Sanjay Dutt

Infobox actor
name = Sanjay Dutt

imagesize = 150px
bgcolour =
parents = Sunil Dutt
Nargis Dutt
birthdate = birth date and age|1959|7|29
birthplace =
othername = Sanju Baba
birthname = Sanjay Balraj Dutt
occupation = Actor
yearsactive = 1981-Present
spouse = Richa Sharma (1987-1996) (Deceased) Rhea Pillai (1998-2005) (Divorced) [ [ Marital woes] ] Manyata Dutt (2008-Present) [ [ Sanjay Dutt Married Again] ]
filmfareawards = Best Actor
1999 '
Best Comedian"'
2004 "Munnabhai M.B.B.S."

Sanjay Dutt (Hindi: संजय दत्त) born 29 July 1959, is an Indian Bollywood film actor. A two time Filmfare Awards winner, he is the son of Bollywood stars Sunil Dutt and Nargis. On 31 July 2007, Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to a jail term of 6 years for illegal possession of firearms acquired from terrorist acquaintances, who were responsible for the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts. On August 20, 2007, the Supreme Court of India granted him interim bail.

Sanjay Dutt is currently married to Manyata, his third wife, who he married on February 10 2008 in Mumbai. [ [ Happily Married Sanju Baba] ]


Early days

Sanjay Dutt was born to actors Nargis and Sunil Dutt. He has two sisters, Priya Dutt and Namrata Dutt (Anju). He was educated at the Lawrence School, Sanawar, near Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh state. At the age of 12 he made his first film appearance in his father's film "Reshma Aur Shera" where he had a small role as a qawwali singer.

Nargis Dutt died a few weeks before Sanjay Dutt's first film, "Rocky", was to be released. A heartbroken Dutt took to doing drugs. He sought the help from his father, and was sent to a rehab center in Texas. After attending a rehabilitation program in the United States, a sober Dutt started working in films again...

Rise as a notable actor

Sanjay Dutt acted in several successful films in the 1980s, including "Vidhaata" (1982), "Naam" (1986), and "Hathyar" (1989). He was reportedly director Subhash Ghai's first choice to play the lead in "Hero" (1983), but after witnessing Sanjay Dutt in his drug phase during the shooting of "Vidhaata", Ghai picked Jackie Shroff in his place.Sanjay Dutt married Richa Sharma in 1987 (a small-time actress discovered by Dev Anand for his film 'Hum Naujawan') who had nursed him back from a lung injury. A year later, the couple had a baby girl, Trishala. Just two months after Trishala's birth, Richa was diagnosed with cancer and the couple separated. Richa moved to United States with her daughter to live with her parents while Dutt pursued his career in Bollywood. Apparently his daughter after mutual understanding with his in-laws chose to stay in USA and is pursuing major in Criminal PsychologyFact|date=February 2008.

Sanjay Dutt resurrected his cinema career with movies like "Sadak" (1991) and "Saajan" (1991). He received his first Filmfare nomination for the best actor in a lead role, for the film "Saajan". His breakthrough role came in Subhash Ghai's "Khalnayak" (1993), which became a huge hit and gave his career a boost. He received a filmfare nomination for the film.

Arrest in 1993

The release of "Khalnayak" (1993) happened to coincide with Sanjay Dutt's arrest in connection with the 1993 Bombay bombings. He was charged of illegal possession of bomb vests and ammunition and illegal deals, which were allegedly part of the consignment used in the bombings. According to the CBI case filed in a TADA court, it was alleged that the gangster Abu Salem and his men went to Dutt's house on 16 January 1993 and gave him three AK-56 rifles, 25 hand grenades, one 9 mm pistol and cartridges. He returned two AK-56 rifles, hand grenades and cartridges to Hanif Kadawala and Samir Hingora but kept one AK-56 rifle with himself. The rifle and cartridges allegedly formed part of the consignment, which was smuggled into India at Dighi Port on 9 January 1993.

On learning that Mumbai police were looking to question Sanjay Dutt, his father asked him to immediately return from Mauritius, where he was shooting for a film. On learning of Mumbai Police's investigation about his involvement in the blasts, Dutt instructed his friends to destroy the rifle. The rifle was destroyed by Yusuf Nullawalla, Kersi Adjenia, Rusi Mulla and Ajay Marwah in accordance with Dutt's request. Dutt then called the then Mumbai Commissioner of Police and informed him of his plans to return to India immediately, where he was arrested upon landing.

