Birthday Today : Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt is an Indian actor, author and film producer who works in Hindi films.

He is the recipient of several awards, including two Filmfare Awards and three Screen Awards. Dutt acted in 187 films, ranging from romance to comedy genres, but is usually typecast in action genres, and established himself as one of the most popular Hindi film actors of the later 1980s, 1990s, 2000s & 2010s.

The son of actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis, Dutt made his acting debut in Rocky (1981), which was directed by his father.

The crime thriller Naam (1985) proved to be a turning point in his career, which was followed by a series of commercially successful films in that decade, including Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988), Mardon Wali Baat (1988), Ilaaka (1989), Hum Bhi Insaan Hain (1989) and Kanoon Apna Apna (1989).

He earned nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Saajan (1991) and Khalnayak (1993).

Dutt earned his first Best Actor at the ceremony for playing a common man-turned-gangster in Vaastav: The Reality (1999). Along with Vaastav: The Reality, he also won accolades for playing an army officer in Mission Kashmir (2001), a soft-hearted goofy gangster in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003) and its sequel Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006).

Dutt was arrested under the TADA and the Arms Act in April 1993 and was convicted for violation of Arms Act for possession of illegal weapons procured from other accused in the 1993 Bombay bombings. After serving his sentence, he was released in 2016.

Dutt’s life receives considerable media coverage in India, and in 2018, Sanju, a biopic based on his life (which also saw a special appearance by him), was released to positive reviews and emerged as one of the highest-grossers of Indian cinema.

Sanjay Dutt’s Early Life:

Sanjay Balraj Dutt was born in a Punjabi family at Mumbai. His parents were noted cinema actors Sunil Dutt (born Balraj Dutt) and Nargis (born Fatima Rashid). He has two sisters, Priya Dutt and Namrata Dutt.

Sanjay Dutt throwback picture fom his childhood

Picture: Sanjay Dutt throwback picture fom his childhood

His mother died in 1981, shortly before his debut film’s premiere; her death is cited as the instigator of his drug abuse. As a child actor, Dutt appeared briefly as a qawali singer in the 1972 film Reshma Aur Shera, which starred his father.

Dutt’s Career:

Sanjay Dutt has made his appearance in almost 187 movies till now.

Sanjay Dutt’s made his Bollywood debut through Rocky but his breakthrough came in the role of a villain in Subhash Ghai’s Khalnayak, released in 1993. Steadily building his acting career, Sanjay’s maturity and versatility were displayed through his roles in action, comedy and romantic films, earning him rave reviews.

Sanjay Dutt's first movie Rocky's poster

Picture: Sanjay Dutt’s first movie Rocky’s poster

Despite the troubled times Sanjay went in and out of, he always made the box-office jingle with stunning hits likeVidhaata (1982), Naam (1986), Sadak (1991), Saajan (1991), Vaastav (1999), Mission Kashmir (2000), Kaante (2002), Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003), Musafir (2004), Zinda (2005), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007), Nehlle Pe Dehlla (2007). Sanjay Dutt is one of the top ten Most Influential Bollywood Personalities.

Sanjay dutt in one of his blockbuster movie Vaastav

Picture : Sanjay dutt in one of his blockbuster movie Vaastav

He has received multiple awards for his acting and dedication he has towards the film industry.

The Final Breakthrough:

Dutt’s initial breakthrough was reportedly obstructed by drink, drugs and womanising. Sanjay was later found guilty of being a part of the bomb blasts in Mumbai.

The case went back and forth until he was finally sentenced on July 31, 2007. On March 16, 2013, Sanjay Dutt finally surrendered before the Supreme Court and he was convicted for five years.

However, after completing just three years, he was released in 2016 on the grounds of good conduct. Later, he worked in movies like BhoomiKalank, and Prassthanam. Sanjay Dutt’s last release was Prassthanam, where he was seen as a politician.

Sanjay dutt outside court in Mumbai

Picture : Sanjay dutt outside court in Mumbai

A biopic film based on the life of Dutt, titled Sanju, in which Ranbir Kapoor portrays the role of Dutt was released on 29 June 2018.

Ranbir does justice to his role in movie Sanju

Picture : Ranbir does justice to his role in movie Sanju

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