On March 21, the Supreme Court found Sanjay Dutt guilty in the 1993 Mumbai serial blast case. The actor now has a week before he surrenders to serve a three-year jail term. In the little time that he has left — besides wrapping up film shoots — the actor has been making arrangements for his eight-member personal staff.
Apart from providing financial support, he is also believed to be asking friends within the industry to give them jobs during the time that he will be in jail. “Sanjay has always taken care of his staff. Even in the years that he will spend in jail, he will continue to provide them monetary support. He will take care of their insurance policies and their children’s education, among other things,” a source close to the actor reveals.
However, since his entire staff works on daily wages, they will be unemployed with Sanjay in jail. As a result, Sanjay, on their behalf, has been talking to his friends to employ his team. His staff includes his man Friday, Mohammad, who has been with him for the last 32 years, two spot boys, a cook who travels with him; his vanity van driver, an attendant and two make-up artistes. All his staff have been with him for many years now.
The source adds that his team has always had work at any given point in time, since Sanjay, on an average, has been shooting three films a year. “Now, Sanjay is talking to producer TP Aggarwal, directors Soham Shah and Apoorva Lakhia, and his close actor friends, asking them to get his staff on board for projects in the next three years,” the source says.
On being contacted, Sanjay’s publicist confirmed the news.