He has fought battles with drug abuse, faced a jail term and has had a tumultuous personal life, but Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt says that there are many lessons he has learnt and that his “innocence” is intact. Sanjay, who made a rollicking debut in Bollywood with “Rocky” in 1981, put his personal life in jeopardy through drug addiction, and his life took a turn for the worse when he was arrested for illegal possession of weapons and was convicted.
What has he learnt from the dark years of his life? “A lot... I learnt a lot. I was innocent then, I am still innocent, but there are some life lessons learnt,” Sanjay told IANS in an interview ahead of the forthcoming release of Hindi film “Bhoomi”, his first after being released from jail last year.
The 58-year old actor was arrested for illegal possession of arms in a case related to the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, in which over 250 people were killed and several hundred were wounded.
A father of three, Sanjay says the present times are frightening for parents who constantly have a reason to worry about the security of their children. “Bhoomi“ has a father-daughter theme, and Sanjay expressed concern about how vulnerable he feels as a parent considering the rise in the number of crimes against girls.
Known for movies like “Naam”, “Sadak”, “Khalnayak”, “Vaastav” and “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S”, Sanjay has a daughter named Trishala, whom he had with his first wife Richa Sharma who died of brain tumour in New York in 1996. He also has twins -- a boy named Shahraan and a girl named Iqra -- with his third wife Maanyata Dutt.
Directed by National Award-winning Omung Kumar of “Mary Kom” fame, “Bhoomi” features Aditi Rao Hydari as Sanjay's onscreen daughter. “The film talks about the special bonding of a parent and a child. It's a special story about everything that I believe in -- women's empowerment and gender equality. And Omung is a fantastic director, Aditi is a very good actress... The whole shooting was superb,” he said.
Source: Hindustan Times