Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence

Updated: July 29, 2013 12:52 IST

Sanjay Dutt was born on July 29, 1959, to two of the greatest actors of Hindi cinema – Sunil Dutt and Nargis.

Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Sanjay Dutt was born on July 29, 1959, to two of the greatest actors of Hindi cinema – Sunil Dutt and Nargis.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Being from a filmi background, it wasn't surprising that Sanju baba got an early dose of fame. As a child actor, he made a brief appearance as a qawwali singer along side his father in the 1972 film Reshma Aur Shera.

Sanjay Dutt was born on July 29, 1959, to two of the greatest actors of Hindi cinema – Sunil Dutt and Nargis.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Dutt's first big setback came when his mother Nargis passed away just a few days before the premiere of his debut film Rocky.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Rocky, which released in 1981, went on to become a blockbuster, but Dutt couldn't enjoy the success since he was grieving his mother's death.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
The troubled times continued for Dutt as depression caused the youngster to turn to drugs. He even spent a few months in jail in 1982 over illegal drug possession. A worried Sunil Dutt sent him to a rehabilitation centre in Texas, United States.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
A few years after his rehab, Dutt revived his sinking career with a much-admired performance in Mahesh Bhatt's critically-acclaimed Naam (1986).

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
On the personal front as well, things brightened for Dutt. He found love in actress Richa Sharma and the two tied the knot in 1987.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Dutt and Sharma's daughter Trishala was born in 1988 and all seemed well for a while.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Tragedy was to strike Dutt's life again through. Sharma was diagnosed with brain tumour, and passed away a few years later.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Meanwhile, in 1993, he turned from reel Khalnayak to real Khalnayak. The controversial actor was arrested for illegal possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai bombings. His links with the underworld were also exposed.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
If reports are to be believed Dutt was then in a relationship with Madhuri Dixit, but the latter distanced herself from the controversial actor following his arrest.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Dutt had to spend 18 months behind bars, as Sunil Dutt ran from pillar to post to get him out of jail. Ironically, as Dutt spent time behind bars, his film Khalnayak (1993), in which he plays a criminal, went on to become a massive box-office success.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
The actor was finally granted bail in 1995, and walked out of jail looking a pale shadow of his original self.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Post his prison stint, Dutt gave another shot at bringing his professional career back on track, but his movies failed to do well.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
In the meantime, he married model Rhea Pillai in 1998.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
His on-screen luck changed soon after marriage. Vaastav (1999), in which Dutt portrays an underworld don with great conviction, proved to be a turning point in his career.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Things got even better for Dutt when four years later he starred in Munna Bhai MBBS (2003), as the affectionate goon who wants to become a doctor! Dutt's portrayal in the Rajkumar Hirani film led to a 360 degree change in his on-screen persona. He had gone from being the bad boy to an adorable and charming guy.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Dutt reprised his role in Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), and the acclaim this time was only higher. This was the peak phase of his career.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Things weren't as smooth on his personal front though. His marriage with Rhea hit the rocks and the two separated in 2005.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
His past also came back to haunt him as Dutt was sentenced to six years' rigorous imprisonment in July 2007 in connection with the 1993 case. He spend a few days in jail before being granted temporary freedom (bail).

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Dutt fell in love for the third time and married small-time actress Dilnawaz Sheikh, better known as Manyata, in 2008.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
In October 2010, the couple was blessed with twins – a boy and a girl.

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
Things finally seemed to be on the way up for Dutt. He also tasted success at the box office with movies like Double Dhamaal (2011), Agneepath (2012) and Son of Sardaar (2012).

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Sanjay Dutt: a troubled existence
As always though, with Dutt, the good times did not last long. In March 2013, the Supreme Court sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment. Dutt surrendered in May and has since been serving his prison sentence at Yerwada Jail in Pune.

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