While the film industry is keeping its fingers crossed for Sanjay Dutt, it is probably heaving a sigh of relief that most his projects, excluding one, have been completed.
Of 10 films, the net worth of which is valued at approximately Rs 183 crore, the only two that have seen no progress are Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision's Mr Fraud, which has not been completed yet, and director Milan Luthria's Beehad, which has not taken off yet.
When contacted, Luthria refused to comment on the case, but added that his film is expected to go on the floors by 2007-end. Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision refused to go on record about the film's fate, but did accept that they were with Dutt.
After his trial began, Dutt tried his best to complete all his pending work, which included dubbing for Mahendra Dhariwal's Nehlle Pe Dehlla and Afzal Khan's Mehbooba and shooting for Sanjay Gupta's Shootout At Lokhandwala. "Apart from dubbing, he even canned an item number, which we decided to add at the last hour," said Dhariwal. "It is not just me but the entire industry that is optimistic that he (Dutt) will come out clean. We are all praying," he added.
Dutt's friend and partner Sanjay Gupta too is optimistic that nothing will happen. "As far as White Feather Films is considered, it is his company, so there is no question of panic. Frankly, the media is just going ballistic with his case. His so-called offence has not yet been proved and is not as serious as it is being made out to be. I guess it is time we gave the man some space," Gupta said.
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