Sanjay Dutt acknowledged that he personally knew the other accused, but denied the charges that he was involved with the larger conspiracy. He was arrested on 19 April 1993 (about a month after the blasts) and spent more than 18 months in Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, before being released on bail. [ Sanjay Dutt: Bollywood's bad boy] ] During this time, he received considerable support from the Indian Film Industry, as well as his fans. [ [ Sanju baba has injected glamour to blasts' trial] ] [ [ The buck stops here] ]

2006 court verdict

On 28 November 2006, a special TADA court found actor Sanjay Dutt guilty under the Arms Act of possessing an illegal weapon. Dutt had acknowledged possession of the weapon and had argued that he had obtained it to protect his family during communal riots. He was cleared, however, of the charges of terrorism and conspiracy. Judge P D Kode said of the ruling in the open court, "During my reasoning I have not found him (Sanjay) to be a terrorist." Dutt's bail has been extended a number of times since the ruling and is still in progress. [ [ Final decision on Sanju's plea on Feb 23] ] While Sanjay was cleared of terrorism charges namely the TADA Act, one of his friends who transported the AK-56 guns for Sanjay namely Baba Chouhan was found guilty under TADA Act. [ [ Three held guilty for supplying arms to Dutt-'93 blasts: The verdict-The Times of India ] ]

2007 arrest

In January 2007, a person by the name of Abhimanyu Altekar filed an Intervener's Application, which opposed Sanjay Dutt's release in the 1993 bombings case. [ [,000600010004.htm Sanjay Dutt's plea opposed, court dismisses intervening application] ] In his application to the court, Altekar argued that there was a great deal of contrast between how a court treated Sanjay Dutt's case and how a court treated a case in which Altekar himself was involved as an accused. In Altekar's case, he had been acquitted by a sessions court, 16 years after he was arrested in a false case of planting a bomb outside the house of a Marathi daily editor in 1990. Altekar compared this treatment with Sanjay Dutt's case and noted that one of the grounds of Dutt's application for seeking time to surrender was that he was the only earning member of the family and also that Sanjay Dutt was on bail for more than 12 years earning enough to make provisions for his family in case of a jail sentence. Altekar also argued that Dutt was mature enough at the time of buying illegal weapons, and did not deserve a reduced jail term. Though the intervener application filed by Altekar was eventually rejected by the court, it nevertheless raised doubt against of prosecution, the State Government of Maharashtra and the Indian Judiciary.

Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to 6 years rigorous imprisonment on 31 July 2007 by judge P.D.Kode. [ [ Sanjay Dutt gets six years in jail] ] His aide Rusi Mulla, however, was awarded probation and is under observation for one year. The media reported that Sanjay Dutt's arrest put Rs. 1.5 billion of Bollywood business at stake. Sanjay Dutt was also fined Rs. 25,000 and his probation plea was rejected. The actor, who had hoped to be freed under the Probation of Offenders Act, said with folded hands: “Sir, I made a mistake 14 years ago. Please give me some time to surrender." But the judge rejected the plea. “Act till the age of 100, I have only taken away six years," the judge said, even adding that he had liked the actor’s performances in films. Sanjay Dutt’s lawyer, Mr Satish Maneshinde, said the actor would appeal against his sentence in the Supreme Court. "We will appeal against the order in the Supreme Court. He has accepted it with a heavy heart."

A petition seeking bail and challenging the actor's conviction was filed on August 7, 2007 by Satish Maneshinde, Dutt's lawyer. The Lawyer's contention is that Dutt cannot be convicted under the Arms Act because no arms are recovered from him. The Supreme Court accepted the bail petition on August 10, 2007, issued notices to the CBI and deferred the hearing to August 20, 2007.

