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Monday March 31, 2008

Location Raho, Sanjay bhai!

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It is a lesser-known fact that Sanjay Dutt, who has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, likes to give his money and time to various charities. On Saturday evening he presented a day laborer (employed by Telecom) with a check for Rs 1.28 lakh (Rs 128,000 = 2029.91 euros) so that he can operate on his six-month-old daughter Shravani, who suffers from a heart defect.

It happened as follows. Devkar had recently told Sanjay about his daughter's illness (so-called hole in the heart) and that he could not find the required 2 lakh, but only 0.64 lakh. Sanjay assured him of his help and later Sanjay's office informed Devkar that he could take his check. A great stone fell from the heart of the child's mother and she cannot thank the actor often enough. "Yes, Sanjay Dutt has helped us a lot, we are extremely grateful to him." She also said that Shravani will have an operation at Wockhardt Hospital next week.

When we contacted Mr Dutt, he would not comment on his contribution. His manager Dharam Oberoi was more talkative: "Dutt has always been a philanthropist, but he doesn't talk about his good deeds. An employee of Dev Anand's wife has cancer. She also received help from Dutt and he organized the money for the treatments. " Sanjay is one of the patrons of the Spastic Society of India, Save The Children and SUPPORT, a rehabilitation center for drug addicts. He also supports orphanages and old people's homes.

(German from Anksuni)

Saturday March 29, 2008

Filmfare 9/2006: From: Remade in India - Sanjay Gupta

Filmfare, September 2006

From: Remade in India - Sanjay Gupta

Filmfare: Your production company White Feather Films suddenly seems to have suddenly explored a lot of activity ...

Sanjay Gupta: It was never a lack of ambition that kept me from making more films in the past. I was just lazy. I always shoot my films very quickly: Kaante in 33 days, Musafir in 40 and Zinda in just 36, including songs and promos. Out of the 365 days of a year, I only ever spent 35 to 40 days filming and two months post-production. The rest of the time, I was just traveling, reading, vacationing, and just living my life. But now Sanju (Sanjay Dutt), the president of our company White Feather Films, and I have made a conscious decision to really get started. We want to make films that we believe in and that we want to see. There are so many stories to tell, so many films to be made. Of course I can't direct all of them myself, that's why we signed several directors. And not one of the films we are currently producing fits into one of the usual formal schemes.

Filmfare: You and Sanjay Dutt have been partners for a long time now. How involved is Sanjay in the company, or is he just a figurehead?

Sanjay Gupta: Of course, Sanju can't sit in the office all day. But whenever it is needed, it is there. To a certain extent, I take care of things myself, and when it goes beyond that, Sanju comes in. Every script, every project has to be approved by him first, and then we decide together which films we want to make. Even when it comes to addressing older and more experienced actors and technicians, Sanju takes over. Our first formal meeting for Chamki Chameli was attended by Shyam Benegal, AR Rahman, Ila Arun, Javed Akhtar, Alan Amin and Vaibhavi Merchant, and Sanju was there the whole time and got everything right.

(Purnima Lamchane; German from Diwali)

Friday March 28, 2008

Sanjay Dutt wants to become Desi Indiana Jones

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RadioSargam is usually not the safest of all sources, so you should be careful with it first ...

But: It has long been known that Sanju will star in Soham Shah's next film, as has the fact that he has a three-film contract with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision - and that would be the third after Kidnap and Blue.

RadioSargam now reports that Soham Shah has hired Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Imran Khan for a big budget adventure film in the style of the Indiana Jones films. Sanju is supposed to play a researcher in search of the ruins of a lost city in India.

The script is already finished and filming should start at the end of the year. Until then, three top actresses would have to be signed.

Well, if this filming doesn't get in the way of Ghostbusters ... As I said, we should be careful with this rumor at first.

Thursday March 27, 2008

Filmfare Travel 2004/2005: Sanju's vacation tips

Every year the Filmfare publishes a special issue on the subject of "Travel", in which the film celebrities comment on their preferred vacation spots, etc. In the 2004 edition, Sanju advises taking it easy on vacation - if you work hard all year round, you should really use the vacation to relax. He also remembers the family holidays in his childhood. And in the 2005 edition he describes his favorite refuge, Goa, where he often enjoys life (probably not as "wet" today as it used to be - but it is typical of him that he speaks unabashedly about the times when he drank heavily), indulging in his passion for fast bikes and cars (please drive carefully, Sanju!), used to do para-sailing (parachute sailing) and - listen and be amazed - also like to go golfing ...

Filmfare Star Travel Book 2004

Tactic: "Take it easy"
What's the point of a stressful vacation when you work hard all year round, asks Sanjay Dutt
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"I like to have a good and comfortable vacation. I don't want to be annoyed on vacation. If I work hard here, what is the point of going on strenuous or stressful vacation? Vacation is there to relax.

