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July 28, 2020 23:38
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    Happy birthday, Sanjay Dutt! As the actor celebrates his 61st birthday today, here's a pictorial look at his life and journey in Bollywood so far. This year, Sanjay Dutt celebrates his birthday in Mumbai, away from his wife and kids, who are in Dubai. Here's to making his day a little extra special!

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    Sanjay Dutt, who was born on 29 July 1959, is the eldest child of actors Sunil and Nargis Dutt. He attended The Lawrence School, Sanawar near Kasauli.

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    Sanjay Dutt has two sisters named Priya and Namrata. Priya is a politician and is married to Owen Roncon while Namrata is married to actor Kumar Gaurav.

    Image courtesy Instagram

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    Sanjay Dutt made his first appearance on the big screen when he was just 12. He played a small role as a young qawali singer in the 1971 film Reshma Aur Shera featuring his father Sunil Dutt, Waheeda Rehman and Rakhee.

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    Sunil Dutt then launched his 22-year-old son in Rocky, which was very well received by the audience. Sadly, the release of the film was marred by Nargis Dutt's death from pancreatic cancer just three days before the premiere.

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    After a mixed bag of hits, including Vidhaata, and flops, Sanjay Dutt appeared in Naam (1986), his first critical success.

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    Sanjay Dutt's success story continued through the nineties with films such as Tejaa (1990), Thanedaar (1990), Khoon Ka Karz (1991), Yalgaar (1992), Gumrah (1993), Sahibaan (1993) and Aatish: Feel The Fire (1994) to his credit.

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    Sanjay swapped his action hero roles for that of poet in Saajan (1991), opposite Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan. The role earned him his first Filmfare Award nomination in the Best Actor category.

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    In 1993, Sanjay Dutt was arrested for illegal possession of arms and spent 18 months in jail. Three weeks after his arrest, his film Khalnayak released, co-starring Madhuri Dixit and Jackie Shroff. It went on to become a super hit and established Sanjay amongst the top-rung of Bollywood actors. It also earned him his second Filmfare nomination.

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    After leaving jail, Sanjay Dutt made his Bollywood comeback in 1999 with films like Khubsoorat, Daag: The Fire, Haseena Maan Jayegi and the award-winning Vaastav. He was then in his Forties. In Vastaav Sanjay played a gangster and won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

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    The film that redefined the Mr Dutt's career graph was Rajkumar Hirani's 2003 blockbuster comedy Munna Bhai MBBS, followed by the 2006 sequel Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Munna and Circuit are the most remembered onscreen friends since Jai and Veeru from Sholay.

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    In 2012, the new Agneepath broke the record of the highest opening day collections. Sanjay Dutt received rave reviews for his performance as the villainous Kancha Cheena in the film. This was followed by Ram Gopal Verma's Department in which he played Inspector Mahadev Bhosle, the leader of an encounter squad. In the film, Sanjay also featured in a remake of hit song Thodi Si Jo Pi Li Hai, from Big B's film Namak Halaal.

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    In 2012, Sanjay Dutt co-starred in the movie Son Of Sardaar with Ajay Devgn. Sanjay's bandit king character was widely believed to be modelled on his that of his father in the movie Mujhe Jeene Do.

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    In 2013, Sanjay Dutt was seen in Aporva Lakhia's Zanjeer and Policegiri. The latter released while the actor was in jail. Both films did average business.

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    In 2014, again while Sanjay was in jail, his film PK, directed by Rajkumar Hirani and co-starring Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma hit the screens and created history. The same year Ungli also released and sank without trace.

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    In 2017, Sanjay Dutt made a comeback in films with Omung Kumar's Bhoomi, which also featured Aditi Rao Hydari as his onscreen daughter. The film opened to mixed reviews and has a mediocre performance at the ticket window.

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    Sanjay Dutt was then seen in Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3, the third in Tigmanshu Dhulia's critically acclaimed series. The film opened to mixed reviews and it has collected over Rs 1.25 crore in two days.

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    In 2019, Sanjay Dutt starred in films such as Abhishek Verman's Kalank, Deva Katta's Prassthanam and Ashutosh Gowariker's Panipat.

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    Sanjay Dutt's upcoming list of films include movies such as Torbaaz, Sadak 2, Bhuj: The Pride Of India, Shamshera and Prithviraj. He will also play the antagonist in K.G.F: Chapter 2.

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    In 2018, filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani adapted his life on celluloid, titled Sanju. The film featuring Ranbir Kapoor in title role, was immensely successful at the box office. Sanjay Dutt featured in the end credits song Baba Bolta Hai.

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    Sanjay Dutt's personal life has been as chequered as his professional one. After a quick courtship, young Sanjay married starlet Richa Sharma in 1987. In 1988, Richa was diagnosed with cancer and she left for the US for treatment. Richa died in 1996. Sanjay Dutt has a daughter named Trishala with Richa Sharma. In 1998, Sanjay married model Rhea Pillai. However, his second marriage proved to be unsuccessful and they were divorced in 2005.

    Sanjay Dutt with his daughter Trishala. (Image courtesy Instagram)

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    Sanjay Dutt married Maanyata in February 2008 after a two-year courtship and the couple are parents to twins - a boy named Shahraan and a girl named Iqra.

    Images courtesy Instagram

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    Here's to wishing Sanjay Dutt a very happy birthday.

    (Image courtesy Instagram)

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