Sanjay Dutt Curated

Indian Film Actor.


  • What do you think about Ajay's acting?

  • Salman Khan seems to have modeled himself on you?

    I wish he would model himself on my better qualities. I do have many good qualities. Salman should keep a low profile and work hard and get serious in life. All the playing around isn’t finally worth it. Ultimately all of us want to be remembered as good hardworking human beings. The hit-and-run incident wouldn’t have made such a media splash if it wasn’t Salman Khan. But because he has been constantly in the news he went to jail and had to suffer.

  • Do you feel you could have done much more with your career if all the legal and personal obstacles?

    Maybe you’re right. With the legal hassles happening I can’t concentrate completely on my work. The case is constantly at the back of my mind. But I must say the courts have been truly generous. They’ve allowed me to go on working. God willing, I’ll soon be acquitted. Then I can make a fresh start and focus completely on my work.

  • You’ve done a whole lot of films with Sanjay Gupta, though none of them has been really successful. What would you say about it?

    That’s because he never found the right producers. That’s why I told him to produce his own film. Then there’re no pressures from anywhere. Unfortunately, Sanjay has not been too fortunate about his producers like Satish Tandon of Jung who wasn’t basically a film producer. I guess Sanjay Gupta got into these kinds of projects for the same reason as Mahesh Manjrekar: insecurity. Why did Mahesh make some of his recent films? I kept warning him that money isn’t everything. Career options should come first.

  • You’re a very loyal friend. Do you have friends who’ll stand by you during a crisis?

    Absolutely. Mahesh(Manjrekar), Sanjay(Gupta), Afzal Khan, and Robin Bhatt are there. They’ve stood by me through every crisis. As for those who let me down, after living life in jail and going through legal hassles for the last nine years, I’ve learned to let go. Yes, there were many people who didn’t stand by me. It made me sad in the beginning. But gradually the bitterness was washed away.

  • The determination to play characters your own age seems to be part of your character, is it true?

    Yeah, that’s the way I am. One has to accept one isn’t 21 any longer. Audiences certainly don’t want to see me as a college kid on motorcycles and all that stuff.

  • Your fans say you look like a Hollywood star, is it true?

    But no one has come up with an offer in Hollywood yet. I can’t start from scratch in a strange country. If I get a good offer, I’d certainly do it. Right now I’m excited about roles in Hindi films.

  • Your first Hindi production, Prassthanam, has the tagline, ‘earn the legacy’. Sanjay is this film your way of taking the legacy of your parents, Sunil and Nargis Dutt, forward?

    I know that both my parents will be very happy that my production company is taking off.

  • What made you zero in on a remake of a Telugu film as your first Hindi production?

    Yes, it’s a content-driven film that is about life, values, morals, and entertainment. My character, Baldev, has many shades in his relationship with his wife and sons; the role offers me scope to perform. Even though it’s set against a political background, it’s an earthy, messy film.

  • Talking of politics, the ruling coalition partner Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP) chief and state minister Mahadev Jankar recently announced that you will be joining his party, Is it true?

    He’s family as my brother but I no longer have any political aspirations. I’m happy being an actor and our dream today is for this company to make good cinema.

  • Kalank came with a lot of expectations but left one disappointed over the amount of footage you got, isn't it?

    I know people were disappointed, but I only did this small role for my relationship with Yash (Johar) uncle and his production house, which goes back by several years. Even in the credits, it was mentioned as a special appearance.

  • What do you think about Ajay's acting?

  • How do you remain so fit?

  • What made remake Prastnam in Hindi?

  • What made remake Prassthanam in Hindi?

  • Is the bond between you and Ali Faisal one of the highlights of prassthanam?

  • Everyone in the have amazing things to say about what do you think is so special about you?

  • Everyone in the have amazing things to say about what do you think is so special about you?

  • With your experience do you think certain elements always work with people?

  • Who is a better actor you or Ajay Devgan?

  • When will we get to see Munna Bhai part 3?

  • What do you think is the reason for the freshness of Munna Bhai?

  • Taking Munna Bhai into account what do you think is the importance of writing?

  • How the perception of Sanju changed because of the movie Sanju?

  • How crucial was Naam for you?

  • Rapid-fire with Sanja Dutt

  • You are looking forward to work with Alia butt?

  • You are looking forward to work with Alia butt?

  • Who is a better actor you or Ajay Devgan?

  • How do you feel after coming out of jail?

  • As soon as you came out of jail you for offers for Films how does it feel?

  • Did you expect that you'll get back to movies after coming out of jail?

  • Do you ever feel that you did injustice to your parents?

  • Are a better human being now?

