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I don’t work for awards: Sanjay Dutt

With a number of films lined up this year and filmmakers like Ravi Kumar, Rajkumar Hirani, Rensil D’Silva and Apoorva Lakhia offering him interesting roles, Sanjay Dutt is on a high. Excerpts from a chat…

Last year, you were part of two super grossers — Son Of Sardaar and Agneepath. Industry is abuzz with talks that you are the actor to watch out for this year too…
I don’t know what people are talking about, but I am fortunate to be doing some good films and roles this year.

Filmmakers vouch for your professionalism…
I work with people I’m comfortable with and vice-versa. For me, the equation I share with my producers and directors is the most important factor.

We hear you have become health-conscious and have gone off alcohol…
I have realised that apart from financially supporting my family, I need to invest in my health, so that I can always be there for them. I have a crazy schedulein 2013. But obviously, health and family come first.

After playing Kancha in Agneepath last year, people are talking about your character Sher Khan in the Zanjeer remake…
Pran uncle had made the character iconic in the original one. I’m honoured to play the part now. I hope people like and appreciate Sher Khan as much as they liked Kancha.

Marriage to Maanayata and the birth of your twins have converted you into a complete family man…
It happened a little late in life, but it has happened for the best. I am in a happy space as far as my family and career is concerned.

You are one of the few actors who doesn’t attend award functions. Why so?
I don’t work for awards. I’m here only because of those who have stood by me and that is my reward.


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