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Watch: Sanjay Dutt reveals why he choose Omung Kumar’s Bhoomi as his comeback film

Ahead of the release of Bhoomi, Firstpost caught up with Sanjay Dutt, who was more than happy to answer our curious questions.

One of the most obvious ones, at the heels of his release, is — Why Bhoomi  and not Munnabhai 3, as the latter already has a trailer out?

Dutt reveals, “Munnabhai 3 is still on the scripting stage. Right now it’s on hold. Bhoomi is a film I really wanted to do as a comeback, especially because I believe in women empowerment. I wanted to talk about what a rape victim [sic] from a small family goes through living in a city like Agra”

Speaking about Omung Kumar, the director of the film, Dutt says, “Omung is a great director, he’s tried something different with Bhoomi. It’s totally a commercial film.”

Was politics ever an option for a comeback, we ask Dutt? He is quick to respond, “Not really. Two family members is enough. Cinema is a medium where I can reach out to many people, and send out a good message.”

Watch Firstpost’s interview with Sanjay Dutt.

Paresh Rawal: ‘Ranbir Kapoor is terrific in the Dutt biopic, he’s a unique talent’

Actor-politician Paresh Rawal rarely sits down with the media for a chat but when he does, it is a no-holds barred interaction.

Ahead of the release of his upcoming flick Guest Iin London, Firstpost meets up with the actor in a suburban hotel and he answers every query ranging from movies to politics in his inimitable style, expressions and quirks.

The first part of the film – Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge was quite hilarious and funny. Now, in the second part, Ajay Devgn and Konkana Sen have been replaced by Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Kharbanda. Did you miss Ajay and Konkana especially since you might need senior actors with perfect timing to match your comic timing?

I never missed Konkana or Ajay in this story as it is a completely different film. Secondly, in terms of give and take, Kartik is equally competent, and even Kriti Kharbanda is a good actress. And I mean it, I’m not saying just to sound polite.

In the film, you reprise your role of a ‘bin bulaye mehman’, so what kind of a guest are you in real life? And how do you tackle unwanted guests?

As a guest, I never disturb the host or any of their belongings and I don’t like people tampering with my stuff as well. I like few people and I like them for not more than three to four days. I am pretty much upfront and straight-forward. I ask them right in the beginning about when they plan to leave, and when their tickets are booked. They know me well so they don’t mind me asking. But I don’t have guests who pester me.

You don’t seem to socialise much…

My job is to do good work. I am not here to maintain relationships. I am from theatre; you can call it arrogance, confidence or over confidence, but I never felt the need to network or party.

What kind of roles excite you? Which have been your most challenging roles so far?

Roles have to be well-written. It should scare me; it is fright that motivates me. Sir, Sardar, Tamanna, Mumbai Meri Jaan, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye — these are some of the better films I’ve done.

How’s your experience portraying Sunil Dutt in Sanjay Dutt’s biopic?

Oh, it’s so amazing. It’s all because of my director Rajkumar Hirani, because of Abhijat Joshi’s writing and because of Ranbir Kapoor’s acting that the movie is looking amazing. Ranbir is terrific, he is a unique talent.

What kind of preparation went into it?

Fortunately, I am portraying a character that doesn’t have any kind of set mannerisms or idiosyncrasies. Sunil Dutt was very human.  He never had any vibes of stardom around him. The film is essentially a story about father and son.

Move over Salman, it’s taken 22 years for Sanjay Dutt to cry freedom

India is not the only country where justice is more inclined to give celebrities the benefit of the doubt.

Take OJ Simpson in the US and the travesty that was his trial. The Oscar Pistorious brouhaha that really won’t in the end translate into a long term sentence in South Africa. On a less bloody level, soccer maestro escaping the tax fraud charge. Will New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez be found guilty of first-degree murder of football player Odin Lloyd, who was shot in cold blood? It is a long list.

Whether Salman Khan will now have to trot back to court to face the sharp antlers of justice over a black buck shooting is to be seen. That the buck would have dead of old age might be a mitigating factor.

By the same token some celebrities are pilloried just because they are celebrities.Small town courts summon well-known individuals to their courts on the flimsiest of reasons, and that brings me to a good man’s son.

The news that Sanjay Dutt will be finally released from Yerawada jail and inhale freedom is scarcely earth shattering seeing how often he was given whiffs of it. But it will write the final paragraph in one of the oddest sentencings in India’s modern penal history.

Firstpost. Sachin Gokhale

In 1993 when he was arrested the public attitude was ambivalent. If one recalls, the nexus between organised criminal syndicates and Bollywood was a sort of unspoken given and stars were feted and spoilt. Whatever they wanted they got, including weapons and other sundry goodies if they would only sign the dotted line. It was party time.

After he was arrested for being a recipient of a cache of arms used by the Mumbai blast terrorists, much of the sympathy for him dried up but after an 18-month stay as a guest of the government he was released and it was over a decade later that his case came up for trial. By then interest in the Dutt indiscretion or complicity had dwindled and it looked a lot more like railroading the guy to start the whole rigmarole again. He had done 18 months for an act of foolish arrogance. Also, it wasn’t as if he had killed anyone directly or gone on a drunken drive and there were now other stars competing for legal indictments.

So, when he did get sent to jail for five years the sympathy frothed again and the general feeling was it was excessive; though some did feel that he asked for it and should pay.

Once in prison the system bent over backwards in his favour to get him paroled on several occasions. It kind of became a harsh joke that he was more in than out of prison and in the two years has been allowed out for over five months. In August this year he was given a month off to attend to his daughter’s nasal surgery which underscored just how casual the incarceration was.

This light-hearted, almost comical fashion in which Dutt was frequently given a free pass contrasted dramatically in a nation where 300,000 undertrials take longer than his sentence to get their day (or at least some minutes in court) and simply languish in jail with none to do them any reverence. Family members can die, fall seriously ill, makes no difference, they do not get furloughs. In fact there are over 2,000 children born behind bars whose mothers are still awaiting trial. These kids don’t know what freedom is. Some statistics indicate that three of four prisoners are undertrials.

Against this backdrop, the generous and gracious breaks in Sanjay Dutt’s incarceration began to annoy public sensibilities. Either let the guy go or, if he was part of the horrendous 1993 attacks, then let him serve his sentence and stop with the courtesies. Obviously he was not a risk to the nation, his crime could not have been so heinous, and was the cause of justice really being served? He had been mentally raked for 13 years and a life sentence is 14 years long.

Nothing changed despite the ‘for’ and ‘against’ lobbies. Every now and again Dutt romped home and a few NGOs and other watchdog groups made a song and dance but the system was well inclined to give him a helping hand and it did, thereby diluting the seriousness of the charges and the propriety of such a severe sentence if it was being carried out with such a happy abandon that even a nasal surgery called for an immediate release…not quite a pressing situation for a ‘terrorist’ ally to push off.

Come September and Dutt was disallowed an extension of another 30 days in what was a muscular show of strength and presumed impartiality by the judicial authorities. Look, we treat everyone equally.

Yeah, sure.

The end is now in sight and come February 25, Dutt, all of 18 kilos lighter, will finally get a one way ticket to freedom and the most tawdry case that spanned 22 years will have come to an end. That extraordinary length in itself is enough to call it a day and let the man go. He has paid his dues and then some.

Even waiting till February seems utterly pointless. Let him rejoin his family for new year’s.