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Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt (born July 29, 1959) is a Bollywood megastar. He is the son of late Bollywood actors Nargis and Sunil Dutt. He has two younger sisters, and a daughter who resides in New York. He had two wives; one died of cancer and the other, Rhea Pillai, he divorced.

Film Career

He made his acting debut in the film Rocky, 1981 the year that his mother passed away. Though the film was a hit it did not establish him as a star. He steadly began to build his career, and he had many hits such as Saajan, Daag The Fire, Haseena Maan Jayengi and his breakthrough role Khalnayak. The release of Khalnayak happened to coincide with Dutt's arrest in connection with the 1993 Mumbai Bombings. The hype surrounding the event and his villainous role in the film gave him a much needed career boost and a filmfare nomination for best actor.

Dutt retained his macho image after being relased from jail and built on his steady fan following. Over the last 5 years, he has matured as an actor, with action and comedy being his forte. The 2004 hit Munnabhai M.B.B.S. earned him rave reviews. His performance as a gangster in Vaastav earned him almost all the top awards that the industry has to offer, further cementing his place as one of the best actors in the Indian Film Industry.

He along with friend and director Sanjay Gupta formed a production company called White Feather Films. They have produced films such as Kaante and Musafir.

Personal life

Despite getting into trouble with the law, Dutt has maintained his huge fan following. His mother died a few weeks before his first film was to be released, following which he took up drugs. After attending a rehabilitation program in the United States, a sober Dutt learned that his wife had cancer. Her death was followed by a bitter custody battle between Dutt and his in-laws over the custody of his only daughter.

It is at this time that he was linked to the March 12, 1993 bombings of Mumbai. Dutt spent over a year in jail, during which time, public sympathy for the ill fated actor reached a crescendo. Dutt was charged in connection with the bombings that killed over 200 people, but was exonerated by the Government and Law enforcement agencies.

His father Sunil Dutt, died in May 2005. Sunil Dutt was the sports minister of India at the time of his death.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Sanjay Dutt Facts

BirthdayJuly 29, 1959 (63)

Selected Filmography

The Rascals
Shootout at Lokhandwala
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Jeena Marna Tere Sang
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