Yerwada Jail

On August 2, 2007, Sanjay Dutt was moved from Arthur Road jail in Mumbai to the Yerwada Jail in Pune. [cite news
url =
title = Sanjay Dutt moved to Yerwada Jail
publisher = NDTV
date = August 2, 2007
] Some journalists have noted that in 1922, Mahatma Gandhi was also sent to Yerwada Jail (in reference to Dutt's role as Munna Bhai in "Lage Raho Munna Bhai" which led to the popularization of the term "Gandhigiri" in India ) . [cite news
url =
title = Munnabhai comes face to face with making of the Mahatma
publisher = Times of India
date = August 3, 2007
] Since 2002, Yerwada jail has conducted a 'Gandhi Darshan' course in "Gandhian principles" which ends with the 'Gandhi Vichar Pariksha' exam. Dutt has agreed to take the course and the exam according to the director of the program, Asim Sarode. [cite news
url =
title = Real Gandhigiri for Sanjay at Yerawada prison
publisher = IANS
date = August 3, 2007
] , [cite news
url =
title = Lodged in Mahatma's jail, Sanju begins Gandhigiri
publisher = CNN-IBN
date = August 3, 2007


On August 20, 2007, the Supreme Court of India granted him interim bail. [ [ Bollywood hails Dutt's brief reprieve] ] He will be released after Yerawada jail authorities get a copy of the court's bail order. The bail is valid until the time the special TADA court, which sentenced Dutt on July 31, provides a copy of its judgment to him. Sanjay Dutt was released from jail on August 23 and reached his home in Mumbai on the same day. Maharashtra State prison officials said no special privileges were given to the actor during his stay in the jail. On October 22, 2007 Sanjay was back behind bars after spending 22 days on bail and is likely to apply for regular bail before the apex court and also challenge the six years sentence awarded to him by the TADA court.

Later on October 25, Sanjay Dutt approached the Supreme Court of India with a plea for a regular bail. Dutt's lawyer has argued that the apex court should grant him bail on the grounds of his conduct, and that he has never broken law in the past one decade since he was first granted bail in connection with the case.

On 27th November 2007 Sanjay Dutt has been granted bail by the Supreme Court.

Awards and nominations


*"Rocky" (1981) ... Rakesh/Rocky
*"Vidhaata" (1982) ... Kunal Singh
*"Johny I Love You" (1982)
*"Main Awara Hoon" (1983)
*"Bekaraar" (1983) ... Shyam
*"Mera Faisla" (1984) ... Raj Saxena
*"Zameen Aasmaan" (1984)
*"Jaan Ki Baazi" (1985)
*"Do Dilon Ki Dastaan" (1985) ... Vijay
*"Mera Haque" (1986) ... Prince Amar Singh
*"Jeeva" (1986) ... Jeeva/Jeevan Thakur
*"Naam" (1986) ... Vicky Kapoor
*"Naam O Nishan" (1987) ... Inspector. Suraj Singh
*"Inaam Dus Hazaar" (1987) ... Kamal
*"Imandar" (1987)
*"Mohabbat Ke Dushman" (1988) ... Hisham
*"Khatron Ke Khiladi" (1988) ... Raja
*"Kabzaa" (1988) ... Ravi Varma
*"Jeete Hain Shaan Se" (1988) ... Govinda
*"Mardon Wali Baat" (1988) ... Tinku
*"Taaqatwar" (1989) ... Inspector Sharma
*"Mohabbat Ka Paigham" (1989
*"Kanoon Apna Apna" (1989) ... Ravi
*"Hum Bhi Insaan Hain" (1989) ... Bhola
*"Hathyar" (1989) ... Avinash
*"Do Qaidi" (1989) ... Manu
*"Ilaaka" (1989) ... Inspector Suraj Verma
*"Zahreelay" (1990) ... Raaka
*"Tejaa" (1990) ... Tejaa/Sanjay
*"Khatarnaak" (1990) ... Suraj 'Sunny'
*"Jeene Do" (1990)
*"Krodh" (1990) ... Vijay (Munna)
*"Thanedaar" (1990) ... Brijesh Chandar (Birju)
*"Yodha" (1991) ... Suraj Singh
*"Sadak" (1991) ... Ravi
*"Qurbani Rang Layegi" (1991) ... Raj Kishen
*"Khoon Ka Karz" (1991)
*"Fateh" (1991)
*"Do Matwale" (1991) ... Ajay Jamesbond 009
*"Saajan" (1991) ... Aman Verma/Sagar
*"Jeena Marna Tere Sang' (1992)
*"Adharm" (1992) ... Vicky Verma
*"Sahebzaade" (1992) ... Raja
*"Sarphira" (1992) ... Suresh Sinha
*"Yalgaar" (1992) ... Vishal Singhal
*"Sahibaan" (1993) ... Prince Vijay Pal Singh
*"Khal Nayak" (1993) ... Balaram Prasad "Ballu"
*"Kshatriya" (1993) ... Vikram Singh (Mirtagarh)
*"Gumrah" (1993) ... Jagan Nath (Jaggu)
*"Zamane Se Kya Darna" (1994)
*"Insaaf Apne Lahoo Se" (1994) ... Rajoo
*"Aatish" (1994) ... Baba
*"Amaanat" (1994) ... Vijay
*"Jai Vikraanta" (1995) ... Vikranta
*"Andolan" (1995) ... Adarsh
*"Namak" (1996)
*"Vijeta" (1996) ... Ashok
*"Sanam" (1997) ... Narendra Anand
*"Mahaanta" (1997) ... Sanjay 'Sanju' Malhotra
*"Dus" (1997) ... Captain Raja Seti (Incomplete)
*"Daud" (1997) ... Nandu
*"Dushman" (1998) ... Major Suraj Singh Rathod
*"" (1999) ... Captain Karan Singh
*"Kartoos" (1999) ... Raja/Jeet Balraj
*"Safari" (1999) ... Captain Kishan
*"Haseena Maan Jaayegi" (1999) ... Sonu
*' (1999) ... Raghunath Namdev Shivalkar, Winner"' for Best Actor
*"Khoobsurat" (1999) ... Sanju (Sanjay Shastri)
*"Khauff" (2000) ... Anthony/Vicky/Babu
*"Baaghi" (2000) ... Raja
*"Chal Mere Bhai" (2000) ... Vicky Oberoi
*"Jung" (2000) ... Balli
*"Mission Kashmir" (2000) ... SSP Inayat Khan , Winner for Critics Best Actor

