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Dutt becomes dad

entertainment Updated: Oct 23, 2010 01:30 IST
Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Actor Sanjay Dutt, and wife Maanayata have become proud parents to twins — a baby boy and baby girl — two weeks before they were expected to, and the couple’s close friend, actor Ameesha Patel, calls it the ideal Diwali gift.

“I know how much both of them wanted the babies... this is the best Diwali gift we could have got,” she says. Maanayata, 32, had a caesarean delivery at 1.30pm on Thursday. “Maana is heavily sedated. She will spend Diwali in the hospital. No one can see or meet the babies for the next 15 days. They are healthy, but fragile because they came two weeks earlier,” Patel adds.

Maanayata went into labour at 10:30 in the morning, and Sanjay’s sisters Priya and Namrata, and his secretary, Dharam Oberoi, rushed her to the hospital. “All of Sanjay and Maanayata’s relatives were there,” Patel says.

The babies coming early was a surprise to everyone, Patel reveals. “Sanju was in Dubai. He flew in on Thursday night after he got the news. I’m glad there is a baby girl I can doll up in pink. Sanju wanted a boy. We both got our wish.”

Patel says she is at a loss for what to gift Maana. “She has prepared so well for the next seven months — everything from diapers, clothes to baby bottles,” says the actor. “I have named the girl Ameesha from my side. Although Maana has not spoken about it, I know that she has secretly thought of two baby girl names and two baby boy names.” Meanwhile, celebrities, including Shilpa Shetty, Farah Khan Ali and Sophie Choudry, wished the couple.