Posts tagged Sanjay Dutt
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; May 18, 2013)
At Sanjay Dutt’s Bandra residence, it was a test of patience for everyone present there. As Dutt, accompanied by his family, left home to surrender to the TADA court, chaos took over the bylanes of Pali Hill and the way ahead. While the media persons present along the way were leaving no stone unturned for snapping up photographs of the convicted actor, sources say producer Bunty Walia, who was also accompanying the star, flew into a rage and ended up allegedly slapping a journalist.
A source says, “Bunty, who was with Dutt on the way to the TADA Court, apparently hit a TV journalist and even tore off his clothes. Bunty’s car was ahead of the channel’s vehicle and there was a lot of media frenzy. The roads were blocked, as there was a fleet of cars following Dutt and the police force.” As the two cars almost bumped into each other, it allegedly sent Bunty hitting the roof with anger, post which the producer got out of his vehicle along with his bodyguard and engaged in a scuffle with the journalist.
An onlooker says, “The channel’s car nearly collided with Bunty’s car. The way was blocked when Dutt crossed the Worli Sea Link and was proceeding towards the court. There were press photographers everywhere and the scene was that of chaos. Bunty started abusing the journalist as well as the other car’s driver. His body guards also tried to damage the car and even kicked on the bonnet.”
The journalist, who was allegedly manhandled, on More >
DNA (May 18, 2013)
When Hrithik Roshan had dropped in to meet Dutt at his home immediately after his sentence was announced, he bumped into many actors there. Ajay Devgn and Mahesh Bhatt who were also present, were garnering support for Dutt. They were urging Sanju’s pals to speak up for him. When Bhatt asked Hrithik if he would show his support for his Agneepath co-star Sanju, in front of the TV crews, Duggu immediately said yes. Ajay, who was scheduled to talk to the channels the following day told him that he would call him to inform him of the venue and the timing. But the next day Hrithik remained unavailable to give bytes to the channels. Says an insider, “The venue was fixed at Devgn’s office (a few minutes away from Hrithik’s Juhu home). but there was no response from the Krrrish 3 actor. After many calls, Ajay received a message from one of Hrithik’s staffer that the actor was unable to attend as he had to attend to some other prior commitment!” Perhaps the actor who is known for approaching things in a very correct manner, didn’t want to make a statement on a judgement passed by the honourable court. But Dutt’s friends and family took notice of this ‘rebuff’.
Bharati Dubey (BOMBAY TIMES; May 17, 2013)
Salman Khan has reached out to his friend Sanjay Dutt’s daughter Trishala. The actor, who visited Dutt’s residence on Wednesday night, has called Trishala and told her that he will always be there for her. Though Dutt has not spoken to Trishala for over a-month-and-a-half, Salman has been in constant touch with her. A source said, “Salman was in America when the news of Dutt’s conviction broke. The first person Salman called was Trishala who has been away from her father for a long time. Sallu promised to be there for her whenever she needed him.”
Trishala, it is learnt, did try calling Dutt on Wednesday night, but there was no response. The two have a long distance father-daughter relationship. Sanju had met Trishala in the Bahamas in 2008 when he was shooting for Blue.
In the meantime… The media circus below Sanju’s residence Imperial Heights, reached a crescendo on Thursday afternoon.
Members of the press were informed that the actor would leave for the Sessions Court between 12 noon to 2 pm. Bombay Times brings you pictures of the distraught Bollywood star and his family members as he left his residence for the court.
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 >
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; May 17, 2013)
Tinsel town has always shared a love-hate relationship with the media. And with Sanjay Dutt finally leaving home to serve his three-and-a-half year jail term, it has been a rather busy time for the gathered media people outside his Bandra residence.
Sources say it was almost a circus scene outside the Dutt residence on Tuesday as the actor’s friends from Bollywood poured in to offer their encouraging words to the convicted star.
