Bollywood fraternity saddened on Sanjay Dutt’s 5 years sentence
Calling it a “massive blow”, Bollywood fraternity today expressed sadness and shock after Sanjay Dutt was sentence to five years in jail by the Supreme Court for illegal arms possession during the 1993 serial Mumbai blasts.
The 53-year-old has already served 18 months of his term and will now have to spend three and a half years in jail. The court has given the actor four weeks time to surrender.
The fate of three big budget films is riding on Dutt with ‘Zanjeer’ remake, ‘Policegiri’ and Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Peekay’, currently under production. Dutt was also slated to reprise his role of a lovable goon in Hirani’s third Munnabhai film, whose future remains unclear now.Director-producer Karan Johar, who has signed Dutt in his upcoming film ‘Ungli’, said, “I am truly shattered to hear of Sanju’s sentence… the nicest guy I have known just doesn’t deserve this… My heart goes out to him.”
Actor Arshad Warsi, well-known for his role as Dutt’s sidekick ‘Circuit’ in ‘Munnabhai’ wrote: “I am numb, I don’t know what to say. Sanjay Dutt is not a criminal. This is too harsh a decision.”
Hrithik Roshan, who played Dutt’s adopted son in ‘Mission Kashmir’ in 2000, said the actor did not deserve it.
“I cannot comprehend. I know the law is the law. But I can bet my life to say that Sanju sir doesn’t deserve this! The most loved man! I stand for Sanjay Dutt.” Actress Bipasha Basu tweeted: “Saddened and shocked with the news about Sanjay Dutt’s jail sentence. Strength to him and his family.”
Director Subhash Kapoor, who was recently signed on to shoot the third ‘Munnabhai film, said he was surprised by the judgement.
“I am in shock and surprised. I personally expected the Supreme Court to be more lenient to him. Have no words to express my shock,” Kapoor told .
When asked whether the judgement will affect the fate of the third Munnabhai film, Kapoor said, “It’s too early to comment on this issue. My producers Vidhu Vinod Chopra is in America now and Raju (Hirani) is busy shooting ‘Peekay’. Once Vidhu gets back, I will speak to him about this. The film was in a very nascent stage.”
Director Kunal Kohli too batted for Dutt, saying, “The ’93 blast case should not be made about Sanjay Dutt. The Real planners are sitting safely in Pakistan like Osama Bin Laden was.”
Some filmmakers and actors even took to Twitter to share their views on the conviction. Here’s what they had to say:
Mahesh Bhatt: Heart Broken. Just heard that Sanjay Dutt has to go to jail for five years. I expected mercy! Alas, it did not happen.
Vishal Dadlani: I stand with Sanjay Dutt, always will. He’s my brother. He made mistakes, but he’s served more than his time, in terms of mental stress. I am not contesting or denying the law, but it breaks my heart that he has to face this. He has done so much, so selflessly for so many! When I barely knew him, I needed some personal help in a family matter. I just asked, and Sanjay went above and beyond duty to help. I’m not denying the law. But am I not allowed to feel sad for a friend?
Shekhar Ravijani: He’s the most loved person in the business. One of the nicest people I know. Man with a big heart. My brother. I am with Sanjay Dutt.
Ashish Chowdhry: There are bad guys, there are nice guys. Sanjay Dutt most definitely is the latter. By far he’s the kindest and nicest guy I know. I’m really sad.
Aftab Shivdasani: Sad to know the verdict on Sanjay Dutt, my heart goes out to him and his family. He was a fighter, is one and will always be one.
Dabboo Ratnani: Shattered to hear about Sanjay Dutt. Love him. He is like my elder brother and has a pure heart of gold. God give him strength.
Celina Jaitly: I am shocked to hear the verdict on Mr. Dutt. My heart goes out to the Dutt family. We all love you Mr Dutt.