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Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 17, 2013)
After keeping the media on its toes for around two months, Sanjay Dutt finally left his Bandra residence to surrender to the TADA court and commence his three and a half year jail term.
There was a frenzy that ensued as everyone — media persons and common man alike — gathered wanted to catch a last glimpse of the actor being driven away to the court.
Dutt left his Pali Hill house around 1.30 pm and reached the court in the presence of the waiting media.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, his sister Priya Dutt and his wife Mnayata accompanied the 53-year-old actor.
As Dutt’s car screeched to a halt, Bhatt disembarked first, requesting the media with folded hands to make way for Dutt to make his exit. And as the actor reached the court, the formalities began for his surrender.
B-Town bids farewell
Earlier in the day, his close friends from the industry including Bunty Walia, Apoorva Lakhia, Kiran Kumar, Soham Shah and Rahul Aggarwal visited Dutt.
Before he left his Imperial Heights residence, the actor chose to spend some precious time with his kids Shahraan and Iqra and his weeping wife. Earlier in the week, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan also came in to visit Dutt.
The Supreme Court in its March 21 verdict awarded five years’ imprisonment to the actor for illegal possession of arms.
The apex court on May 14 refused to grant him more time to surrender. On May 10, the Supreme Court had dismissed Dutt’s plea seeking More >
Vickey Lalwani and Lata Mishra (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 16, 2013)
Unlike several of his movies, there has never been a dull moment in Sanjay Dutt’s life. Like the rest of it, even the day before his three-year jail term started, was marked by events that threatened to veer into high melodrama. It began with Inspector General (prisons) Vinod Lokhande disclosing that Arthur Rod jail authorities had received an anonymous letter stating that the film star would be killed if he were to be lodged at Arthur Road. The threat may prove superfluous as only undertrials are housed at Arthur Road. Dutt, convicted under the Arms Act, is likely be taken to Yerwada at Pune.
By afternoon, a morcha under the banner of Hindu Rashtra Sena was outside his home, Imperial Heights, at Pali Hill, Bandra, demanding the star be hanged for his anti-national activities. Their sloganeering turned out to be as jarring but mercifully shorter than the over-loud background music in most of the star’s recent movies.
His staff had covered the gates to his house in opaque green cloth to keep out the prying media but information trickled out thanks to the constant comings and goings of Dutt’s colleagues, hangers-on, doctors and relatives.
Speaking to them we were able to piece together a troubling portrait of a fragile man. The star who has been drug-free for decades and overcome his heavy alcoholism has taken to finishing a bottle of vodka a day, revealed a source close to him.
“Baba is unable to sleep without More >
BOMBAY TIMES (May 16, 2013)
To say the Sword of Damocles has been hanging over Sanjay Dutt’s head since the Supreme Court asked him to surrender for his involvement in the 1993 bomb blasts case is not an exaggeration. The scene of events that has played out in the period following the judgment has been typical of Bollywood. Initially, many of the actor’s friends paid him a visit at his residence, Imperial Heights. He also had shooting and dubbing assignments to keep him busy. But, in the last few days — the period when he actually required a shoulder to lean on — there have been virtually ‘no friends’ visiting him. A staffer says, “Baba is very vulnerable at this point. He breaks into tears at the drop of a hat. He has also spent a lot of time alone.”
It is said that while his wife Manyata and the twins — Shahraan and Iqra — have been with him, most of the film industry has steered clear of Pali Hill. Last night, few of his old faithfuls did make fleeting visits. However, the traffic to his home has been negligible and the media has shown more empathy towards the actor than his ilk.
Mahesh Bhatt, who is Dutt’s well-wisher and guardian, has been the only constant in his life through the last two months.
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; May 4, 2013)
After auditioning more than 100 people for their film Hasmukh Pighal Gaya, actor-producer Sanjay Dutt zeroed in on Arrmaan Ralhan, grandson of 60s OP Ralhan who’s Phool Aur Patthar (1966) made Dharmendra an overnight star. In fact, after watching just 30 seconds of Arrmaan’s audition Sanjay told his team that they had found their Hasmukh, the protagonist of their film.
Arrmaan, who has a degree in digital filmmaking from New York Film Academy, has attended acting workshops and has trained in dance and hardcore action for his big break.
Says producer Manyata Dutt, “Arrmaan considers his grandfather Ralhan sahab an inspiration. When he auditioned for us, we could immediately visualise him in the movie.”
The youngster has already started shooting for the film that is being directed by Sejal Shah. It was launched last month on the occasion of Gudi Padwa.
Hasmukh Pighal Gaya, produced by Sanjay Dutt Productions, is scheduled to release in September.
DNA (April 30, 2013)
As the day for the incarceration gets nearer, Sanjay Dutt, reveal his friends, is rapidly losing his cool.
Apparently a few days ago while shooting he suddenly burst out saying, “Ab bahot ho gaya. I can’t take the wait any more. Better that I go in now than later. This agony of watching the day approach is killing me.” There was a stunned silence in the studio after this disturbing outburst.
Says a very close friend of Sanju’s, “At that moment we were all reminded of the grim reality that’s waiting for baba. We, his close friends and family, have been helping him to immerse himself in his work and forget about the day when he’s to surrender. And baba himself has been very brave. Whenever Manyata bhabhi lost her composure, it was he who made light of the fate that awaits him.”
But now it seems Sanjay has finally buckled under the pressure of the impending predicament. Says the friend, “Baba is worried to death about bhabhi and the children. No matter how much we reassure him that we are there for them and that the show will go on until he returns, he finally knows that his absence cannot be compensated by friends. He’s very worried. The strain is almost unbearable. We’re concerned about his health.”
Apparently, the actor has now given up all hopes or even desire of clemency. “He just wants to get it over with now. He knows he has to go in,” says the friend.
