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Sanjay Dutt (born July 29, 1959) is one of the top actors in Bollywood . He is the son of late Bollywood actors Nargis and Sunil Dutt. His fans often affectionately call him Sanju Baba. After the mega success of his Munna Bhai movies, many of his fans have started calling him Munna Bhai.



Film Career

He made his acting debut in the film Rocky in 1981 which was directed by his father. Though Rocky was a hit it did not establish him as a star.

He steadily began to build his career, and he had many hits such as Naam, Kabzaa, Hathyar, Sadak and Saajan. His breakthrough role finally came in Subhash Ghai's 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 convincing portrayal of the villainous role in the film gave his career a much needed boost and a filmfare nomination for best actor. Khalnayak went on to become a huge hit also partly because of the use of a popular song in the film "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai".

Dutt retained his macho image after being released from jail and built on his steady fan following. Over the last 10 years, he has matured as an actor, with action, gangster and comedy roles being his forte. His performances in Vaastav, Mission Kashmir and 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 (Director) formed a production company called White Feather Films. They have produced films such as Kaante, Musafir and Zinda in which Sanjay played the lead role. He has also excelled in comic roles in Munnabhai MBBS, Shaadi No. 1 and Lage Raho Munna Bhai etc.

Personal life

Sanjay Dutt. Tragedy seems to love Dutt and Dutt often seems to be actively courting tragedy. Despite getting into trouble with the law, Dutt has maintained his huge fan following, Perhaps the two main reasons that fans love this troubled star is his ability to survive and fight through the deepest tragedies of his life, and the exemplary respect that the common man in India has for both of his parents. After every setback he has managed to survive. Everytime he has gone to the brink of absolute destruction, he has miraculously and sometimes unbelivably managed to claw back. Still what would amaze anyone following Dutt's life and career, is the bizzare and almost unthinkable love and affection that his fans and general public have for him. Anyone who is accused of being a terrorist and accused of being of involved in a crime which killed hundreds and injured thousands would be ridiculed, especially someone who has lived his entire life in the constant glare of the media. But perhaps that is exactly what saved Dutt, his kind heartedness,his do gooder and extremely gulible nature was seen by the public through the media over the years, which perhaps led them to believe that Sanjay Dutt is not a bad man at heart. And such sentiments also seem to be reserved for Dutt only. Bollywood megastar, Salman Khan has had his brush with the law, but the public never seems to back him as much as they back Dutt. The general population in a strange way seems to believe that after all he's gone through his life, Sanjay Dutt has just about suffered enough.

Sanju Baba's problems started while he was still in high school. He took up drugs, probably as he could'nt handle the pressure of being the son of one of India's most well known and superstar parents. His drug problems were huge enough to worsen his mother's health who was already diagnosed with cancer. Nargis Dutt died a few weeks before his first film was to be released. A heartbroken Dutt took to doing more durgs, but managed to reach out to his father who sent him just in time,to a rehab center in Texas, on reaching New York, Dutt suffered from a collapsed lung. After attending a rehabilitation program in the United States, a sober Dutt started working in films again. He married Richa Sharma, who had nursed him back from his Lung injury and the couple had a child a year later, but almost immediately Dutt learned that his wife had brain tumor. His wife's death just a couple of months after the birth of their daughter, was followed by a bitter custody battle between Dutt and his in-laws over the custody of his only daughter, which Dutt lost. After working hard at resurrecting his career with the mega hit "Saajan" and his first Filmfare nomination for the best actor in a lead role, Dutt found that the Mumbai Police had filed a charge against the actor for his alleged involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bombings. After being arrested, Dutt spent more than 18 months in Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. Once he was released from jail, Dutt married Rhea Pillai but the marriage did not last too long and the couple divorced in 2005 after spending the last few years apart. His father Sunil Dutt, died in May 2005. Sunil Dutt was the sports minister of India at the time of his death.