Until a few years ago, I was always looking forward to my annual vacation. I have friends all over the world, and once a year I used to travel and visit one of the countries in question. But since my case was resumed, I haven't been able to take a break.

When I think about my childhood vacation, I remember my mom. She was very determined in her view that we should spend a lot of time as a family. And since I went to boarding school, she regularly organized family outings when I came home for the holidays. My earliest memories of our family outings include trips to the border with my parents. I still remember almost all the stories the jawans told me. I think every Indian should go there at least once in their life and meet our army men to understand what these men are going through for us.

Dad traveled a lot because of his job and we were able to go with him a lot. As an actor, I also traveled a lot in other places. I especially enjoyed the outdoor shoot for Aatish in Mauritius. All of us - Sanjay Gupta, Atul Agnihotri, Aditya Pancholi, Shakti Kapoor, in short: the entire troupe - we got together every time after the shooting ended, let it rip and just had all-round fun.

In my private life I like to fly to New York because my daughter Trishala lives there. I would also like to mention the Maldives, Hawaii and Rio de Janeiro - three places where I had a lot of fun on my vacation and which I recommend to anyone who just wants to have a good time and relax. "

(German from Diwali)

Filmfare Travel 2005

"Goa is cool! Nobody bothers when you smoke, cuddle or undress"
Sanjay Dutt on his great refuge
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"When life in Mumbai gets too monotonous, head to the best haven in the world - Goa.

It's funny how different Goa looks at different times. When I was a heavy drinker, of course, I mostly frequented the bars in Goa. Since I usually stayed at the Taj Village or Fort Aguada Beach Resort in Sinquerim, I spent most of the time in their on-site martini bar overlooking the pool. Or we just sat in our own private garden in the village and enjoyed our drinks. And I spent hours in Tito's pub and at Britto's in Baga.

In the end, however, I always preferred to stay in my hotel. With the result that my club visits in Goa have been drastically reduced. Tourism in Goa has now increased a hundredfold. Locals are very casual with celebrities and leave them alone, but tourists freak out every time they see one. And if there is one thing I hate, it is being pressured when I want to relax.

I used to rent a motorcycle in Goa and pounded around with it, because Goa is crying out for such motorcycle trips. Recently, however, I've always preferred to drive there in my own car. Most of the roads there are in very good condition, and it's wonderful to really get going - especially late at night.

I also visited the huts that line up on the beach. There they play great techno, rock and retro music and create the most imaginative cocktails. The best thing about Goa is: You can eat, drink, smoke, cuddle or undress, and nobody gives a damn about it. The locals are very liberal. Even if a man is walking around in underpants or a woman is walking around in a bikini, people don't stare excessively. Everyone is cool.

Of course, no matter where in the world I am, I spend most of my time in the gym, but there are so many other things to do in Goa. I'm not a fan of guided tours, but I've been to the Aguada lighthouse, which is nearly four hundred years old and has been featured in films multiple times, and I'm intrigued by some of the churches in Goa.

It is less well known that Goa has, in addition to its fantastic beaches, a large wildlife sanctuary where you can watch tigers, wild dogs and wild boars. Driving into the dense forest in an open jeep is an exciting experience.

During my last visit to Goa, I discovered the Park Hyatt on Arossim Beach. The best thing about this resort is that not a lot of movie people stay there. That means, in a way, twice the amount of privacy. The rooms are decorated in a modern style and have imaginative bathrooms, some of which overlook small secret gardens. You really have your own little bathing paradise there.

If you enjoy being outdoors, some of the five-star hotels have golf courses. Although I'm only an amateur golfer, I like to spend my time there in the country, just for fun. And then there is a night cruise that is a real experience. To be able to eat and drink in the middle of the ocean and look up at the stars is unique. Another attraction in Goa is Para-Sailing (parachute sailing), which I haven't done for a while now.

I once toyed with the idea of ​​buying a piece of land there, but I'm in no hurry. Maybe one day."

(Recorded by Meena Iyer; German from Diwali)

Wednesday March 26, 2008

Sanjay Dutt declined the TV show offer

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Sanju has turned down Sony Television's offer to host a new TV reality show because of its packed schedule.

It's a good thing - not just because of the appointments and the stress. In any case, I am of the opinion that a TV show would not be the ideal field of activity for Sanju - given his shyness and discomfort as soon as he is supposed to speak in public. You're right, Sanju - save your strength! :)

Ciné lightning Ah! Men 2001: Sanjay Dutt: Body Basics

Ciné lightning Ah! Men 2001

Sanjay Dutt: Body Basics

"The best way to build a handsome body is to do weight training with proper instruction and supervision. To warm up my muscles, I suggest five to ten minutes of cardiovascular exercise. This can be walking, running on the treadmill, or jumping rope. I usually work out four days in a row and then take a day off, it is important that your body has at least 24 hours to recover.