Upala KBR (DNA; April 14, 2013)
Every actor in B-Town visited Sanjay Dutt after the news of his impending arrest became public. TV cameras and paparazzi parked outside the Dutt residence captured every actor who came to meet Sanjay. Salman Khan who wasn’t in the country too made it a point to meet Sanju baba on the same morning that he landed in Mumbai. The only actor who was not seen at the Dutt residence to was Shah Rukh Khan, who was away shooting in Wai for his home production.
Most people assumed that SRK was too busy with the IPL and his film to worry about Sanjay. But that’s far from the truth. It is learnt that SRK has been in touch with Sanju ever since he heard about the actor’s jail sentence.
An insider says, “When the news of Sanju’s sentence came out, Shah Rukh was one of the first people to call him. He had a long conversation with Sanju. Shah Rukh didn’t want to show up at his home when the media was parked outside his gate. SRK is giving Sanju all the moral and emotional support he needs. On Thursday night, SRK went to meet Sanju at around 1 am, and he stayed for a couple of hours. It was an intense and emotional conversation. SRK also talked to Manyata and played with the couple’s twins.”
It may be recalled that up until SRK’s home production Ra.One, Sanju and he hadn’t worked together. After Sanjay’s cameo in Shah Rukh’s film, they became close. While Sanju didn’t accept any fee for the role, Shah Rukh gifted him a expensive bike to thank him for being More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 2, 2013)
With the spectre of imprisonment looming large over Sanjay Dutt, the actor has taken two days off from the shooting of Policegiri to head to Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan, along with his wife Manyata.
They say those who seek the blessings of the revered sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti always have their wishes fulfilled.
Here’s hoping Dutt will be granted the one thing he desires the most in this moment of crisis – freedom.
Shubha Shetty (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 1, 2013)
While his family and close friends may still nurture hope for pardon for him, Sanjay Dutt’s conviction implies he will never be able to visit his daughter Trishala in the US. Laws in the US make it mandatory that no person convicted can obtain a visa to visit the country.
A source close to Dutt revealed the actor’s passport has been cancelled for the past five years. “Every time he had to travel abroad for outdoor locations, he would undergo a hearing before being handed a visa, that too for countries other than the US and Canada,” the source said, adding: “He doesn’t have a passport but there was always hope he could obtain a visa to visit the US. But with the Supreme Court sentence, it will be practically impossible for him to get a visa to the US, even if he is pardoned and doesn’t go to prison. This conviction also means he cannot visit 90 per cent of the countries that he could till now.”
This is yet another setback for the actor, who is going through a major crisis in life at this point in time. His near and dear ones though hope he may be able to hold a passport, after a few years of serving his sentence, or being pardoned, as the case may be.
Meanwhile, there seems to be a glimmer of hope as far as Dutt’s professional life is concerned. His production company’s second film, Hasmukh Pighal Gaya, to be directed by Sejal Shah (directorial debut), will go on floors in the second week of April, irrespective of whether he More >
The veteran actor says he and his family are praying for Sanjay Dutt’s leniency plea
Subhash K Jha (DNA; March 24, 2013)
The irrepressible Shatrughan Sinha has stood by Sanjay Dutt for the last 20 years in the latter’s struggle for freedom. And now even though his parent-party, the BJP, stands by the honourable Supreme Court’s decision to send Sanjay back to jail, Shatrughan is all for leniency towards Sanjay.
Speaking exclusively to After Hrs he said, “Whatever I am today as a politician and actor, I’ve learnt from Sanjay’s father Sunil Dutt saab. He has been a constant source of inspiration. And Sanjay is very close to me. I’ve struggled with him for all these years as he has been fighting for his freedom. It pains me to see Sanjay standing where he is right now. I’ve been with him in this battle to prove his innocence for 20 years.”
The forthright politician-actor recalls, “The first time Sanjay went to jail I was the only one there with his father, when Sanjay got bail. I was with Sanjay when he went to meet Balasaheb Thackeray to put forward his defence. I’ve supported his craving for freedom because I believe Sanjay is not a terrorist.” Sinha finds the current wave of empathy for Sanjay in the entertainment industry very ironical. “I want to ask those who are shedding crocodile tears for Sanjay, trying to show how aggrieved and concerned they are about his predicament, where were you all these years when he lived in the fear of losing his freedom? I am sure these More >
BOMBAY TIMES (March 23, 2013)
Mahesh Bhatt spent a part of Thursday talking to Sanjay Dutt. Said he, “Sanju is emotionally wrought. He is shattered. I’m not judging him for whatever transpired. As an elder and as a friend of Sunil Dutt, I just want to be there for him. Dutt saab had said to me the first time around when Sanju got himself into trouble — ‘Mahesh, look after my son. Promise me you will be there with him.’”
The filmmaker says that unlike most others who have professional interests vested in Dutt, he only has emotions invested in him and wants him to come out of this tough phase.
Another well-wisher of Sanju is the young rockstar Ranbir Kapoor. The 30-year-old actor and the 53-year-old star are gymnasium buddies and discuss cars, bikes, women, movies and fitness. Ranbir is really fond of Sanju and though the two have a two-decade gap between them, they are very close.
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 23, 2013)
Sanjay Dutt’s apartment in Bandra’s Imperial Heights has seen a steady stream of visitors from the film fraternity. And according to sources, Dutt held a meeting with Rajkumar Hirani, Apoorva Lakhia and Rahul Aggarwal to chalk out the itinerary for the next 30 days—the time frame he has been granted to surrender before court.
A source told Mirror, “Sanjay has assured that he won’t leave their films- PK, Zanjeer 2.0, and Policegiri respectively, in the lurch.” Agarwal needs at least 15 days to finish his schedule, while Hirani and More >