New Delhi: The big-hearted daddy of Bollywood, more fondly known as Sanju Baba, turns 52 today. So is yet another party in the offing? Unlikely as he is off to Thailand for the shoot of ‘Rascals’. It is likely that Dutt’s family might join him.

Known to be a family person, this deadly dude just cannot do without his near and dear ones. He must have got this through his genes being the son of Sunil Dutt. At the age of 52, Sanjay Dutt’s life has come a full circle. From Rocky to Munnabhai, Sanjay Dutt has witnessed the highest highs and lowest lows of life, be it his personal life or his filmy career. But never has the actor given up. Bouncing back every time life gave him a punch, the cute little son of Nargis has learnt to give back to life with a thumping punch.

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Controversy’s favourite child

Sanjay Dutt has been controversy’s favourite child. The muscular, droopy-eyed screen hero, Bollywood experts say, found it difficult to handle the pressures of being the son of one of India`s superstar couples- Bollywood actors Sunil Dutt, a Hindu, and mother Nargis, a Muslim. A former drug addict, he has led a troubled and well-publicised private life, but his fans have stood by him.

His problems started early in life as he is known to have taken to drugs while still in high school. When his mother died shortly before the release of his first film as a lead actor in 1981, his addiction apparently worsened.

Sanjay Dutt returned to films after a stint at a rehabilitation centre in the United States where he met his future wife, Richa Sharma. The couple married and had a child, but Sanjay’s happiness remained short-lived as Richa Sharma died of a brain tumour. More misfortune awaited Sanjay as he lost custody of his daughter, Trishala, after a bitter legal wrangle with his in-laws and many of his films bombed.

But just when he seemed to be putting it all behind him and came up with a hit film, he was linked to the 1993 bombings and jailed during investigations. Released from jail, Sanjay remarried model Rhea Pillai in 1998, but the couple divorced in 2005, the same year his father, who had become a Union Minister, died of a heart attack.

In a country where the combination of pedigree and clout often leads to a bending of the rules, the actor- known as `Deadly Dutt` for his macho image and portrayal of gangsters and the anti-hero- has truly been controversy`s child.

In 2001, he was investigated for alleged money-laundering deals between the Mumbai underworld and Bollywood. He was also alleged to have been caught in a taped conversation with gangsters accused of kidnapping, extortion and murder. But uncannily, he has retained popular support and sympathy from Bollywood as most see him as a sober, good-hearted man whose troublesome youth refuses to leave him.

In fact, he has found more fame in the past few years, particularly after he starred in a film about a do-gooder gangster ‘Munnabhai MBBS’. Its sequel ‘Lage Rago Munnabhai’ had him espousing Indian freedom hero Gandhi`s non-violent principles.

From Rocky to Munnabhai

Not many might know that Sanju Baba started his filmy career at the age of 12 in his dad’s film Reshma Aur Shera. In the film he appears briefly as a qawwali singer.

Like any other star son, he too was launched by his father Sunil Dutt in the film ‘Rocky’ in 1981. He was paired opposite Tina Munim in the film and soon after stories about their heated romance started doing the rounds. However, the relationship didn’t last long as Tina Munim left him for a much older Rajesh Khanna.

After Rocky, he acted in many films but unluckily they failed to catapult Sanjay to the top position. He acted in many films including Vidhata, Jeeva, Naam and Taaqatwar. Finally, luck favoured him and his 1991 films Sadak and Saajan were a massive hit. He was even nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award for Saajan. Gradually as things started falling in place for the Junior Dutt and he gave one of the most hit films in his career ‘Khalnayak’ in 1993, the Bombay blast controversy cropped up. His filmy career went into a dormant stage. Post-jail period Sanjay once again struggled hard to set the box-office on fire. It was only after a few flop film like Daud (1997), Sanjay made a strong and successful comeback with films like Daag –The Fire (1999) and Vaastav (1999). He then went on to do successful comedy films along with co-star Govinda in Jodi No 1 and Haseena Maan Jayegi.

The golden period in Sanjay Dutt’s career started in 2003 when he took up the film Munnabhai MBBS. Interestingly, Sanjay Dutt was not the first choice for the role, it was Shahrukh Khan. But as the filmy line goes, ‘character character par likha hain actor ka naam…’ the role of Munnabhai fell in his lap. His amazing comic timing and sense just swept the audience off their feet.
Sanjay Dutt just got better with age. Growing age cannot shade his macho-man personality and he still looks like a super cool hero. During 2005 to 2010 he did lot of films and he got several nominations and awards. Now, he is all set to make his debut as a producer with the films Rascals and Khotey Sikkey under the banner of Sanjay Dutt Productions Pvt Ltd.

Finally, destiny seems to be smiling on this deadly Dutt. Having married Manyata (also known as Dilnawaz Sheikh) in 2008, Sanjay Dutt has left his past life behind. He became a father when Manyata gave birth to twins in 2010- a boy named Shahraan and girl named Iqra.

A beacon of inspiration to the many youths, this Rocky knows how to give a jadoo ki jhappi to life to ward away the ‘Blue’. Aptly said by journalist Sharin Wader, "when you're in trouble, turn to Munnabhai." Wishing this deadly Dutt all the best and a warm jhappi on his birthday from Jagranpost team.

Filmfare Awards

2000: Winner, Best Actor for Vaastav: The Reality
2004: Winner, Best Comedian for Munnabhai MBBS
 Star Screen Awards
2000: Winner, Best Actor for Vaastav: The Reality
2001: Winner, Best Supporting Actor for Mission Kashmir
International Indian Film Academy Awards
2000: Winner, in category "Award for Artistic Excellence, Actor in a leading role" for Vaastav: The Reality
2010: Winner, Best Performance in a Comic Role for All the Best [2]
Global Indian Film Awards
2006: Winner, Global Indian Film Awards, Critics Choice Awards - Best Actor (Male) for Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Stardust Awards
2004: Winner, Stardust Star of the Year Award - Male, Munnabhai M.B.B.S.
2007: Winner, Stardust Star of the Year Award - Male, Lage Raho Munnabhai
Zee Cine Awards
2001: Winner, Zee Premiere Choice- Male for Mission Kashmir
2007: Winner, Zee Cine Awards Critics Awards - Best Actor (Male) Critics Awards for Lage Raho Munnabhai
Bollywood Movie Awards
2003: Winner, Bollywood Movie Award - Critics Award Male for Kaante
2004: Winner, Bollywood Movie Award - Most Sensational Actor for Munnabhai M.B.B.S.
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards
2004: Winner, BFJA Awards, Best Actor for Munnabhai M.B.B.S.
Other awards
2004: Winner Celebrity Style Male at the Bollywood Fashion Awards

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