  • What personality changes have you made after coming out of jail?

  • You come from a rich household so how was your time in jail was it hard?

  • How much time did you take to surrender yourself to the atmosphere of jail?

  • What work were you given in jail?

  • Tell us about your fitness regime now vs in jail?

  • How did you make your kids understand about the jail situation?

  • What would you like to change about Bollywood?

  • What would you like to change about Bollywood?

  • Tell us your view on nepotism?

  • Tell us about the impact of media on you and your family

  • What do you want to do with your life now?

  • Which are the films you are doing now?

    I have “Torbaaz” and “Malang.” There is Ajay Devgn’s production with Farhan Akhtar and me. I am doing Tigmasnhu Dhulia’s “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3.”

  • “Saheb…” is a franchise in which the villain is always gray, not black – he has a perspective. And you have done a lot of gray characters. Do such characters have a special appeal for you?

    I don’t know. Maybe I do. But essentially, it is about any character appealing to me.

  • Aren’t you doing the next “Munna Bhai” film too?

    Yes, I think it will happen now. But you should ask Raju Hirani this question!

  • You are also doing Omung Kumar’s next, a biopic.

    Yes, it’s a fantastic character. In the Second World War, 200 Jew kids were saved by the Maharaja of Jamnagar, who rehabilitated and educated them and sent them back to their country.

  • A lot has changed in the Hindi cinema in the last five years. This year has been an eye-opener in the very few successes that have come in. What is your view about this state of affairs?

    I have no idea why films succeed and fail, and in whatever film I choose I do my best and give my best sincerely. The rest is in the hands of God and the audience.

  • Sunny Deol opines that the marketing forces and corporate professionals are Hindi cinema-illiterate, and that heroism is lacking. Your father Sunil Dutt’s and your films have been replete with heroism.

    Corporate entities have brought in a lot of professionalism, so even if something is wrong with them, we cannot move against the tide. But yes, I will say that basically, we should not lose Indian values and our culture of relationships. All our mega-hits, from my mother Nargis’ and father’s “Mother India” about a poor mother in a village, which came in 1957, to “Dangal” and “Bahubali” now, show that we have never left our Indian culture and values. You can say that the basic format has not changed.

  • With so many new directors coming in, and many of the older masters around, like Hirani himself, do you now have a wish-list of directors?

    I want to work with every director who has got a good script.

  • You were to do Siddharth Anand’s film, then another movie, and finally “Bhoomi.” Why did you not do those films?

    The scripts did not work out to my liking.

  • People are calling “Bhoomi” your comeback. Did the gap affect you?

    The gap only made me emotional when I faced the camera again. People seem to love the word “comeback,” otherwise I was away just for around four years.

  • What about your relationship with your parents? Did you dislike anything about them?

    It is never possible that I disliked anything about them. In fact, my advice to every son and daughter is to listen to their parents so that you do not have any problems. I would tell both sons and daughters to come back home on time and not have those sleepovers that are becoming common.

  • Are you a strict father?

    Not at all, though I thought I would become one.

  • Nowadays, it is said that parents and offspring should be more like friends.

    (Shakes his head): We cannot be like that with our parents. A 60-year-old son is still a kid to his parents! Drinking alcohol, smoking and even walking in underwear in front of our parents is not something acceptable in our culture. When my father caught me smoking in the bathroom one day he beat me with a shoe!

  • What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?

    My biggest strength is my ‘saburi’ (patience). My weakness is that I have a ‘mome ka dil’ (heart as soft as wax)!

  • Your daughter Trishala is not interested in films. But if she was, who would you want her co-star with in films?

    (Smiles): Leonardo DiCaprio!

  • You too are into social activities. Could you tell us about them?

    I continue to work for my mother’s Cancer Foundation. I am also doing something with Sri Sri Ravi Sankar, with the mission ‘Drug-Free India.’ I have his blessings.

  • What do you have to say about Ranbir Kapoor, who plays your role in the biopic Rajkumar Hirani is making?

    Ranbir Kapoor is like my younger brother.

  • We keep hearing about you wanting to write your story.

    I have always wanted to write my own story. Let’s see.

  • Is there any film of your dad that you would like remade?

    (Instantly): “Mujhe Jeene Do.”

  • We know you have been a producer, with and without Sanjay Gupta. Would you want to revive Ajanta Arts, your father’s famous banner?

    For so many reasons, that will not be possible. But I am making films under my own banner, and Maanyata is looking after the production aspects.

  • We know you have been a producer, with and without Sanjay Gupta. Would you want to revive Ajanta Arts, your father’s famous banner?