Trivia

Is an insomniac
Gets uncomfortable in crowded places
Has a "Never Give In" sticker on his car from his days at Lawrence School, Sanawar[1]
His fans Fondly call him "Sanju Baba"
Various Sections of Fans, Media and Tabloids often refer to him as the "Deadly Dutt"
The 6'2 hulking actor is the inspiration for professional wrestler Sonjay Dutt's stage name
During his time in jail, he was beaten up by the police during his interrogation.(2nd degree)
Is considered to be the Original Bad Boy of the Indian Film Industry
Has figured in all editions of the India Today - Top 10 List of the Most influential Bollywood personalities
Has a daughter (by his marriage to his first wife) named Trishla who lives in New York with her grandparents. No Children by his marriage to Socialite Rhea Pillay
His sister Anju (Namrata Dutt) is married to Actor Kumar Gaurav (son of superstar of yesteryears Ranjendra Kumar.)
His sister priya contested for and won from from her father's constituency and is now a member of parliament
Has been romantically linked to many of his co stars like Rekha,Tina Munim, Madhuri Dixit, etc
His peers are among his biggest fans, Salman Khan, Zayed Khan, Fardeen Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and many more look up to Dutt as an icon
His ex wife Reha Pillay, is reportedly married to Indian Tennis Star Leander Paes, the couple had a child in early 2006
He was the First Choice to play the lead in Subhash Ghai's "Hero", but after witnessing Sanjy Dutt in his drug phase during the shooting of "Vidhataa", Ghai picked Jackie Shroff.

Awards and nominations

Filmfare Awards

1992: Nomination, Best Actor for Saajan
1994: Nomination, Best Actor for Khal Nayak
2000: Winner, Best Actor for Vaastav: The Reality
2001: Nomination, Best Actor for Mission Kashmir
2003: Nomination, Best Supporting Actor for Kaante
2004: Winner, Best Comedian for Munnabhai M.B.B.S.
2006: Nomination, Best Supporting Actor for Parineeta

Awards of the International Indian Film Academy

2000: Winner, in category "Award for Artistic Excellence, Actor in a leading role" for Vaastav: The Reality
2001: Nomination, Best Actor for Mission Kashmir


Star Screen Awards

2000: Winner, Best Actor for Vaastav: The Reality
2001: Nomination, Best Actor for Kurukshetra & winner, Best Supporting Actor for Mission Kashmir
2004: Nomination, Best Actor for Munnabhai M.B.B.S.
2005: Nomination, Best Supporting Actor for Deewaar

Stardust Awards

2004: Winner, Stardust Star of the Year Award - Male, Munnabhai M.B.B.S.


