Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt who has fought battles with drug abuse, faced a jail term and had a tumultuous personal life – says that there are many lessons he has learnt and that his “innocence” is intact. Talking about the film and coming back in front of the camera after so many years, Sanjay said, “I swear I cannot remember my first day of facing a camera… It was 1979 or 1980, I guess… long, long back.”
Sanjay was recently interviewed regarding his upcoming comeback film Bhoomi, his first venture after coming back from jail. The actor was asked about what he learnt from the dark years of his life to which he responded, “A lot… I learnt a lot. I was innocent then, I am still innocent, but there are some life lessons learnt.”
Sanjay, who made his debut in Bollywood with Rocky in 1981, put his personal circumstances in jeopardy through drug addiction. His life took a turn for the worse when he was arrested for illegal possession of weapons and convicted.
Given that Sanjay lived a difficult life, the actor was asked if there is any chapter that he would like to re-write? “No,” he responded, preferring to talk about Bhoomi instead, which he described as an ‘amazing story of a father and daughter’.
Under the helm of National Award-winning Omung Kumar, who also directed Mary Kom, Bhoomi features Aditi Rao Hydari as Sanjay’s onscreen daughter.
“The film talks about the special bonding of a parent and a child. It’s a story about everything that I believe in – women’s empowerment and gender equality. And Omung is a fantastic director, Aditi is a very good actor… The whole shooting was superb,” the Munna Bhai star said.