    For so many reasons, that will not be possible. But I am making films under my own banner, and Maanyata is looking after the production aspects.

  • You believe that Bhoomi and Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3, your last two films, were mistakes. Why? I thought you were powerfully expressive in Bhoomi…

    I didn’t think that was a genre I actually wanted to be in. Bhoomi, I felt, could have been more action-oriented. It didn’t have that space of Liam Neeson and Kevin Costner and what they do today. But the scene in the courtroom where you break down… The problem is my audience wanted me to breakdown the court instead of breaking down myself! I’m not saying Bhoomi was a mistake. But it was a bad choice. And then Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3… if it’s a gangster film, then my audience expects to see me as a gangster.

  • If those were mistakes or bad choices, what makes you think Kalank is right?

    Kalank is very different. Firstly it’s a multi-starrer with an ensemble cast. It’s a good drama about families and that’s another good space to be in. To reach out to family audiences. I play a mature man carrying his own baggage in life.

  • Were you always in consideration for Kalank? What role did Yash Johar ji have in mind for you when he conceptualised the film? Can’t be that of Balraj Chaudhry. You were much younger then…

    No, I don’t think I was in consideration at all for Kalank. Yash Uncle had told me when we made Gumrah in 1993 that he had this story for a period drama set in pre-Independence British era. But I really don’t know if I was in consideration for the film. Yash Uncle was very sketchy about the details. And I didn’t think of asking him if I had a role. But now I must ask Karan Johar about this!

  • Sridevi was to play the role of Bahaar Begum in Kalank. You acted with her in Gumrah and the two of you were friends. Did Sridevi’s passing away make you feel concerned about Kalank before Madhuri Dixit stepped in?

    Of course, it was a concern. But it was also a very, very sad happening. And so sudden. For something like this to happen. For Sridevi ji to leave and pass away the way she did…

  • You have been lavish in your praise of Madhuri Dixit. It’s been, what, 21 years since the two of you did a film together. What change do you see in her?

    She’s always been a great actor right from the beginning. I should know, we’ve done several films together. But she still has the power of being a great actor as she’s always been. She’s Madhuri Dixit – that’s it!

  • How have you evolved?

    I have to move in time with age. I have to start taking roles like I’ve done in Kalank or Shamshera or whatever other films I’m doing where I’m playing my age. I mean, the time has moved on for me to play a college kid!

  • Your audience wants to see ‘Baba’ on screen. Will we see ‘Baba’ in Kalank?

    You will definitely see ‘Baba’ in Kalank!

  • How would Sanjay Dutt define ‘Baba’?

    He’s an action-oriented guy. I want to get into the genre of films that veteran Hollywood actors like Kevin Costner, Denzel Washington, Al Pacino, Robert de Niro, Liam Neeson, Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone do. They are all over 60. I am 59. And I want to play myself in my age. I want to get into that here. Nobody does it. Our roles should be scripted with the actors in mind like they do in Hollywood. Have you seen Costner in Criminal? Washington in The Equalizer? Those are the kind of roles I’d like to do. They have moved on to be mature, tough men, you know what I’m saying? That’s what a lot of people around the country have told me. That what they’d like to see me as an angry old guy or whatever.

  • If you had the chance to live your life all over again, would your choice of films be different?

    No, they would be the same. I come from the heart. If I like a line, or a subject, I’ll go ahead. And once I commit, I don’t try to interfere or change this and that. I’m just the way I have been from the beginning. My choice of films would be some good, some bad. Every actor goes through that. There have been some real good one like Sadak, Sajjan, Khalnayak, Vaastav. It’s a good body of work.

  • You know, as much as the pairing of Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan is exciting people in Kalank, this star couple has been seen a lot lately. Now the buzz of excitement is to see Madhuri Dixit and you.

    I have not heard that buzz. But I know, because we have not worked together for 21 years, people will go to see Kalank to see what we’ve done on screen.

  • Are you playing the antagonist in Kalank?

    The antagonist! Like a villain? No, I am not! Where did you get that? Have you seen Kalank? Because, I can tell you, I have not!

  • Who had most flirted with girls in college between you and Ajay?

  • Do you have any regret?

  • You might have fears before going to jail because of your popularity

  • Your calls with the underground were very friendly what do you say about that?

  • People tend to say that you are fond of controversies what's your say on that?

  • Do you think celebs are being penalized for being celebs?

  • what the one thing you wish you hadn't done?

  • Can you tell me about your most memorable birthday?

    They’ve all been memorable in their own way, even the ones that came during my worst days. I don’t like a big birthday bash. I just want my near ones on my birthday. It’s tough to remember my past. But I want to move on.

