Sanjay Dutt's verdict on Tuesday has put Uttar Pradesh's Congress politician Subhash Passi in a lurch. The politician was planning to enter the film industry with a Bhojpuri film-Dutt was to do a special appearance.
Now with the actor's conviction, Passi has apparently hit a roadblock.
According to a source, Passi was close to Sunil Dutt and has been friends with Sanjay for the last 10 years.
On Tuesday, Passi made it a point to be with the Dutts. He even accompanied the actor to the TADA court.
"I was with Sanju on almost all his hearing dates," said the politician.
When asked about the project, a reluctant Passi said, "I am close to the Dutts. But I don't want to comment on this question."
Bhojpuri actor Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirhua' is supposed to play the main lead of the yet-untitled Bhojpuri film.
"Yes, I'm making a film with Dinesh. The film will start soon," he admited. After a pause, he revealed, "Sanju did say that he'd be a part of it."
If Dutt had acted in the Bhojpuri film, he would have been added to the statistics of actors from the Hindi film industry doing cameos in Bhojpuri films.
Amitabh Bachchan is a classic example - he acted in his make-up man Deepak Sawant's film Ganga, which went on to do well at the box-office in the north. Bachchan is also acting in the sequel titled Gangotri.
Hema Malini worked with Bachchan in Ganga. Bhumika Chawla has also been cast in Gangotri.
Ajay Devgan acted in Dhartiputra for his cinematographer friend Nirmal Jani.