Change your exercise routine as often as possible to shock your muscles! Muscles are like people; they get used to a certain form of exercise. You really have to shake up your muscles if you want to get results.

Ideally, you should only train for 50 to 60 minutes at a time. After that, your muscles will stop secreting lactic acid and your workout will fail. You should also be working with the right amount of weights. If you torture yourself, you will achieve nothing. You have to develop your body step by step, guided and monitored by a trained trainer.

Start your training according to your body's tolerance threshold. And always keep in mind the cardinal motto: Beauty has to suffer. "

(German from Diwali)

Tuesday March 25, 2008

'Abs'olutely smashing!

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Sanju continues to adhere to a strict diet and trains for his role in Blue. He vigorously denies reports that he recently collapsed unconscious while exercising; he has been training for far too long to pass out after a training session ("where did you get such stories from?"). He is certain that in two months he will have regained his old muscle shape, since (he couldn't help but flick) everyone is crazy about six-packs. However, he is well aware that he still has to do a lot for this ("the stomach is still protruding").

Although the stress of the past weeks can be seen in him, Sanju is apparently full of energy: "I'm back in action and am now on my way to filming again. To tell the truth, it is definitely a good feeling to do that. what I do best. "

Sanjay Dutt consults Islamic law expert over wedding

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Sanju definitely leaves no stone unturned to get out of his marriage mess. He and Manyata spent the weekend in New Delhi to consult Tahir Mahmood, an Islamic legal expert and member of the Law Commission of India. Mahmood confirmed this exclusive consultation yesterday, but did not reveal any details.

Filmfare 9/1986: The Dark Horse

Filmfare September 1-15, 1986

The Dark Horse

Today a Sanjay bun is more believable in Naam than many other film heroes of the time; it is not just vendetta that makes him boil with rage, it is a whole web of circumstances that drives him against the wall and into the fight against his opponents. And it's an impressive performance because Sanjay Dutt doesn't try to be macho by all possible and impossible means (as he used to do), but simply acts like a normal man in a crisis.

(German from Diwali)

Sunday March 23, 2008

The Economic Times 3/14/2008: Sanjay Dutt enters the big league, charges Rs 7-8 cr

The Economic Times, March 14, 2008

Sanjay Dutt moves up to the top division: Rs 7-8 cr Gage

Sanjay Dutt has recently been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, from litigation to marriage matters. But now the actor seems to be finally making headlines for positive reasons, including his entire streak of film deals. His upcoming films include EMI, Aladin and Kidnap. And he'll make audiences laugh with a number of comedies including Chatur Singh Two Stars with Amisha Patel, another directed by Ashwini Dheer, and the third installment in the Munnabhai series. But in the meantime Sanju baba has also realized that financial management is no fun - and how.

About a year ago Sanjay Dutt used to charge between 90 lakhs and 2 crores for his films. But with the two successive successes of Shootout At Lokhandwala and Dhamaal, his star value rose. At this point he was in a position to raise his price. Unfortunately for him, that was exactly the time he was dealing with his legal problems and was sentenced to six years in prison. This court ruling was a huge blow to all of his producers who invested heavily in their films with him.

Given his repeated attempts to get bail and the numerous problems that lay ahead, producers began to lose hope in Sanjay Dutt and they became skeptical about signing him or considering him for their films . That was natural, because no donor wants his project to be delayed because Sanjay Dutt's availability is not certain. And so, when everything should have gone right after his box office successes, Sanju went through a very lean period of his career instead.

In addition to his problems, there was also his falling out with his long-time good friend and colleague Sanjay Gupta.After the falling out, he split from his production banner White Feather Films, which he had co-directed with Sanjay Gupta. It is said that he blindly trusted Gupta and only owned 30-40% shares in the company. With his exit from White Feathers he suffered even more financial losses. At this point, the media reported repeatedly that Sanju was in dire need of money.

Every actor has a camp, and Sanjay Dutt had one too. Unfortunately, his camp wasn't of much help to him either. Says an industry insider, “Over the years, Sanju has worked with his own set of producers and directors such as Mahesh Manjrekar, Nitin Manmohan, Sanjay Gupta and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Now look: Manjrekar does not have a film to hand because he is no longer considered a sought-after director, Nitin has stopped making films, he has separated from Sanjay Gupta, and Vidhu has not yet started his film. "

However, in his trial days, Sanju also had a few good friends like Suniel Shetty and the Asthavinayak Banner, who were always by his side even then. They proved their belief in him despite his difficult times and were optimistic that Dutt would be bailed. And as luck would have it, Sanju received bail. He then became embroiled in controversy over his marriage to Manyata, who had been his girlfriend for two years. But Sanju escaped all this controversy unscathed.

