood for his role as a villain in the 1989 film, ‘Parinda’, which won earned him his first National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was also given the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for the performance. He also won the Filmfare Best Villain Award in 1992 for the movie, ‘Angaar’.

With his film, ‘Prahaar: The Final Attack’, with Madhuri Dixit, Nana became director for the first time. He was given an honorary Captain’s rank from the Indian Army. The actor undertook training for his role as an army officer in the movie and so, the rank was awarded to him.