  • Are you trying to get back into shape again?

    My physique….well, I sometimes forget I am 49. But I’m getting there, I promise you. Hopefully, by December-January, I’ll be back in shape. I have this personal trainer named Lawrence from Los Angeles. He’s fantastic. He makes sure I’m not overdoing it.

  • Your life has gone through tremendous upheavals in recent times. Do you think the worst is over?

    The best thing I did was to get rid of the undesirable people in my life. But I wish them well in life. I’ve no animosity against them, though they seem to have a lot against me. Even my enemies, I wish well. God bless them.

  • Do you feel less stressed in life?

    Yes. God has been great.There’s good work coming my way. I’m happy because I’m getting substantial roles. I had to finish my backlog and start fresh. That was really important for me

  • What was your age when you had your first girl friend?

  • Have you now started life on a clean slate?

    I’m so relieved, I can’t tell you. I’m finally able to sleep peacefully at night. I want to thank the whole industry for standing by me. I feel I’ve entered a whole new world now. I’m very happy in my marriage with Maanyata. Everything seems so right for the first time in my life. I just want to do great work and be around friends who are like my brothers.

  • Were your sisters were not happy about your marriage?

    This is the happiest relationship I’ve ever been in, and I’d expect my sisters to be happy for me. Going by my past record, I don’t blame anyone for being suspicious of this relationship. My life has been a rollercoaster. For my family specially my sisters, this was just another mistake that I was making. But I feel no one, not even the closest member of the family, has the right to interfere in my personal life.

  • Did you really stand by Maanyata?

    That’s the least I could do. She has proved herself over and over again, though I’ve told her repeatedly that she doesn’t need to prove herself to me or to any member of my family. But she’s a very warm giving and family-oriented person. And to her, winning over my family was very important. And she proved herself. I’m very proud of her.

  • Wasn’t your sisters’ approval of your wife and marriage important to you?

    It was important. But don’t forget, they’re younger than me. And I felt they had no right to disapprove of something I was doing in my own life. Whether they liked it or not they had to accept it. Anyway, I love my sisters and I knew with time they’d come around. The tangles are finally being resolved.

  • Why do you think Maanayata is the right partner for you?

    I’ve somewhere in my heart always wanted a woman like Maanayata. In our society, a woman has to make a lot of sacrifices for her man. And Maanyata has done that. I’m not the easiest of persons to handle. Maanyata is just right for me. Nowadays I just wait for the day to be over, so I can get back home to her. And I want to start a family with her as soon as possible.

  • How do you manage a balancing act between your wife and sister?

    There’s no balancing act. My wife is my wife. She’s the no.1 priority in my life. Any spouse feels the same way. For Priya, her husband Owen is no.1 priority.

  • Were you deeply disappointed when you were denied permission to contest elections a few years ago?

    I really respect the honorable court’s verdict, not just for their decision now but from the time I’ve been in and out of courts. I really respect Justice Kode. He was the person instrumental in getting me out of the terror case. I remember Justice Kode telling in court what I most wanted to hear. That I wasn’t a terrorist. It was the happiest moment of my life. That day I missed my father. Because he lived only to hear those words. And although the honorable Supreme Court did not think it wise for me to contest the election because it would’ve opened up a pandora’s box, it did give me a character certificate where it’s said that I come from a good family and that I’m a good human being, a good actor and that I’m not a habitual offender. That character certificate means more to me than winning an election. I’ve waited for sixteen years for the honorable courts to give me that certificate.

  • Are you at peace with yourself?

    I was out of control as a child. And I take responsibility for what happened to me. I was in and out of jail. Today my tomorrows don’t seem to be that insecure. I sleep better.

  • Why are you so hard to pin down?

    Because I’m pinned down to a thousand problems. Running between my court hearings and shootings is like trying to balance two big boulders on my shoulder. Sometimes I just feel like giving up. I’ve been fighting to prove my innocence for eleven years. I’ve been lately caught up with what’s hopefully the final lap of the case. Apparently, the judgment will now have to wait until after the elections. I can’t take the agony of waiting any longer. I haven’t even been able to enjoy the success of Munnabhai MBBS.

  • How was your experience when you and Sunil Dutt came together as father and son in Munnabhai?

    Well…technically we were together in my dad’s Reshma Aur Shera where I participated in a Qawwali sequence as a child, and then my launch-film Rocky where though he played my father his role ended before I came on. Initially, when I had to face the camera with him for Munnabhai I felt a certain awkwardness — you know how it is. But Dad is so cool. Before we shot together he called me to his makeup van and helped me chill out. That did it.