If you think about it, Sanju never got a negative image despite all the controversy. Throughout the trial, he had the image of the victimized star and enjoyed the sympathy of the media. He always had an extensive fan following. One trade expert said, “I don't think his star status has suffered much. Sanju has its own kind of fans and followers. Even after his last stay in prison, he came back abruptly and rose like a phoenix. He is the favorite son of the controversy and has remained victorious every time, be it in matters of drugs, TADA, marriages etc. etc. "

It was at that very time that the companies entered the Bollywood business, and star salaries skyrocketed. Sanjay Dutt, who used to be not particularly business-conscious, was now taking things more seriously, taking advantage of the situation and screwing up his price by a few crores. It is believed in trade circles that the actor today charges between Rs 7 and 8 crores. Maybe Sanju has finally realized its market value. As the trade expert says: “In view of his colleagues who trade in crores thanks to the company invasion, Sanju has also increased his price. In addition, there is a definite shortage of stars who determine when a film hits the box office. "

Of course, the price might change from time to time, depending on how Sanju feels about the producers. From Vidhu Vinod Chopra, for example, Dutt should ask less, after all, he owes the filmmaker his career-defining role as Munnabhai, which helped him back into the top league a few years ago. But then there are others who are willing to pay. So says Sanju's close friend, the producer and actor Suniel Shetty: “I am not one of those producers, actors and friends who would take advantage of Sanju for money. Whoever gives Sanjay Dutt whatever, I'll always give him an extra rupee because I think he's worth it. "

Today Sanjay Dutt has a three-film deal with Asthavinayak, the first of which, Kidnap, is almost finished and the second (directed by Soham Shah) is about to be released. After leaving White Feather Films, Sanju not only plans to revive Ajanta Arts (the banner of his father Sunil Dutt), he is also preparing to build his own production house, to be called Sanjay Dutt Productions Pvt Ltd. The fate of his upcoming films will determine Sanjay Dutt's box-office booth, and who knows, maybe he'll raise his price by a few more crores soon ...

(Gaurav Malanin and Reshma Kelkar; German from Diwali)

Saturday March 22, 2008

Sanju celebrates Easter with his family

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This news also contains some really interesting information: Priya, Owen and their two sons celebrate Easter - with going to church, the Easter bunny and eggs. (Do not ask me whether Owen is a Christian or whether the family simply has a soft spot for this festival; in any case, for me this Easter festival testifies once more to the religious openness of the Dutt clan.)

Sanju just burst into Priya's apartment during an interview. When asked if he had any special plans for the holidays, Sanju said: "Nothing special in that sense. I think it will just be a nice holiday for my family. I have no special plans."

Sanju is very enthusiastic about his two nephews; Sumair has the "sweetest smile in the world", and Siddharth has at least 10 different smiles on it and is very camera conscious and a born actor. However, he does not want to become an actor at the moment. Sanju calls him a rascal; apparently the bond between uncle and nephew is still very strong.

Easter stands for a new beginning. For Priya and Sanju too? "My best wishes are always with him. And Sanju knows that too. We have been together through thick and thin, and so it will continue to be. We are now too old to make decisions for each other," said Priya, as she Reporter wanted to bring up the topic of manyata in Sanju's absence. "There's no animosity between us. It's not what the media portrays it."

May it be so. And that the only reason they didn't want to talk to the reporter about manyata was because that was just not the topic at the time.

Mid-Day March 19, 2008: Rhea-lity bytes

Mid-Day, March 19, 2008

Rhea-lity bytes

Sanjay Dutt talks Tacheles and tells Sarita Tanwar what he thinks of the recent statements of his ex-wife Rhea Pillai in the media.

Sanjay Dutt shoots for Aladin at Mehboob Studios; he is wearing a black suit, cloak, knee-high boots and a hat. A costume that could put a smile on any face, but the man who wears it doesn't smile. He's in a dark mood.

The flood of stories about Manyata, his wife for a month, bothers the actor. The most recent attack came from his ex-wife, Rhea Pillai, who recently accused Dutt's current wife of spreading stories about Sanju's support. For the first time, the actor speaks about his marriage to Manyata, his divorce from Rhea and the controversy surrounding the current and ex-Mrs Dutt.

Mid-Day: Every morning a new controversy awaits you when you wake up, do you feel like getting up at all?

Sanjay: I really enjoy getting up. But I stopped reading newspapers and watching the news.

Mid-Day: Is It Getting Too Much?

Sanjay: Yes, it will, even if I can handle it. But I don't understand why manyata are being shot all the time. She takes that with her. It just doesn't stop since we got married. Either it's about her past or mine ... I've never seen manyata as shaken as two days ago. It has damaged your health. Again and again she asks me: "What have I done to her that she reproaches me?"

Mid-Day: You speak of Rhea's newspaper interview in which she accused manyata of spreading stories about your support for her.

Sanjay: Yeah.

Mid-Day: Rhea also said she gave up the name Dutt, which she (Manyata) wants so badly ...

Sanjay (interrupts): Then Rhea should give up everything that is attached to the name Dutt.

