Sanjay Dutt turns 55!

By Ritika Handoo | Last Updated: Jul 29, 2014, 11:06 AM IST

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New Delhi: This Bollywood actor has never witnessed a smooth-sailing life per say. His journey has always been full of road blocks. No prize for guessing that we are indeed referring to none other than Sanjay Dutt. Yes, the actor who is often reckoned with a lot many successful films in Hindi cinema, is currently leading a tough battle in Yerawada prison, Pune. On his birthday, let`s take a look at his journey so far.

The son of legendary actor-parents—Sunil Dutt and Nargis, Sanju (as he is fondly called) stormed the nation with his début performance in the 1981 film `Rocky`. The 55-year-old actor had no looking back after his first outing at the Box Office. He starred in a number of films, which fetched him stardom instantly. Movies such as `Vidhaata`, `Jeete Hain Shaan Se`, `Naam`, `Kabzaa` and 1989 J.P. Dutta film `Hathyar` were some of the films which got him critical as well as commercial success.

In early 90s, films such as `Sadak` and `Saajan` made Dutt a household name and proved his acting versatility. It was Subhash Ghai`s `Khal Nayak` which made him immensely popular in a grey character. However, before its release, Dutt was arrested, charged with involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

What followed post that incident was a roller-coaster ride for the actor. Apart from his professional life being hit by this sudden arrest, Dutt`s personal life too was majorly at a loss. His first wife Richa Sharma died due to brain tumour in 1996. He has a daughter named Trishala from his first wife.
Dutt married Rhea Pillai in 1998 but the marriage didn`t last for long and the couple got divorced in 2005.

Dutt is now married to Maanyata and they have twins—boy named Shahraan and a girl named Iqra. The actor is at present in Pune`s Yerawada Jail, serving the remaining 42 months of his sentence for illegal possession of arms in a case related to the 1993 serial blasts, in which over 250 people were killed and several hundred wounded.