Sanjay Dutt was born on July 29, 1959 to Sunil and Nargis Dutt. One of the most controversial actors of the 1990s, Dutt has had his share of highs and lows in his three decade long career.
Sunil Dutt's first career move in Hindi cinema was in the 1955 with the film Railway Platform. He married actress Nargis on March 11, 1958. They had three children, Sanjay, Priya and Namrata. Sanjay later decided to become an actor. However, he was active in films since childhood.
Sanjay Dutt made his acting debut in 1981. He started as a boy-next-door and played many 'regular' roles during the early period of his career.
Sanjay has had a troubled youth with repeated stints with drugs. Sunil Dutt has always been very protective of Sanjay.
Sanjay started finding a footing in Bollywood with films such as 'Naam' and 'Kabza', but he had to wait for a long time to get established as a bankable actor.
With films like 'Thanedar', 'Sadak' and 'Saajan', he emerged as someone who was unconventional in his approach but reflected the sensibilities of the urban youth.
'Khalnayak' was a big turning point of his career. The audience as well as the critics were amazed at the intensity of his performance.
After 'Khalnayak', Sanjay Dutt mostly did roles that had negative elements embedded in them. Surprisingly, the audience liked him in such characters and slowly it become his forte.
He became a seasoned actor after spending so many years in Bollywood, thus the directors started casting him in more layered roles.
His off-screen image helped the filmmakers in selecting Sanjay in roles which were negative in totality despite being positive in approach.
'Munna Bhai' series gave Sanjay Dutt the much awaited fame. For the first time, he was seen as someone who can carry the weight of an unconventional film on his shoulders.
Be it about his link-ups with wrong-doers or be it his charitable works, he always remained in news.
After two failed marriages and several rumoured relationships, Sanjay Dutt married Manyata Dutt. The couple are parents to six-year old twins.
Currently, Sanjay Dutt is in jail after the court's verdict in 1993 blasts case.