Mid-Day: Did you continue to support her financially after you separated nine years ago?

Sanjay: Ideally, I would never have talked about it. It should have stayed between Rhea and me, but now that everything has been discussed in the press: Yes, I admit that I took over all of your bills.

Mid-Day: Including purchases, travel, and your cell phone bills which could be up to Rs 60,000 a month?

Sanjay (hesitantly): Yes.

Mid-Day: Is it true that the bills sometimes added up to 8 lakhs at a time?

Sanjay (uncomfortable): Yes.

Mid-Day: Will you keep paying your bills?

Sanjay: Not anymore.

Mid-Day: Because of manyata?

Sanjay: Manyata has nothing to do with it. I haven't had to support her since Rhea and I got divorced last month.

Mid-day: why didn't you get divorced earlier?

Sanjay: I wanted a divorce and I asked Rhea for it.

Mid-Day: And she refused?

Sanjay (after a long silence): Let's not go into that any further.

Mid-Day: Did Rhea and Manyata meet?

Sanjay: Yes they have. Manyata has even bought presents for her daughter, and she always talks good things about Rhea and respects her for standing by me in my bad times. I can assure you, Manyata never said a word against Rhea. Though she would have had every right to if she had wanted to.

Mid-Day: Please explain.

Sanjay: No woman would tolerate her husband supporting his ex-wife financially. Especially when the former wife is happily married to someone else who is perfectly capable of supporting her. But Manyata never accused me of that. It was unfair of Rhea to drag her name into that. By the way, I'm starting to think about protecting Manyata and myself. My father didn't invest in any land or leave me heaps of money. I have no family property or assets to live on. I work hard and it's time I thought about myself.

Mid-Day: You have to. How about a honeymoon to start with?

Sanjay (smiles): No time. I started shooting again the day after my wedding. I've been shooting non-stop since then.

Mid-day: what has changed since you got married?

Sanjay: I'm going straight home after shooting. We spend time together, watching movies, and exercising.

Mid-Day: What about Alibaug?

Sanjay: I don't do that anymore. I think the role didn't suit me.

Mid-Day: Do you know that Irrfan Khan is now playing your role?

Sanjay: Yeah, I heard it.

(Sarita Tanwar; German from Diwali)

Thursday March 20, 2008

Sanjay Dutt seeks blessing from Imam to save marriage

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Sanju hasn't just been in Delhi since yesterday (book launch). He had already flown there with Manyata the previous weekend - to a private audience with the Imam of Jama Masjid, where the two asked the man, whom his followers greatly admired, for his blessing on their marriage. Hardly anyone in Sanju's area knew about this trip.


Less than a week later, however, the imam denied having received them. He wanted to stay out of the matter since it was too late for spiritual advice anyway; now only the courts could decide.

Quelle in English

Wednesday March 19, 2008

Sanjay Dutt an icon in South Africa

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Hindi films are extremely popular in South Africa, and Sanju in particular mesmerizes the locals: "He's bigger than any other icon there. The girls pass out at the sight of him, and he has more fans than any Hollywood star. South Africa loves him simple, "explains Themba Ngcobo, President of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and at the same time admits that he is a Sanju fan himself and that he has not yet missed any of his films.

Sanjay and Manyata in Rohit Roy's TV talk show?

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Rumor has it that Sanju and Manyata will soon appear on Rohit Roy's talk show on a popular TV station - one at a time - and openly talk about the controversies in their lives. Their appearances would also have already been recorded. However, Rohit Roy has not yet confirmed this.

Tuesday March 18, 2008

Manyata is still Meraj’s wife: Court

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A court in Mumbai today declared Manyata's divorce from Meraj void. According to the law, Manyata is still married to Meraj Rehman; the divorce she is referring to was probably not carried out in accordance with the rules.

If it is proven to Sanju that he married Manyata, even though he knew that she was not divorced from her previous husband, he is threatened with a complaint.

Sanju and Manyata have already been cited in court by an earlier decision (on or before April 1); now both will have to speak plainly.

And that is - one way or another - bitter for Sanju: Either he admits that he deliberately married a married woman and thus has a new procedure on his shoulder, or he proves that he did not know anything - which means that so that all the guilt remains on Manyata. And even if that is the case, will Sanju allow it? I have no doubts that he'd rather sit down and take a seat himself before he rides in Manyata.

Dus Kahaniyaan (2007) - Review in English

About the story: Dus Kahaniyaan means "ten stories", and that's exactly what this film is: ten short movies, simply strung together, without a frame story or an inner link - except maybe the fact that all of them deal with human relationships of all kinds and have a surprising twist in the end:

1. Matrimony
2. High on the Highway
3. Pooranmashi
4. Strangers in the Night
5. Zahir
6. Lovedale
7. Sex on the Beach
8. Rice plate
9. Grantable
10. Rise & Fall

Sanjay Dutt acts in the tenth story (Rise & Fall) as the gangster Baba. His confrontation with Nawab (Suniel Shetty) and two children allegorizes the eternal vicious circle of the rise and fall of people of power.

