Last Friday, Sanjay Dutt’s first home production, Rascals, opened in the theatres to gross earnings of Rs 7.15 crore, doing business of Rs 23 crore over the four-day Dusshera weekend across India. He’s now set to flag off the Satte Pe Satta remake by the year-end.
"I want to leave the banner as a legacy for my kids, Trishala, Shahraan and Iqra, but I’m not going to push them into following in my footsteps. I’m proud that Trishala has majored in Forensic Science, all these rumours about her wanting an acting career are baseless," he asserts, adding that he’d also like his son Shahraan to have a normal upbringing and sound education.
"Maanyata too doesn’t interfere with the business, though as a husband I keep her in the loop."
Now, Sanjay’s looking forward to Agneepath that releases on January 26. "It was a tough decision to shave my head but judging by the reactions to the promos, Kancha Cheena’s new look is working," he smiles.
"The next Munnabhai movie also flags off next year, I can’t wait. Munna’s turned my life around and become a part of my identity." Buzz is that the movie will be directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, Raj Kumar Hirani’s assistant: "Raju should direct this one, after that he can do what he wants," says Sanjay.
Meanwhile, along with Amitabh Bachchan, he was one of the few actors to have visited the ailing Amar Singh: "He’s been very unwell, I hope he recovers soon. He’s always stood by me and is family to me."
In 2009, Sanjay was to contest the Lok Sabha elections on a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket but had to withdraw following the Supreme Court’s refusal to suspend his conviction. After resigning from SP, Amar Singh had announced that he’d be starting his own party. Will Sanjay join him? "I burnt my fingers once, I’ll never get into politics again," he says, adding, "I visited Amar Singhji as a brother and not a politician."