When Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt was in Pune’s Yerwada Central Jail, he started writing poetry. A source close to the actor says that he had written around 500 shayaris while he was in jail. Now, Dutt is planning to publish a book that will feature these shayaris. Apparently, he wants to gift the first two copies to two of his special friends, who were also inmates at the Yerwada Jail.
“The book will be called Salaakhen, and it will be a compilation of his shayaris. When it releases, the actor wants to gift a few copies to his fellow inmates -- Zeeshan and Sameer. He is very close to them, as they were the ones who helped him write the poems,” says the source.
Apparently, Dutt has already shared the shayaris with his close friends and family members, including director Rajkumar Hirani and screenwriter Abhijat Joshi, among others.
While Dutt couldn’t be reached for a comment, his spokesperson says, “Sanjay is very close to Zeeshan and Sameer. His shayaris revolve around his experiences and learnings from his time injail.”
The book is likely to hit the shelves later this year.
Others who wrote books in jail:
Nelson Mandela wrote Conversations With Myself
Martin Luther King Jr wrote Letters From Birmingham Jail
Jawaharlal Nehru wrote The Discovery Of India
Subrata Roy wrote Life Mantras
Jeffrey Archer wrote A Prison Diary