A source says, “There was a beeline of camera people and photographers outside Imperial Heights in Bandra. Close friend Abhishek Bachchan too came in to voice his words of support. However, as he was leaving the venue, something unfortunate happened.” A swarm of photogs apparently threw themselves at his car to click the exiting star. And in a bid to escape, Bachchan’s driver drove over a cameraman’s foot. Incidentally, at that moment, Abhishek chose to drive away.
The source adds, “He left the spot in a rush. However, after reaching home he enquired about the injured media person and personally called him to apologise for the accident. He even offered to pay the victim for all the medical expenses incurred due to the incident.” Insiders say the cameraman was rather shocked at the actor’s generosity and was lost for words.
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.
Roshmilla Bhattacharya (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 13, 2013)
Sanjay Gupta’s 2002 action thriller, Kaante, was the first Bollywood film to be completely shot in Los Angeles with an American crew, using state-of-the-art technology. It was filmed in South California, not in Beverly Hills but downtown Los Angeles.
One of the locations was The Roosevelt Hotel at the Hollywood Boulevard, named after President Theodore Roosevelt. Opened May 15, 1927, it was dubbed ‘The Million Dollar Hotel’ after it came to light that it had cost its financiers including Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Louis B Mayer nearly $2.5 million.
Gupta decided to set the opening and closing of his film on the hotel’s rooftop and even got a billboard advertising The Million Dollar Hotel. By the turn of the century, the hotel had lost its sheen and mainly offered subsidised living – a room for the night at $2 – drawing pimps, drug peddlers, drug addicts and the likes.
In Kaante, six men – Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Suneil Shetty, Kumar Gaurav, Mahesh Manjrekar and Lucky Ali – are arrested without evidence by the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department). Their antipathy toward the department causes a plan to be hatched – robbing the bank that holds the payroll of the LAPD. The six men meet on the terrace of the infamous hotel to arrange for ammo and getaway vehicles. However, the heist goes wrong and they end up in hell and sit on the ledge again.
“The hotel was hellish and we couldn’t enter through the front More >
Upala KBR (DNA; May 10, 2013)
Sanjay Dutt is said to be miffed with Aamir Khan. Sanjay pleaded to postpone his sentence by a month so he could finish all his incomplete films. He named PK as one of the films which he needed to complete. However, Aamir during an interaction with the media on the event of completing 25 years in the industry, innocently let out that his film was complete and they were done with Sanju’s portions for it.
Says an insider, “When Sanju baba heard about this, he was hurt and shocked. Aamir said that Raj Kumar Hirani’s P.K. had been completed some time ago. Thus implying that Sanju was sitting home and whiling away his time instead of using it to shoot for the film as those dates had been allotted to him by the court. Aamir’s statement alleges that Sanju is a liar when actually Sanju has gone out of his way to allocate as many dates as possible to accommodate the film as he didn’t want to hamper its release in any way. The random comment from Aamir hurt Sanju as he’s always regarded him younger brother. When Sanju heard about what Aamir had said he broke down. He called a fellow actor and asked why Aamir was doing this to him.” Aamir was, in fact, among the actors who dropped by Sanju’s home after the court’s verdict, so he doesn’t believe this was done out of spite.
The source adds, that instead of spending time at home with his family, Sanjay has in fact been working 24/7 to complete his shooting and dubbing assignments so no producer or film More >
DNA (May 10, 2013)
Although Sanjay Dutt may feel that certain sections of the film industry have turned their back on him, the fact remains that his friends are staunchly loyal to him. So much so that the final shots of Zanjeer 2.0 are being changed to accommodate the actor. Says an insider from the project, “We are shooting an extra scene with Sanju sir. Earlier he was not meant to be seen in the closing shots. It was just Ram Charan Teja and Priyanka Chopra. But now we all feel since this would probably be Sanju sir’s last shot for the next few years, we want the audience to leave the theatre with a very strong impression of his character.”
A quip-like dialogue has been specially written for Sanju which he is expected to shoot on Thursday and Friday.
Says the source, “It’s old fashioned ending where Sanjay’s character Sher Khan would make a witty remark. This establishes his character’s supremacy in the script.”