Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt walked free Thursday after completing his five-year prison sentence for illegal weapons possession in a case linked to the 1993 terror attack in India’s financial capital Mumbai.
As the actor reached Mumbai, his Bollywood friends and colleagues extended a warm welcome to him. Dutt, 56, is expected to resume his film career soon.
Rishi Kappor: Welcome back to the grind! Make some memorable movies now!
Mahesh Bhatt: Homecoming !!! Lord, I’m one, Lord, I’m two, Lord, I’m three, Lord, I’m four, Lord I’m five hundred miles (NAAM).
Satish Kaushik: Welcome Sanjay Dutt. Trauma is over... Law has taken its course... New man, New life... Congrats to the family. God is great.
Juhi Chawla: Welcome back Sanjay! Very very happy for all the Dutt family! Wish Sanjay all god’s blessings!
Masaba Mantena: There is no easy walk to freedom... Indeed! A wonderful thought. Thrilled for Sanjay Dutt and this family. Must be an irreplaceable feeing.
Sajid Khan: The ordeal is over. Debt to society has been paid...family, friends, fans have waited for this day. Welcome home Baba!
Ranvir Shorey: Paying for one’s mistakes is the kind of stuff heroes are made of. Welcome back, Munnabhai.
Raveena Tandon: Sanju has and will always be my most favourite co-star. As a person, he’s wonderful. I remember when we were shooting together, the entire unit, from the director to the spot boy, would have a blast all thanks to Sanju and his humour. It was when we were shooting in Mauritius that Sanju got arrested for the first time upon his return to the city. I remember him being very lost and in deep thought. While everyone was having fun on the beach, he was evidently worried, sitting at the far end looking at the sea. The law has to take its course and one can’t question it. But the fact remains that Sanju never condemned the law, its decision or the police. He served his sentence, stayed a good inmate and I’m happy that he will walk out a free man today. I’m so happy for him and I wish the best for him. Now, I can’t wait to see another Munna Bhai!
Subhash Ghai: I have known Sanjay since he was 17 and I cast him opposite Dilip Kumar in Vidhata. Then I directed him as Khalnayak in 1993 when he was a star. I was always in touch with his life’s ups and downs and felt he was always alone. He has learnt a lot of lessons and is a matured man today. I am sure you will find a new Sanjay Dutt now. His fans love him for his innocent heart and the personality he carries. I look forward to make another good film with him.