Sanjay Dutt - drug addiction, jail stints and failed marriages

Sanjay Dutt and Manayta DuttSanjay Dutt has lead a very unusual life. Along with fame and fortune which were gifted to him at birth, he has also had many setbacks in his personal life as well as his career. Sanjay Dutt is the star son of two of the biggest names in Hindi Cinema during their era, Sunil and Nargis Dutt. Very few people know that Sanjay stared as a child actor in one of his father Sunil Dutt's film titled Reshma Aur Shera.  

Sanjay being the only son of his star parents had fame and fortune. But unfortunately as a rebellious youngster his tryst with drugs began at an early age. Meanwhile Sanjay's mother Nargis Dutt was diagnosed with cancer. Sanjay was devastated to see his beloved mother ail before his very own eyes. He was extremely close to her. Unable to cope with the stressful situation, Sanjay seemed to find solace in drugs and he became an addict. Simultaneously Sanjay was to make his official and formal debut in films. Sanjay coming from a filmi background with two talented actors as his parents, naturally there were too many pressures and expectations from him. However a few weeks before Sanjay's debut film Rocky released, he lost his mother to the dreaded illness of cancer. Sanjay was devastated, but his father too was overcome by his own grief and hence could not provide the emotional anchor that he so badly needed. His film Rocky (1981) was a moderate success, but he was unable to savour this success due to being immersed in grief over his mother's demise. 

In 1982, Sanjay gave another hit with Vidhaata. However Sanjay's personal life took a turn for the worse and he began to lead a life filled with booze, parties and drugs. Meanwhile the media too were ruthless and kept printing stories of how his mother Nargis's ill health had worsened due to her son's drug addiction. They also criticised him as an actor. Sanjay already knee deep in depression was further pushed in his drug addiction. His drug addiction began to affect his career too, Sanjay was being considered for the film Hero, but later Subhash Ghai opted not to cast him due to his drug addiction. His father Sunil Dutt decided to intervene and tried his best to pull his son out of the darkness. Sunil Dutt sent Sanjay to a drug rehabilitation centre in America. Sanjay stayed there and recuperated for several months in the rehab centre and through sheer effort kicked off his drug addiction. 

Sanjay came back to India, as a sober, drug free person. He seemed to find happiness in his personal life too when he married upcoming actress Richa Sharma in 1987. For a while things seemed to be going well both on the personal level as well as his career. Sanjay was happy due to the birth of his daughter Trishala with Richa. In his career too, Sanjay made a big return with Mahesh Bhatt's 'Naam' in 1986 and Haathyar (1989). 'Saajan', 'Sadak' (1991) and 'Khalnayak' (1993) followed suit and there was appreciation all around. However this happiness did not last for a long time. Once again, Sanjay's personal life went for a toss when Richa was diagnosed with cancer. Richa and Sanjay separated and she took her young daughter and went off to the USA to live with her parents.

But after that Sanjay got in to bad company, he began associating with the underworld etc. And in 1993 came another blow when he was arrested in April 1993 on charges of keeping illegal weapons that were provided to him by the Bombay bomb blast master mind and mafia don Abu Salem. He spent more than 18 months in Jail. During this time he received huge support from friends, family, bollywood film fraternity and millions of fans from all over the world. He also received emotional strength from his then girlfriend, model Rhea Pillai. His father, Sunil Dutt was into politics and had a lot of good will amongst influential people and hence after 18 months, he was finally able to get his son out on bail. Sunil Dutt again came to the rescue of his son. After he was released on bail, Sanjay was indeed a changed man.  

Sanjay decided to pick up the pieces of his life and make the most of it. He went back to working hard on his acting career. Then in 1996, Richa died due to brain tumour. Sanjay had a bitter courtroom battle with his in-laws over the custody of his only child Trishala. Sanjay Dutt lost the battle and Trishala continued to live in the USA with her mother’s family. And although it took some time for him to make a comeback, he did manage to deliver hit films. Despite the lacklustre box-office performances of some of his post-jail releases like “Daud” (1997) etc, he did make a strong and successful comeback with films like “Daag – The Fire” (1999) and Vaastav (1999). He then went on to do successful comedy films along with co-star Govinda in Jodi No 1 and Haseena Maan Jayegi. Unfortunately on the personal front too, his marriage with model Rhea Pillai did not work out and they separated during this period. But in 1999, Richa's parents allowed him to finally get to know his daughter Trishala and he has formed a close relationship with her since then. In 2004, Sanjay's career was boosted again with his film Munnabhai M.B.B.S in which he starred opposite his father Sunil Dutt. But Sanjay's happiness was short lived as he lost his strongest support system, his father Sunil Dutt who passed away in 2005. 

After his bail, Sanjay's case in the 1993 bomb blasts had been on for the last 14 years. During this period the actor was made to do many rounds of court houses. Sanjay was also living in constant angst and fear of having to go back to jail. Finally on 31 July 2007 Sanjay Dutt's fears became a reality and he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for his role in the 1993 bomb blasts case. Sanjay this time however tried to take his situation in his stride; he kept up a brave face and was supported by the entire film industry, his family and his loved ones. Sanjay spent two separate stints in jail before he was finally released on bail. He has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court and is now awaiting the verdict. Meanwhile on the personal front, Sanju has once again found love with girlfriend Manyata who was by his side throughout his recent stint in jail. Now that he is out on bail, Sanjay recently tied the knot with Manyata and seems like a happy man, for now at least. However it seems like Sanjay's sisters as well as his daughter were against the marriage and were not present for the event. It is also being rumoured that his new wife is already a few months pregnant. After just a few days of the wedding, Sanjay Manyata's marriage is in legal trouble and is being scrutinized. So will this be a new chapter in Sanju baba's life or is this the beginning of more problems to follow? only time will tell.