Sanjay Dutt – A Star less ordinary!
Sanjay Dutt only son of legendary actors Nargis and Sunil Dutt probably couldn’t have asked for a more loving family and childhood, probably the only major loss that really affected and kept grieving him was the untimely demise of his mother Nargis Dutt.
While growing up in the early 1990’s I still remember the style icon and the ravishing star that he was, I mean he had some really good movies like ‘Saajan’, and of course the cult movie ‘Khalnayak’ under his belt. In the later part of his career he became known as the ‘Deadly Dutt’ given his ability to portray larger than life gangster roles on the silver screen.
When the fan’s love you they give you ‘pet’ names , and so it happened with Sanjay, he was and is still called ‘Baba’ , a funny four letter word which means both child and father in different languages.
And yes Sanjay sir has lived both, but I really sometimes wonder why couldn’t he have just a normal life of a star, his tryst with the law can only be compared to what famed boxer Rubin carter went through in his life.
Celebrities being born of simple humble backgrounds themselves have to go through hell as their privacy and social behavior is minutely criticized by the media, so one can’t even comprehend the anguish that Sanjay and his family had to go through, just because they were enveloped in stardom from childhood.
We are all are aware that there are far more heinous crimes being done in the world and they don’t come to light, but when you are a celebrity even a roadside scuffle, is bound to make headlines. Probably one can call these as shades of dark entertainment and the hefty price to pay to be a ‘star’
Dear readers, let’s not sell people’s private life’s just for the sake of sales and entertainment. With prominent dailies splashing news of something that happened twenty years ago, it only puts the family concerned through a lot of stress and pain. There has to be point beyond which we don’t proceed, a neutral ombudsman should be more effective and let these celebrities live a normal life.
I am all for justice, those who commit crime must be punished. But let’s the judiciary system decide that, not anybody else, there is a vast difference between alleging that a crime has been carried out and finally being convicted of the crime.
On 21 March 2013, The Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of actor to serve jail for 5 years, 18 months of which he already spent in jail during the trial. The actor has four weeks to surrender. The court said that the circumstances and nature of the offence was so serious that Dutt cannot be released on probation. 53-year-old Dutt, who remained confined in his 10th floor flat at ‘Imperial Heights’ at Pali Hill in suburban Bandra, said in an SMS to the media he would explore legal options available after going through the verdict.
The Bollywood community rallied behind Sanjay Dutt after the Supreme Court conviction. Actor Jaya Bachchan, who is a member of Rajya Sabha, said she would meet the governor of Maharashtra state to plead for Dutt’s cause. Film director Mahesh Bhatt tweeted: “Heart broken. Just heard that Sanjay Dutt has to go to jail for 5 years. I expected mercy! Alas it did not happen.” One of his fans, Mumbai-based Ashish Pradhan, has started an online petition appealing for the review of the verdict on the actor.
Press Council of India chief Justice Markandey Katju has appealed to Maharashtra Governor K Sankarnarayanan to pardon the actor. Katju sought pardon for Dutt under Article 161 of the Constitution saying that he had not been found guilty of having played a role in the 1993 blasts and had suffered a lot.
So, Sanjay sir (Sanju Baba) we love you, we believe that today you are a good human being and may god give you the strength and patience to go through this and come out stronger!!