Whether you like this film or not depends very much on the question whether you have use for this sort of anthology. Producer Sanjay Gupta himself was in no way sure whether this concept would work, and it was Sanjay Dutt who finally encouraged him: "Actually this wouldn’t have happened without Sanju", elaborated Gupta in an interview. "I had grave doubts about the film before starting it. I felt it'd be a huge risk. I spoke to Sanju and he gave me the example of his dad, Sunil Dutt. He told me that if Dutt saab had the guts to make Yaadein where one man is talking for three hours then we can definitely attempt 10 films in one film. He advised me to just get on with the film. That really motivated me. "

And so you get ten films for the price of one plus a star cast which alone makes the fan’s heart beat faster. I didn't mind at all that every movie stood for its own; I liked this simple concept, including the succeeded kaleidoscope pictures in the beginning and the title song in the end where nearly each and everyone of the stars in Dus Kahaniyaan had gathered. (That Sanju could not take part in the clip as it was shot in August 2007 while he was in jail after his Arms Act sentence was really unfortunate but Gupta nevertheless gave him the place in the video he deserved. After all, Sanju is not only one of the stars in the film but also the presenter - yes, at that time he still was part of White Feather Films.)

Some of these ten short movies are real little pearls which I surely will watch more often. Certainly not to this category belong High on the Highway (Jimmy Shergill, Masumi Makhija) and Sex on the Beach (Dino Morea, Tarina Patel) which are so weak that I save myself (and you) further details. As good average I would classify Matrimony (Arbaaz Khan, Mandira Bedi), Strangers in the Night (Mahesh Manjrekar, Neha Dhupia), Zahir (Manoj Bajpai, Dia Mirza) and Lovedale (Aftab Shivdasani, Neha Oberoi, Anupam Kher) - all four of them well played and convincing, partly also because of very surprising twists.

Very dear to my heart are Puranmaashi (Amrita Singh, Minissha Lamba), Rice Plate (Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah) and Gubbare (Nana Patekar). The story of Puranmaashi is getting to me, and hopefully Amrita Singh will return to the silver screen more often in mature roles like this one. Watching Nana Patekar with his balloons as a reconciliation gift for his wife is pure joy - this man is simply wonderful. And Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah shine in the loveable little story about a rice plate which makes an ultra-orthodox Hindu woman think over her prejudices against Muslims.

And now the last of the ten films, Rise & Fall. Well, in my opinion even this movie belongs to the category "average". And this is not the fault of the story; the overlapping (and finally amalgamation) of two plots - the children (directed by Hansal Mehta) and the gangsters (directed by Sanjay Gupta) - is a thrilling idea, and Sanjay and Suniel are totally convincing in their performances (it is reported that during the shooting Suniel was so moved by Sanju's elaborations about friendship and fraternity that he burst into tears). But somehow you always get the feeling that somewhere you have already seen all this (and that’s not only because of the cross-reference to Gupta's debut film Aatish with its two main figures also called Baba and Nawab). While Gupta in all the other Dus Kahaniyaan films he directed went completely new ways - away from his former stylish gangster movies - he backdrops here onto his old tracks. And considering the loveable little parts of Naseer and Nana, it's more than bitter to notice that Sanju was not allowed more than a rehash of his former gangster roles.If Rise & Fall shows something clearly then it's the fact that Sanju’s separation from White Feather Films and Sanjay Gupta can only be for his own better.

At the end I, for once, want to make a comment on the soundtrack. For the great poet Gulzar wrote a poem to each of the ten films after Gupta met him and told him about his concept; as Gulzar said, "It would be interesting to make my poetry a reflection of the visuals in his short stories. I feel the scope of poetic expression is expanding in our cinema. All I insisted on was that Sanjay get the actors from the different stories to recite the poems and not have me do that. " And so it was done, Gulzar’s poems where recited by the stars of the film (among them Sanjay Dutt), combined with subtle music. It's a really beautiful addition to a very good soundtrack which remained longer in the charts than the film. For Gupta's courage to take a risk was not rewarded, the film flopped at the box office. As I said, as a whole it surely is attractive only for people who like anthologies, but some of the short movies are beautiful enough that at least I do thank Gupta for having taken the risk - and Sanju for having encouraged him.

Produced by Sanjay Gupta; Directed by Sanjay Gupta (1, 4, 5, 9, 10), Hansal Mehta (2, 10), Apoorva Lakhia (7), Meghna Gulzar (3), Rohit Roy (8), Jasmeet Dhodi (6)
110 min .; DVD: Eros, English Subtitles (including songs)
© Diwali

Sanjay's fans in Germany donate USD 1100 to SUPPORT

Sanjay Dutt is known to be an avid supporter of the NGO SUPPORT (Society Undertaking Poor People's Onus for Rehabilitation) in Mumbai, which is dedicated to the rehabilitation of alcohol and drug addicts street children. The children are given shelter, are detoxified, looked after and brought (back) to life. They get lessons and later, when they grow up, help with finding a job. Attempts are also made to reunite children with their families when they have run away.

