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Sanjay Dutt’s jadoo ki jhappi moments

Sanjay Dutt at  J.W. Marriott. Picture: B. Halder

I see a young  Sanjay Dutt in...

Ranbir Kapoor, because he’s playing me (in the biopic on Dutt’s life, directed by Rajkumar Hirani). And even Ranveer Singh to some extent, though I never had as much energy as he does! 

A superhero I want to play...

Batman… a superhero who also makes mistakes, like me (smiles). My kids will be very happy! 

A word that describes me at 58...

Mature… hopefully! 

A word that described me at 28...

Immature, most definitely!

A dish that i can eat every day for the rest of my life... 

A hamburger! Make it a nice, juicy hamburger! 

If I became 25 again... 

I would spend all my time with my parents (Sunil Dutt and Nargis). Also, take care of my health and take a year off and travel the world. The last thing I can still do! 

If I became Munna Bhai for a day...

I would give jadoo ki jhappi to everyone! 

My Gandhigiri mantra is...

Live and let live. Just chill! 

On my bucket list… 

Definitely not skydiving or bungee-jumping… I’m not that kind of a guy! Most likely, you would find me in a forest, all by myself, with a bonfire and just listening to the sounds of the wild. I don’t have a bucket list, but I would want to definitely pack in a solo trip to the jungles of Borneo and the Amazon.  

A film that remains an indelible part of my childhood memory...

Mother India. It stars my parents; is a landmark film and I don’t think a woman has been portrayed as strongly in Indian cinema as my mother was in Mother India. I still watch it sometimes. 

A film of mine that i’d want to see remade...

Sadak 2 is already happening. (Mahesh) Bhatt saab is writing it now and we roll next year. Apart from that, Naam, for the emotional bond between the brothers (Vicky, played by Dutt, and Ravi, played by Kumar Gaurav), and Saajan for the pure love story it had. 

One thing I would never do again...

A role like I did in Bhoomi (2017). I tried to do something different in Bhoomi. But the audience didn’t want to see me that way… crying and folding my hands. They always want to see me macho (smiles). So I better start doing what people used to love see me doing… action, comedy. 

My go-to holiday destinations...

Africa, for sure. I love the western outback of Tanzania… the wildlife there is unimaginable. I am an outdoors person, so I really like the wild. Then, of course, is New York, my most favourite city in the world. The vibe in every part of New York is amazing. The south of France is beautiful and I love going there for some quiet time. Nice, Saint-Tropez, Avignon… they all look like picture-postcards. 

Fun time with my kids Shahraan and Iqra is...

On the days they don’t have school, I spend a lot of time with them; we play, we eat together. I take them for my shoots. I was recently shooting in Kyrgyzstan and I took them along. This was the first time they saw snow, so they were super excited! They made snowmen the whole day! And they teach me how to work on the computer (laughs)… I know nothing! 

Sanjay’s wife Maanayata Dutt with Shahraan and Iqra

Me, the Bachchan fanboy...

I’ve always admired him. My earliest memory of him was on the sets of Reshma Aur Shera (1971, starring Sunil Dutt and Amitabh Bachchan). I was about 10 or 12 and had a two-minute appearance in the film. Amitji’s whole life… the way he’s conducted himself…. He’s taught me a lot in life as well as in my profession. I would love to be like him. He’s one of the greatest actors and one of the greatest human beings. 

Priyanka Roy

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