New Delhi: Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, who once aired his wish to follow in the footsteps of his late father and central minister Sunil Dutt by joining politics, said on Saturday he had deferred the idea and wanted to concentrate on his acting career instead.
"No politics for me till the next 10 years. I think I have another 10 years to go in acting and I have to pursue that. May be later, I take on politics," Dutt said on the second day of the two-day Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2008.
At the interactive session "Leadership Lesson from Munnabhai" after Dutt's iconic character from the films Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai, the actor, who was convicted for illegal arms possession in the run-up to the 1993 serial bombings in Mumbai, said he need not be part of any political party to serve his nation.
"If you look at it actually, Munnabhai is me - straight from the hear, honest, emotional fool. And where Gandhi ji is concerned, my father was a Gandhian," said the actor.
"I'd love to serve my nation, my country, but it is not necessary to do that by being associated with any kind of political party. I can do it without that and I have been doing it - like I do a lot for cancer patients and street children who are on drugs and other things on drug abuse," he added.
The actor also put to rest rumours of tension between him and his elder sister Priya Dutt for their father Sunil Dutt's Mumbai North West constituency. Sunil Dutt had died in 2005.
"There is nothing like that. I was never interested in the seat. The way my father passed away was so sudden that somebody from the family had to take over that. Priya had done so much of social work with our father and had travelled a lot with him. I thought she would be the best person to take over the seat," Dutt said.
"I am basically from the heart and not the mind - so politics basically doesn't go with me. So there was no kind of fight and it was a decision made by all of us though she didn't want to join. But she got into it and she won. My father's legacy had to go on," he said.
Speaking about his stint in jail, Sanjay Dutt said, "I fell ill in jail and they took me handcuffed to a Government hospital where I was in the ICU and I was on a drip. There were some ten policemen with guns around me and I felt that I was worse than Osama bin Laden at that time. When my father was alive, I used to think that he will take care of me, but this time when I went to jail there was no dad and it was thanks to my family and my lovely wife that I managed to pull through this."
Accompanying him at the summit was wife Manyata who also recollected the long hours of waiting before she got a glimpse of her husband.
"They were writing funny things about me so I was asked to stay back and not to accompany him to the court. I couldn't meet him and I waited for six long hours outside the Arthur Road jail and finally I got to meet him," she recalls.
(With inputs from agencies)