*"Kurukshetra" (2000) ... A.C.P Prithviraj Singh
*"Raju Chacha' (2000) ... Gafoor
*"Jodi No.1" (2001) ... Jai
*"Pitaah" (2002) ... Rudra
*"Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin" (2002) ... Munna Bhai
*"Yeh Hai Jalwa" (2002) (uncredited) ... Shera (special appearance)
*"Maine Dil Tujhko Diya" (2002) ... Bhai-Jaan
*"Hathyar" (2002) ... Rohit Raghunath Shivalkar/Raghunath Namdev Shivalkar
*"Annarth" (2002) ... Iqbal Danger
*"Kaante" (2002) ... Jay Rehan 'Ajju'
*"Ek Aur Ek Gyarah" (2003) ... Sitara
*"LOC Kargil" (2003) ... Lt. Col. Y.K. Joshi
*"Munnabhai M.B.B.S." (2003) ... Murli Prasad Sharma (Munna Bhai), Winner for Best Comedian
*"Plan" (2004) ... Mussabhai
*"Rudraksh" (2004) ... Varun
*"Deewaar" (2004) ... Khan
*"" (2004) ... Rahul
*"Musafir" (2004) ... Billa
*"Shabd" (2005) ... Shaukat Vashisht
*"Tango Charlie" (2005) ... Squadron Leader Vikram Rathore
*"Parineeta" (2005) ... Girish Babu
*"Dus" (2005) ... S Dheer
*"Viruddh... Family Comes First" (2005) ... Ali
*"Shaadi No. 1" (2005) ... Lukhwinder Singh (Lucky)
*"Ek Ajnabee" (2005) ... Special Appearance (Song)
*"Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!" (2005) ... Yamaraj M.A.
*"Zinda" (2006) ... Balajeet Roy
*"Tathastu" (2006) ... Ravi Rajput
*"Anthony Kaun Hai" (2006) ... Master Madan
*"Lage Raho Munna Bhai" (2006) ... Murli Prasad Sharma (Munna Bhai)
*"" (2007) ... Pannalal Chohaar (inspector)
*"Nehlle Pe Dehlla" (2007) ... Johnny
*"Sarhad Paar" (2007) ... Ranjeet Singh
*"Shootout at Lokhandwala" (2007) ... Shamsher Khan
*"Dhamaal" (2007) ....Kabir Nayak
*"Om Shanti Om" (2007) ... Special appearance in song, "Deewangi Deewangi"
*"Dus Kahaniyan"(2007) ... Baba
*"Woodstock Villa ( Special Appearance in item number "Kyun") (Released on May 23)
*"Mehbooba (2008)... shravan
*"Kidnap (2008)... Vikrant RainaMunna Bhai Chale Amerika (2009 film)



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