The Two Sides Of Sanju Baba

Sanjay Dutt
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He is an actor who has evolved from a gangly youth with ordinary acting abilities to a well-built man who steals the show whenever he appears on screen. Now a film has been made on his rather colourful and troubled life

Sanjay Dutt is a cult figure, particularly after Munnabhai MBBS, which became one of the biggest hits in Bollywood. Though he has aged and slowed down considerably, he still commands respect in the film industry.

Born to famous parents, Nargis and Sunil Dutt, Sanjay Dutt had a bad time in life when he drank too much, dabbled in drugs and was jailed over an alleged gun issue. But he bore it all and came out stronger. His love live wasn’t very good either but he came to terms with that.

Here are five earlier films of Sanjay Dutt that have impacted the audience.

Rocky (1981)

Rocky (1981)Cast: Sunil Dutt, Rakhee, Sanjay Dutt, Reena Roy, Tina Munim, Anwar Hussain, Amjad Khan
Director: Sunil Dutt

A carefree young man Rakesh/Rocky (Sanjay Dutt) suffers from trauma during his childhood after his father Shankar (Sunil Dutt) is killed in a work-related incident and this haunts him every time his mother Parvati (Rakhee) comes near him. Parvati is told not to go near him so Rocky is adopted by Robert D’Souza (Amjad Khan) and  wife Kathy (Aruna Irani).

Rocky falls in love with Renuka (Tina Munim) and lives happily until one day he come to know of his real name and that is mother is still alive and that his father was murdered. Rocky is now determined to take revenge on his father’s murderers. This was Sanjay Dutt’s debut film.

Naam (1986)

Naam (1986)Cast: Nutan, Sanjay Dutt, Kumar Gaurav, Amrita Singh, Poonam Dhillon, Paresh Rawal
Director: Mahesh Bhatt

Janki Kapoor (Nutan) and her two sons, Vicky (Sanjay Dutt) and Ravi (Kumar Gaurav),  are very poor and find it difficult to make ends meet. Vicky is the wild one who often gets into trouble and Ravi is the sensible kind.

Vicky wants to go to Dubai and work there and earn some money but gets trapped as the visa and jobs were both fake. Now stranded in a foreign land, Vicky comes under the clutches of a smuggler Rana (Paresh Rawal). That takes Vicky further into the criminal world with dire consequences.

Thanedaar (1990)

Thanedaar (1990)Cast:  Jeetendra, Jaya Prada, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Dalip Tahil, Kiran Kumar
Director: Raj N Sippy

A zealous police officer is killed during his pursuit of a gangster Thakur Azghar Singh (Kiran Kumar).  He has two sons Brijesh (Sanjay Dutt) and Avinash (Jeetendra) who are now left to fend for themselves.

Brijesh kills his father’s assailants and runs away but gets caught. He then elopes with his girlfriend Chanda (Madhuri Dixit) to the same village where his father lived. Avinash becomes a police officer and both brothers fight during an encounter without knowing their real identities. But once they do, their goal is similar – get Azghar.

Saajan (1991)

Saajan (1991)Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Kader Khan, Laxmikant Berde, Reema Lagoo
Director: Lawrence D’Souza

Aman (Sanjay Dutt) is a lame orphan who is adopted by a wealthy gentleman named Varma (Kader Khan) who already has a son named Akash (Salman Khan). Aman is a well-loved poet who uses an alias Sagar as he feels his physical disability will affect his career. A young woman Pooja (Madhuri) is madly in love with his poetry and him without actually seeing him.

Complications arise after both fall in love with Pooja. But Aman, being a good elder brother, sacrifices his own love and tells Pooja that Akash is in reality Sagar. He also teaches Akash to mug up his poetry to convince Pooja. But due to some quirk of fate, Aman is exposed as the real poet. This angers Pooja and she confronts both to settle the issue.

Khalnayak (1993)

Khalnayak (1993)Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher, Rakhee, Anupam Kher, Neena Gupta
Director: Subhash Ghai

Ballu (Sanjay Khan) is a dreaded gangster who is being chased by Inspector Ram Sinha (Jackie Shroff) and his girlfriend Inspector Ganga Devi (Madhuri Dixit) . But Ballu escapes from prison and Ram’s professional reputation takes a beating. Ganga decides to do something about it and she, disguised as a street-girl, and goes with Ballu.

The latter slowly falls in love with her but she does not. But Ganga sees some good in Ballu and she tries to save him. But in the bargain her own reputation takes a hit. However, Ganga still has faith in Ballu and when he realises that Ram is her real lover, he gives up.

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