Sanjay Dutt on his Bday [more photos]
Sanjay, you are doing too many films these days, how are you managing your schedule?
Well, yes my schedule has become very hectic these days. Today is the last day shooting of my film Blue and the scene we are busy filming right now is a fight sequence so yes in a way over all things have been very hectic for me.
And this is also true that you are trying to finish all your films as soon as possible.
Yes, you are right. Blue was stuck for a long time. And after Blue gets over my next priority would be Aladin because that too has been stuck for a while but I am pretty sure that I will finish it soon. I began with Ajay Devgan′s film All the Best and that too is near completion. The line-up of my films is pretty good and will finish all very soon.
Don′t you feel tired because of this ongoing work?
Yes, I do feel tired but what to do, I have to fulfill my commitments. But all the schedules for a film are similar to each other. You have to be a part of the promotional activity of the film too. You have to be greatly involved in all the aspects of a film.
Ok, Luck will mark the return of Musa Bhai, a character that you have played earlier. It appears as if you love this name a lot. Is it true?
I don′t like this name too much but I am pretty sure that the masses like this name. In Luck, Musa Bhai is basically a businessman who is fond of all the good things which life has to offer. He is very stylized and trades in business. He has this conviction that the business he is involved in is completely justified whether it′s wrong or right.
It appears as if you will give a different dimension to betting through this film of yours.
Well the betting element in Luck is mind-blowing and to be very honest it was great fun doing all those sequences. All credit goes to Soham, the director of the film, who opted for such an unusual subject, which is bold and fantastic at the same time. The best part about the film is that it′s an entirely new concept. Luck can be termed as a fight between life and death and if you were to see the promos of the film then this part is evident.
Sanju, you recently went for another tattoo, this time you have your parents close to your heart, please tell us more about this new tattoo.
Well, there was this one particular day when I was missing them a lot - my dad and my mom - then I decided it′s important for me to have them somewhere on my body. And it was then that I decided to get their name tattooed on my chest, close to my heart. It has Nargis written in Urdu and Sunil in Hindi. The overall design of the tattoo only means that there is a fairy in heaven that is taking good care of them.
Do you consider yourself as a lucky person in life?
Well, I don′t believe too much in luck but I surely am a great believer in destiny. Destiny is one part of our lives, which cannot be changed by anyone. What God has earmarked for us just cannot be changed. I truly believe in destiny. But apart from it hard work too has a very important role to play. If a person were to do real hard work then anything can be achieved and if that person were to have luck by his side then it amounts to icing on the cake.
Which moment from your life would you consider as the luckiest moment of your life?
Well, it′s difficult to remember any particular moment as such but I think the day I was relieved from TADA act and made a part of Arms act was the luckiest moment in my life. It was my sheer destiny and luck. It was a very heavy load on my shoulders, which by God′s grace was relieved. The day I am exempted even from Arms act would be my luckiest day ever.
Sanju, you have some five to six films lined up for back to back release, can I safely say this that with Luck you will make a grand entry?
It all depends. Everyone resorts to hard work. Every producer who release their film and every actor who work in their film put in their hard work. I won′t club this in the category of luck. Everyone should be rewarded for his hard work but there is a destiny also on top of it.
Your birthday falls on 29th July, have you planned for any special celebration?
Sometimes I can′t really believe this that so many years have passed by. It′s been almost 30 years for me in the film industry and this thing too sometimes looks very odd and unbelievable to me. Well, it′s been a great phase for me and by the grace of God would remain so even after I have crossed 50. As far as celebration part is concerned, I am not celebrating my birthday. Amar Singh Ji is like my elder brother to me and he has an operation scheduled so I don′t think my birthday calls for any celebration. I will celebrate but only when he has fully recovered. But he is on the path to recovery. I have yet to meet him and am planning to go to Singapore to meet him.
How is your political activity going on?
It′s going great guns but let me add that the post of general secretary involves great responsibility. You have to attend so many meetings and meet lots of people.
How do you maintain a balance between your acting and political activity?
It′s a big and challenging responsibility on my shoulders but at the same time the best part is that I don′t have to be there for 24 hours. I have to see things in overall perspective. You have to attend meetings in the company of your seniors and then take decision. I am maintaining a balance between both my roles as politician and as an actor.
The film also has many newcomers like Shrutti Haasan and Imran Khan; did you learn anything from them?
It′s always good to see such people who are bubbling with confidence and excitement. It′s a great thing. During my time the very thought of working with actors like Dilip Saab and Amit Ji gave us jitters. But today things have changed a lot now the fresh lot looks very confident. It′s a great thing.
In the film you have done lots of stunts too, please tell us a bit.
One has to do such a thing when he or she has to fulfill a commitment. It′s like as if it′s in your blood.
Lastly, what do you prefer the most - doing action or making other people laugh?
I love making other people laugh.
Thanks a lot.