Filmography

Anthony Kaun Tha (2007) ... (announced) ... Master Madan
Untitled Soham Shah Project (2007) ... (announced)
Happy New Year (2007) ... Shaghal (announced)
Shootout at Lokhandwala (2006) ... (announced)
Jaan Ki Baazi (2006) (post-production)
Nehle Pe Dehla (2006) (pre-production) ... Johnny
Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2006) (post-production)
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) ... Murli Prasad Sharma (Munna Bhai)
Anthony kaun Hai (2006) ... Master Madan
Tathastu (2006) ...
Zinda (2006) ... Balajeet Roy
Sarhad Paar (2006) (post-production) ... Ranjeet Singh
Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse (2005) (post-production)
Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (2005) ... Yamaraj M.A.
Ek Ajnabee (2005) ... Special Appearance (Song)
Shaadi No. 1 (2005) ... Lukhwinder Singh (Lucky)
Viruddh... Family Comes First (2005) ... Ali
Dus (2005) ... S Dheer
Parineeta (2005) ... Girish Babu
Tango Charlie (2005) ... Squadron Leader Vikram Rathore
Shabd (2005) ... Lead Role
Musafir (2004) ... Billa
Rakht: What If You Can See the Future (2004) ... Rahul
Deewaar (2004) ... Khan
Rudraksh (2004) ... Varun
Plan (2004) ... Mussabhai
Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003) ... Murli Prasad Sharma (Munna Bhai), Winner for Best Comedian
LOC Kargil (2003) ... Lt. Col. Y.K. Joshi
Ek Aur Ek Gyarah (2003) ... Sitara
Kaante (2002) ... Jay Rehan 'Ajju'
Annarth (2002) ... Iqbal Danger
Hathyar (2002) ... Rohit Raghunath Shivalkar
Maine Dil Tujhko Diya (2002) ... Bhai-Jaan
Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002) (uncredited) ... Shera (special appearance)
Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (2002) ... Munna Bhai
Pitaah (2002) ... Rudra
Jodi No.1 (2001) ... Jai
Raju Chacha' (2000) ... Gafoor
Kurukshetra (2000) ... A.C.P Prithviraj Singh
Mission Kashmir (2000) ... SSP Inayat Khan
Jung (2000) ... Balli
Chal Mere Bhai (2000) ... Vicky Oberoi
Baaghi (2000) ... Raja
Khauff (2000) ... Anthony/Vicky/Babu
Khoobsurat (1999) ... Sanju (Sanjay Shastri)
Vaastav: The Reality (1999) ... Raghunath Namdev Shivalkar, Winner for Best Actor
Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999) ... Sonu
Safari (1999) ... Captain Kishan
Kartoos (1999) ... Raja/Jeet Balraj
Daag: The Fire (1999) ... Captain Karan Singh
Dushman (1998) ... Major Suraj Singh Rathod
Daud (1997) ... Nandu
Mahaanta (1997) ... Sanjay 'Sanju' Malhotra
Sanam (1997) ... Narendra Anand
Vijeta (1996) ... Ashok
Namak (1996)
Andolan (1995) ... Adarsh
Jai Vikraanta (1995) ... Vikranta
Amaanat (1994) ... Vijay
Aatish (1994) ... Baba
Insaaf Apne Lahoo Se (1994) ... Rajoo
Zamane Se Kya Darna (1994)
Gumrah (1993) ... Jagan Nath (Jaggu)
Kshatriya (1993) ... Vikram Singh (Mirtagarh)
Khal Nayak (1993) ... Balaram Prasad "Ballu"
Sahibaan (1993) ... Prince Vijay Pal Singh
Yalgaar (1992) ... Vishal Singhal
Sarphira (1992) ... Suresh Sinha
Sahebzaade (1992) ... Raja
Adharm (1992) ... Vicky Verma
Jeena Marna Tere Sang' (1992)
Saajan (1991) ... Aman Verma/Sagar
Do Matwale (1991) ... Ajay Jamesbond 009
Fateh (1991)
Khoon Ka Karz (1991)
Qurbani Rang Layegi (1991) ... Raj Kishen
Sadak (1991) ... Ravi
Yodha (1991) ... Suraj Singh
Thanedaar (1990) ... Brijesh Chandar (Birju)
Krodh (1990) ... Vijay (Munna)
Jeene Do (1990)
Khatarnaak (1990) ... Suraj 'Sunny'
Tejaa (1990) ... Tejaa/Sanjay
Zahreelay (1990) ... Raaka
Ilaaka (1989) ... Inspector Suraj Verma
Do Qaidi (1989) ... Manu
Hathyar (1989) ... Avinash
Hum Bhi Insaan Hain (1989) ... Bhola
Kanoon Apna Apna (1989) ... Ravi
Mohabbat Ka Paigham (1989
Taaqatwar (1989) ... Inspector Sharma
Mardon Wali Baat (1988) ... Tinku
Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988) ... Govinda
Kabzaa (1988) ... Ravi Varma
Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988) ... Raja
Mohabbat Ke Dushman (1988) ... Hisham
Imandar (1987)
Inaam Dus Hazaar (1987)
Naam O Nishan (1987) ... Inspector. Suraj Singh
Naam (1986) ... Vicky Kapoor
Jeeva (1986) ... Jeeva/Jeevan Thakur
Mera Haque (1986) ... Prince Amar Singh
Do Dilon Ki Dastaan (1985) ... Vijay
Jaan Ki Baazi (1985)
Zameen Aasmaan (1984)
Mera Faisla (1984) ... Raj Saxena
Bekaraar (1983) ... Shyam
Main Awara Hoon (1983)
Johnny I Love You (1982)
Vidhaata (1982) ... Kunal Singh
Rocky (1981) ... Rakesh/Rocky
Reshma Aur Shera (1971) ... Qawalli singer (child artist)


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