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Sunjay Dutt

Meeting Sunjay Dutt during his post Jung days was a formidable experience. But meeting Sunjay Dutt recently on the sets of Rudraksh atop an under construction 25 storey skyscraper on Carter Road in south Mumbai and then continuing the encounter the next day in Mikanos disc in town was an exhilarating experience altogether. As earlier he was brash, a bit arrogant, to the point of making you feel uncomfortable, but nevertheless giving you a good copy. And now…not really hidden behind the tough exterior was a brooding Sanju baba all ready to bare his soul while being absolutely lost in his reminiscing nostalgic mood.

So this time around he himself peeled off the layers of his passionate, humorous and an emotional self, discussing at length about acting, entertainment and Bollywood in one breath, his family, his roles, his forthcoming films, his new avatar as a producer in lieu with Suneil Shetty, Ajay Devgan and Nitin Manmohan, his male bonding persona with his best buddies Suneil Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Ajay Devgan and Abhishek Bachchan and then also about a few of his favorite things in life including his new game plan of donning the directorial mantle, besides guffawing away to glory all throughout the session. Tune in.

The Record: Of late you seem to be in an absolutely brooding mood. How come?
Sunjay Dutt: What else can I do? As earlier I was always surrounded by a whole lot of people always trying to please me. But of late I mostly find myself alone and lonely too. As everyone around me, even my co-stars seem to be lost in their own world. So the best thing I like doing in between the shots is brooding.

TR: So what do you think about when you are left all alone to yourself?
SD: Oh! I think about a whole lot of things like acting, entertainment and Bollywood. And then I also get nostalgic about my family, about my past life. You would be surprised to know that I don't like the name Sanjay anymore, no not Sunjay Dutt as there can only be just one Sunjay Dutt. Yet one Sunjay Dutt is enough for Bollywood, and if god forbid one more comes along that too saddled with my destiny and my karma, the poor fellow would have to go through all the pain, anguish and sufferings that I have gone through.

TR: And what makes you think about acting, entertainment and Bollywood?
SD: It may sound strange, but I am proud to say that acting is the best thing that has happened to me as it gives me a chance to pass on all my pain, anguish and sufferings over to my different characters, lessen my burden and take a break. Yes! For me acting is a very important factor in my life as I am very passionate about it and believe it or not, I just love acting. I know I am saying this a bit too late in the day but believe me I am being very honest. And sometimes I get this strange thought that if there wouldn’t be Bollywood, there would be no actors and no actors means no entertainment. So you see all three are strongly interlinked and very important for all the actors.

You can read the rest of our exclusive interview with Sunjay Dutt in the February 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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