When Sanjay Dutt went to meet “father” Vinod Khanna in hospital

Veteran actor Vinod Khanna and Sanjay Dutt shared father-son relationship. When Vinod Khanna was battling for his life during his days at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation hospital, Sanju Baba went to meet him by taking a break from ‘Bhoomi’ shoot. He was heartbroken to see him in such a pathetic condition. The picture of his first wife Richa Sharma and mother Nargis immediately came to his mind.

Sandeep Singh, who is producing Sanjay Dutt's comeback film ‘Bhoomi’, shared an interesting tale about Sanju baba and Vinod Khanna’s bonding. Sandeep Singh recalled when Sanjay Dutt expressed his desire to meet Vinod Khanna while they were filming in South Mumbai.

"We were shooting in South Mumbai, Sanju Sir told me before we started the shoot, 'I want to first go and see my father (Vinod Khanna). I have learned to be a man because of him as he taught me a lot of things'," said Sandeep Singh.

Vinod Khanna's son, Akshaye Khanna received Sanjay Dutt at the hospital. The entire Khanna family was waiting inside the hospital.

"The entire family was there from his wife Kavitaji, son Saakshi, his brother Pramodji and his sister Shraddha. Akshaye hugged us and asked us to wait while they were asking the doctor for permission to meet Vinod Sir," Sandeep said.

When Sanjay Dutt asked Akshaye Khanna why he did not take his father to the US where both Sanjay's mother and first wife Richa were treated for cancer, Akshaye said that Vinod Khanna is under the supervision of Mumbai's best doctors.

"Doctors were not allowing him to meet anybody, but when Akshaye told him Sanju Sir had come. Vinod Sir said, 'I want to meet my son.' After meeting him for a few minutes, Baba was very quiet. He must have revisited his past again as he had gone through the same with Richa and Nargisji. He hates hospitals and it was traumatic for him to see Vinod Sir so unwell," Sandeep said.

On a related note, it was in fact Sunil Dutt who spotted Vinod Khanna in a Delhi disco and then told his son Sanjay that Vinod should be acting in films.