The time when Sanjay Dutt didn’t feel like returning to India
Sanjay Dutt has never shied away and has always been open about his dark phase of drug addiction and rehabilitation. In fact, he was one of the first actors to admit that he was addicted to drugs. A long struggle and some horrifying incidents later, he finally made up his mind to quit this addiction. Last year, the actor had walked free from Pune’s Yerawada Jail after completing his prison term, following his conviction in the year 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. Leaving his traumatic past behind, the actor is now gearing up for the release of his big screen comeback with his upcoming film ‘Bhoomi’. But, recently we came across a revelation that left us surprised and shocked, both at the same time. The actor who is now looking forward to start his new innings as a performer had once thought of quitting the film industry and he even didn’t feel like returning to India. Yes! You read that right.
This thought came to him at the age of 24 years when he was actually restarting his life after getting treated for his drug abuse. While speaking to host Simi Garewal in her celebrity talk show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’, the actor opened up about that phase, when after his treatment he decided to settled down in Austin, Texas. (Also Read:When Sanjay Dutt gave Rs 2 jail coupons to his sisters on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan)
He said on the show, “Actually when I finished my treatment, I told dad that whatever little money I had in the bank, I wanted it transfer to America. I had met this guy in rehab, his name was Bill, very very rich man. I went to Austin, Texas with him and they have got this ranch, so he and me were getting into a partnership to raise long cattle and sell beef. And my father came and he says, ‘Son, I mean I can understand that you don’t want to come back but for my sake come back, for my respect, come back’.”
“No I didn’t (wanted to come back to India), I told Dad, I said that I give myself a year, if nothing happens then I am going back to Austin, Texas. And I had two months left and this guy Pappu Verma, he is a fight master, he came and said that I want to do a film with you. I said that you can’t do a film with me because in two months I am going. So he said I’ll complete it in two months. And I did it and I am stuck,” added the actor.
When Simi Garewal asked him the reason that why he didn’t want to come back to his house. Sanjay said, “I found that life was much better in America. I saw the beautiful openness, just raising cattle and on horseback and here I got stuck in this.”
Indeed, we are glad that Sanjay Dutt got stuck and never left the film industry, or else we wouldn’t have got our very own loved Baba.
Check out the full interview of Sanjay Dutt below:
When Sanjay Dutt didn't wake up for two days after taking drugs
Sunil and Nargis Dutt’s son, Sanjay Dutt‘s life has been a roller-coaster ride. Born in 1959, Sanjay Dutt’s life has always been under the media scanner. Though we know how eventful his life has been, after watching the trailer of his upcoming biopic ‘Sanju’, we all were quite surprised to know certain things about the various phases of this actor’s life. The film will apparently highlight all the highs and lows of Sanjay Dutt’s life in which his addiction to drugs will also form an integral part.
We came across an old video interview of the actor with veteran actress Simi Garewal from her show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’. In this interview, the actor spilled the beans on how badly his life got affected by his addiction to drugs. He went on to narrate an incidence where he once sniffed Heroin and went on to sleep for straight two days! (Also Read:‘Sanju’: Rajkumar Hirani recreates a scene from ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’ after 15 years!)
Sanjay woke up in the morning next day feeling extremely hungry. He asked his servant to make something for him but was shocked to see his servant cry. When Sanjay asked him why he was crying, the servant told him that he had woken up after two long days. This specific incident had left his entire family scared. After this episode, the actor understood that it was time to wake up and smell the coffee before it gets too late.
You can check out his full interview below:
The actor later went into rehabilitation and came out clean. ‘Sanju’, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has Ranbir Kapoor playing Sanjay Dutt. Also starring Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala in pivotal roles, the film is all set to hit the silver screens on June 29. Till then stay tuned for more such interesting stories.
Ranbir Kapoor gave these many retakes for a scene in 'Saawariya'
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the word perfection go hand in hand. The man is extremely particular when it comes to his film and takes care of even the minutest details in every scene. This is also the reason why most of his films are blockbusters. One of the actors who was privileged enough to work with this man is none other than Ranbir Kapoor. Mr Kapoor made his Bollywood debut with SLB’s directorial ‘Saawariya’. Though the movie did not work wonders at the box office, it did give a fair amount of recognition to Ranbir.
In a recent interaction with senior journalist Anupama Chopra, the actor recalled his ‘Saawariya’ days and spoke about the no. of retakes he had to deliver for one particular scene in the song ‘Jab Se Tere Naina.’ (Also Read:In Pics: Lovebirds Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt visit Sanjay Dutt’s residence)
The actor said,” I started with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and he doesn’t do anything less than 45 takes. So even if I had to turn my head, I probably had to give 50 takes. There was a shot in this so-called ‘towel song’ Jab Se Tere Naina, where I had to roll back on this chair and fall down and the towel had to fall in a certain way with my leg showing and there was one shot where I was lying down laughing and I had to get up and sing a song and he’s very particular about what beat you catch, he’s a very musical director – you fall on this beat, you lift your head here, you laugh here – everything is musical. I did 45 or 50 takes one day and my back really broke. The next morning when I came back, he said, ‘No, I’ve not got it’ and I had to do another 70 takes.”
Well, that is something huge but then if you wish to get appreciation from a man like Bhansali, you ought to put in that much amount of effort.