As a former drug addict who managed to get away from the devil's stuff in the mid-80s, Sanjay knows the problems and trauma of these children all too well. Aside from donating money or fundraising events, Sanjay is also personally involved, holding individual and group discussions with the children in order to encourage them to give up drugs, to learn something and to take the step into a new life.

In order to support Sanjay Dutt and SUPPORT in their efforts for these children, Sanjay's fans in Germany started a fundraising campaign and collected a total of 700 euros and transferred it to SUPPORT.


Sanjay Dutt is known to be a genuine supporter of the NGO SUPPORT (Society Undertaking Poor People's Onus for Rehabilitation) in Mumbai which takes care for drug-addicted street children. As the NGO's Executive Director Sujata Ganega describes it on SUPPORT's website, "If there can be one word to summarize the work of SUPPORT, it is transformation. It is all about transforming the children into normal citizens from their high-risk lifestyle on the streets . Motivating and guiding them to give up their life of substance use, risky sexual behavior and exploitation on the streets, to a normal childhood of fun and learning. Wherever possible, the children are reunited with their families. If this is not possible, they will remain with the SUPPORT family till they are capable of leading an independant life. "

Having once been a drug addict himself, Sanjay knows about the traumata these children are facing, so he makes not only financial contributions but also involves himself, talking to the addicts and helping them gaining the courage to fight their problems and start a new life.

To support Sanjay and SUPPORT in their good work, Sanjay's fans in Germany now made a collection and finally could donate € 700 (USD 1100) to SUPPORT.

Monday March 17, 2008

Showtime 11/1995: Freedom! Mega-Star Sanjay returns

Showtime, November 1995
(Original see here)

(Gossip Column)

He is outside. No, we're not talking about Viswanthan Anand or Sachin Tendulkar. Sanjay Dutt emerged from a long endured test, tired and exhausted, but victorious in the end. Like a truly steadfast fighter, he has never given up the most basic human traits for survival: hope and love. His instinct for self-preservation has been tested to the limit; no event can better express this than Sanju's response to the news of his release - tears of joy and relief, the ultimate cleansing for 15 months of pain. Only a short time after the exculpation of O.J. Simpson finally proves Sanjay Dutt's release on bail that you can still get a measure of justice in this country, even if you have to wait until the Supreme Court for it. Of course, the biggest difference between the "Trial of the Century" in the US and our superstar's trial is that, in the eyes of the Indians, an innocent man was released, while Simpson, despite the court ruling, was ostracized by most Americans as "not guilty." Indeed, freedom is sweet only to the wrongly accused. Sanjay Dutt will no doubt now be a wiser man and a more mature actor. At the same time as Amitabh Bachchan's comeback announcement, we, like many others, are looking forward to seeing Big D back on screen. Because like so many of the film characters he embodies, Sanjay is a fighter, a true survivor. Inconsistencies and changes may come and go, but Sanjay stands as a tower of strength, a few steps above his contemporaries. In our eyes he is a winner. Forever.


Incarcerated by destiny
Mega-Star Sanjay returns

A sultry October afternoon. The taxi was headed for the Nataraj Hotel, where the press conference was to be held. As I looked out the window, pondering in an attempt to remember how I'd been imagining my feelings about Sanju's release all along, the taxi driver sent his sensors into my mind waves. And he seemed to connect almost instantly. "Sanjay Dutt is innocent, he's a good person." This abrupt example of high mind-reading tore me out of my meditation; I looked in the rearview mirror to see how suspicious my feelings were on my face. Not a trace. Yet the driver continued to speak eagerly in his broken English. “I always knew that justice would be done to him. People like him are rare in this world. And you see, now he's going to make movies again and be twice as popular as before. Yes, he is a born leader. People love him. ”This man, I thought, is more than just a passionate admirer; he seems to identify completely with the pulse of the superstar. The cab driver made his way through the afternoon traffic, spreading pretty much all of his heartfelt beliefs about the long-haired actor. When the car finally stopped at our destination and I was about to get out, I was suddenly overwhelmed by the need to ask this talkative taxi driver why he was so convinced of the outstanding morals of the man known to the world as Sanjay Dutt. For the first time the taxi driver was silent. Then he turned around, reserved but proud. “I spent 23 days in prison with Sanjay. He's one of the most wonderful people I've met in my life. ”With that, he drove away.

