After 20 years, the Supreme Court upheld Sanjay Dutt‘s conviction in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case for illegal arms possession and sentenced him to five years of imprisonment.
Sanjay Dutt speaks up: “I have already suffered for 20 years and been in jail for 18 months. If they want me to suffer more I have to be strong. I am heart-broken because today along with me, my three children and my wife and my family will undergo the punishment. I have always respected the judicial system and will continue to do so, even with tears in my eyes”.
Sanjay Dutt is one of the leading actors in the Hindi Film Industry and apparently has 250 crore (2.5 billion) rupees riding on him. Dutt has four films in the pipeline, including Raju Hirani’s “Peekay”, K S Ravikumar’s “Policegiri”, Rensil D’Silva’s “Unglee” and Apoorva Lakhia’s remake of “Zanjeer”. Dutt also has a cameo in Rajkumar Gupta’s “Ghanchakkar” but shooting for that film has been completed.
Sanjay Dutt further added “I am going to complete all my films and won’t let anyone down. I am overwhelmed by the support of my fans the industry people, the media and all the well-wishers”.
Bollywood stars are larger-than-life personalities in India and fans love them! But is that a reason enough to overlook their flaws? Dutt was in his 30s when he was first arrested, mature enough to know he was committing a crime. But do things change just because he’s an actor?
To that Sanjay Dutt responds “I know in my heart that I have always been a good human being, respected the system and always been loyal to my country. My family is very emotional right now and I have to be strong for them. I am shattered and in emotional distress. God is great and he will guide me through this.”
The Bollywood fraternity immediately took to Twitter and expressed sadness and shock after the sentence was made by the Supreme Court yesterday.
Mahesh Bhatt: Heart Broken: Just heard that Sanjay Dutt has to go to jail for 5 years. I expected mercy! Alas it did not happen
Tanishaa Mukerji : Ridiculous what is happening with Sanjay sir @duttsanjay !He does not deserve 2 b treated like this by his brethren! I am shocked & saddened!
Vishal Dadlani: I stand with @duttsanjay , always will. He’s my brother. He made mistakes, but he’s served more than his time, in terms of mental stress. I am not contesting/denying the law, but it breaks my heart that @duttsanjay ‘s to face this.He has done so much, so selflessly for so many! When I barely knew him, I needed some personal help in a family matter. I just asked, and @duttsanjay went above and beyond duty, to help. HE called ME (remember, I barely knew him then), EVERYDAY till it was sorted. Made things happen. Wish ppl could know how many he’s helped.
Shekhar Ravjiani: He’s the most loved person in the business. One of the nicest people I know. Man with a big heart. My brother. I m with u @duttsanjay
Arjun Rampal: My heart goes out to Sanju and his family. Just numbed by the news.
Hrithik Roshan: I cannot comprehend. I know d law is d LAW. But I can bet my Life 2 say that Sanju sir doesn’t deserve this! D most loved man!i stand for Sanjay dutt.
Priyanka Chopra: My heart goes out to Sanju sir and his family..the nicest gentlest person..I pray for some respite for him through our judiciary..
Kunal Kohli: the ’93 blast case should NOT be made about Sanjay Dutt.The Real planners are sitting safely in Pakistan like Osama Bin Laden was
Farah Khan Ali: OH Nooooooooo! Dear God, no. Sanjay Dutt is a very good Man who doesn’t deserve this sentence. God give him the strength. Prayers and more with his family
Karan Johar:I am truly shattered to hear of Sanju’s sentence…the nicest guy i have known just doesnt deserve this…my heart goes out to him….
Shweta Pandit: All i can say is @duttsanjay is indeed one of the most loving & nicer people i’ve met in the industry. This sentence is just too harsh!
Pritish Nandy: Sad for Sanjay Dutt. He is paying for what was an act of folly. He is no traitor. He made a mistake. He is paying for it. Hugely. I will be very sad to see Sanjay Dutt go back to jail… where I used to meet him years ago. A second term will destroy the man. And I cant even meet Sanjay. I am in Kolkata to inaugurate Sanjay Bhattacharya’s new art show. Tomorrow at Emami Chisel 6pm.
Mubina Rattonsey :One of the nicest,most selfless n a truely genuine man @duttsanjay has been sentenced again..This is heart breaking…this is unfair.
Aftab Shivdasani: Sad to know the verdict on Sanjay Dutt, my heart goes out to him and his family..he was a fighter, is one and will always be one..
Anubhav Sinha: Sending out a big big hug to Sanju. The most forgiving man I know. Sad he could not be forgiven himself.
Ashoke Pandit: Real culprits behind 1993 blasts sitting in Pak shd be brought back & hanged.Sanjay Dutts Judgement a big blow 2 d film industry.
Celina Jaitly: I am shocked to hear the verdict on Mr Dutt.. My heart goes out to the Dutt family ..We all love you Mr Dutt ..
Bipasha Basu: Saddenned n shocked with the news about Sanjay Dutt’s Jail sentence.Strength to him n his family.
Arshad Warsi: I am numb, I don’t know what to say. Sanjay Dutt is not a criminal. This is too harsh a decision.
Hansal Mehta: Life has been unfair to @duttsanjay. Hopefully, there is some legal recourse available. He has already been punished for his offense.Karan Malhotra: Feeling a deep sense of helplessness… Love you Sanjay sir. Really wish the world knew the real Sanjay Dutt… You don’t deserve this…
Riteish Deshmukh: Having Worked with Sanjay Dutt in three films n 10yrs in d industry one thing I can say for sure is that he is the nicest n d most loved. One does respect the SC judgement- but in my personal capacity- my heart goes out to Sanju sir n his family.
Raj Kundra: Landed in tokyo to the news of my bro @duttsanjay we have faith in the law. He has suffered 20 years isn’t that enuff?? Nicest man I know!
Prateik: Baba Dutt.. We Ur Pillar Baby.. Rock Solid.. Love n Prayers..
The 53 year old actor has already spent 18 months in jail, but will have to surrender himself for the remaining tenure of three-and-a-half years in four weeks. Well, we can only wait and watch if there will be a change in the sentence as Sanjay Dutt still has a chance to file a review petition against the verdict.