The actor says he would have questioned his case in 1993, had he known what TADA meant
Sanjay Dutt has managed to make a special place for himself in the acting world with his films like Munna Bhai MBBS and Vaastav. He can be the adorable goon Munna Bhai and warm your heart, and he can also be Kancha Cheena, in Agneepath, and send chills down your spine. The actor's personal life journey has not been an easy one. He recently was released from Yerwada prison in February. He was serving his remaining time of 5 years sentence after being convicted of involvement in the 1993 Bombay Blasts. In a recent interview with a leading daily, the actor talks about his changed perspective, his time in jail, and much more.
Talking about how he feels after being released from the prison the actor said “Today, after coming out of jail, I realise people respect me because I didn't run away.I served my sentence like a man and came out like a man, with dignity."
Sanjay also encourages people to be aware of laws in the country, for it may keep them from getting into trouble. He also said that we would have questioned his conviction in 1993, had he known the law properly. He said "Every citizen should know the law because once you are in jail, no amount of money can buy you back your freedom. In 1993, when I went to MN Singh (then Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime), he decided my case fell under the provisions of TADA. Had I known then what TADA meant, I'd have questioned it. I was convicted under the Arms Act for possession of a rifle which was never found nor used to threaten anyone. Still it's a big relief that I'm not branded a terrorist and an anti-national thanks to the SC's judgement. My father (Sunil Dutt) who had passed away by then, would have been happy."
Sanjay, talking about the time inside the jail divulged many details. He said he was working in the radio station there. He encouraged two of his prison mates, who had a flair for writing, to write a film script, which they did. The script is currently being polished, says the actor. "Once the script is locked, we'll pitch it to a couple of actors, we need someone younger," he added.
On work front, Sanjay will soon be seen in Mahesh Manjrekar's film Dhakka De. Also, a biopic on his life starring Ranbir Kapoor is in the pipeline.
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