I have no doubt that everything he said is true. Especially all about Sanjay's strength of character and the kindness that is in him (given his charisma and sincere will to help people, it may be a real shame that the actor, as he remarked to a newspaper a few days ago, never goes into the Politics wants to go). Some in his place, no matter how resilient, might have been worn out and collapsed in captivity, swept aside by the agony of events that engulfed him more and more, leaving nothing but destruction and grief. Sanju too could have bowed his head respectfully to the catastrophe; he could have surrendered and torn his trusting heart to pieces before calamity had ravaged his soul. Sanju could have bathed in melancholy and forever melted away in a corrosive self-pity.

Instead, he chose the path of the fighter, the challenge strengthened his instinct for self-preservation. He embarked on a mission of fighting, and his vulnerability became his greatest defense. His internal resources were enormous, and no flood disaster was powerful enough to wash the world away from under his feet. Sanjay Dutt chose the hard way - fighting disaster and being his man, no matter how badly the circumstances turned against him. And in the end, as always, luck was on the brave's side.

Whole hordes of producers and directors are now eager to work with the free, impartial Sanjay. The audience impatiently awaits the return of his fantastic presence on screen after a time that seemed to have dragged on in agony. Business experts predict his return as a surefire thing that will fill the current void in the number 1 position. It seems that Sanjay cannot go wrong in his resurrected incarnation. After struggling through a swamp of mediocre projects, working off a series of cursed legacies and only showing up for a sip of success every now and then, Sanjay will now claim his rightful legacy. He is a natural contender for the box office throne.


Sanjay appeared at the meeting - emaciated, hollow-eyed, with hair cut short, and yet every inch the matinee god. He was visibly aged, and a glimmer in his eyes was evidence of hard-won maturity. Sunil Dutt sat next to him on the dais, a comforting presence. The afterglow of a simple and humble triumph shone around her. Sanjay was ready to face a barrage of questions, even though there are definitely no standard explanations for everything he has endured.

First, Sanju read a statement with a serious expression before answering a few questions.

(Excerpts from the declaration)
“This is not a press conference - this is a very emotional meeting for a man who has missed you all for 15 months and 13 days. The good wishes and love of people pulled back the curtain of darkness so that my family and I could see sunlight again. Sunlight is a symbol of freedom, and I now understand how important freedom is for a person: in order to enjoy the fruits of freedom, one must know and obey the laws of one's country. I have always said and I will always say that I love my country and the people in my country - and only through the love of these people am I Sanjay Dutt. And I assure you that I am not a bad person and I am not a terrorist. I have full confidence in the justice of the justice of my country.

I want to express my sincere thanks to you - the people of my country, all members of the film industry, my colleagues, my lawyers, family friends like Balasaheb Thackeray, Dilip Kumarji, Shatrughan Sinhaji, Raj Babbarji, Rajendra Kumar Uncle, Yash Johar Uncle, Mukesh Bhai Patel, Jayant Jadhav, Mr. Harish Sughand and Pankaj, and all of my producers and directors who waited for me and accepted financial losses for it. And I thank the members of my family and friends, my fans, who have written me letters with their blood expressing their love and prayers for me; I would like to thank the staff and the board of directors of the J.J. Hospitals that were very good to me during my illness. I owe it to the joint efforts, the good wishes and the love of all these people that I am here before you today. "

(Questions and answers)

- When do you think you will be able to start shooting again?

Sanjay: It's too early for me to make any commitments. I've only been out for a week now; I think it will be a few more months before I can start shooting again.

- What do you think of Subhash Ghai changing your role in Trimurti? Have you met him yet?

Sanjay: That's okay, absolutely okay. Yes i met him.

- Do you think your popularity has suffered because all of your films that came out in the past two years have flopped?

Sanjay: I don't know ... (Sunil Dutt interrupts: "You press people should know the pulse of the audience. There is no formula that guarantees the success of a film. It's all fate.")

- What did you learn during your exam?

Sanjay: That God is great.


Sanjay also stated that he has acquired the virtues shraddha and saburi - faith and patience - and that he is waiting to fully recover. And if allowed to leave the country, he could visit his sick wife, Richa, in New York.

He is undoubtedly infinitely wiser and certainly stronger than ever. Sanjay Dutt is more resilient than anyone else; there aren't many actors who would have interpreted his situation positively.

Because the newly adopted child of Providence happens to be a multi-talented actor and highly human - Sanjay Dutt.

(German from Diwali)

Saturday March 15, 2008

Dus Kahaniyaan (2007)

About the story: The title of the film says it all: Dus Kahaniyaan means “ten stories”, and that's exactly what it is about: ten short films, simply lined up, without a framework or inner connection - perhaps with the exception of the fact that they are all about human relationships act of all kinds and at the end take a surprising turn:

1. Matrimony
2. High on the Highway
3. Pooranmashi
4. Strangers in the Night
5. Zahir
6. Lovedale
7. Sex on the Beach
8. Rice plate
9. Grantable
10. Rise & Fall