God has been really kind to me. I’ve been through some tough times but now, at 50, I’m becoming a daddy for the second time. It’s like being given another shot at life," beams Sanjay Dutt, whose wife Manyata is expecting twins in December.
He admits they have no clue if they are going to have two boys, two girls or one of each. Still, Dutt is plenty excited about the double blessing even though friends with twins have been telling him that it is both, a wonderful and wearisome experience.
"When one cries, the other bawls too, and as soon as one wakes, the other is up and calling as well. Maanya will have her hands full," he smiles, explaining why Manyata will not be actively involved with his first home production, the David Dhawan directed Rascals. "She has her own business and with running the house and later running after the kids, she’ll have little time for much else."
Ajay Devgn became a daddy for the second time too on September 13. For Dutt, Yug is almost like his own son. "Veeruji (Ajay’s action director father Veeru Devgn) worked with me in my debut film, Rocky, and has coordinated the action for several other movies since. Ajay and I have also done films like Mehbooba, LOC Kargil, All The Best together and recently, signed Power, my first film with Rajjji’s (Rajkumar Santoshi).
Ajay’s like a brother and the Devgns are family," he asserts.
Dutt’s first-born, Trishala, recently graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. He was looking forward to being with his daughter on Graduation Day. But his application for visa renewal was rejected for the second time in two years.
“I’ve wanted to do everything right for Trishala since she was born but circumstances conspired against me,” he sighs. “Still, I’m very proud of the way she’s conducted her life. She has a degree now, wow!”
Dutt’s movie, Knock Out, is gearing up for an October 15 release. His suave look has caught the eye. “The goatee makes me look mature,” he points out. “And the black and white ensemble helps me blend with the crowds. That was important since I have my gun trained on Irrfan (Khan) through the movie. Most of the time though he was not in front of me and I had to react to an imaginary Irrfan.”
Isn’t the film inspired by Phone Booth? “No way!” he retorts. And didn’t Irrfan demand more on-screen action? “Don’t believe rumours,” he counsels. “Irrfan and I got along well. And when an actor approves of a script, he knows what to expect. There’s no reason to be unhappy.”