Sanjay Dutt: 8 unknown facts

Here we bring you 8 unknown facts about Bollywood's Munna Bhai

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt (Photo Courtesy: IANS)
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt (Photo Courtesy: IANS)

Subhash K Jha

Here we bring you eight unknown facts about Bollywood's Munna Bhai

1. Sanjay Dutt was an unabashed Mama’s Boy. Mother Nargis was so blinded by her love for her son that she regularly protected him from his disciplinarian father’s wrath. She would tell Sunil Dutt that their son was sleeping in his room when he was partying all night.

2. Nargis’ death shattered Sanjay. She died days before her beloved son made his debut as a leading man in Rocky. A seat was left vacant between Sanjay and his father at Rocky’s premiere to honour the woman they loved the most.

3. Contrary to popular belief SD’s debut film Rocky was not a hit. At the most it was an average earner. But R D Burman’s songs specially Aa dekhe zara and Kya yehi pyar hai are hummed to this day. Funnily Aa dekhe zara pitched smooth-dancer Shakti Kapoor against two-left-feet Sanjay Dutt on the dancefloor. Dutt to his own embarrassment, even won the dance competition.

4. Nargis Dutt fell fatally ill during the shooting of Rocky. Sunil Dutt had to hand over the directorial reins to his friend Raj Khosla and look after his dying wife. The two had worked together in Mera Saaya. It was Khosla who shot for the climax of Rocky.

5. After his mother’s death Sanjay Dutt went into a deep drugged depression. He was out of circulation for two years and had to start his career from scratch on his return. After a his return, he had a string of flops like Johnny I Love You, Bekaraar, Main Awaara Hoon, Mera Faisla. The only film that worked in this period was Vidhaata. But not because of Sanjay Dutt who confessed he had no idea what he was doing in the film.

6. Naam in 1986 finally consolidated Dutt’s position as a major star. Ironically, the film was produced by Rajendra Kumar whose son Kumar Gaurav is married to Sanjay Dutt's sister. Naam did not benefit Gaurav in any way but turned Dutt into a superstar.

7. Sanjay Dutt played blind in just one film Dushman. His friend Mahesh Manjrekar wanted to cast Dutt and Kareena Kapoor in Ek Anokhi Prem Kahani a love story about a blind man in love with a woman he has never seen. After Dushman, Manjrekar shelved the idea.

8. Sanjay Dutt sang in his own voice in Sanjay Chhel’s Khubsoorat. The song Ae shibani was filmed on Dutt and Urmila Matondkar. Dutt talks about the song till date. He loves to sing and has recorded a duet with Asha Bhosle for a private album.

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