Tonight, actor Sanjay Dutt completes a week on his debut TV show Bigg Boss 5. Apart from the industry’s reactions, what Agneepath’s new Kancha Cheena is really thrilled about is daughter Trishala's response to his small screen outing. “When she messaged me for the first time, she had only seen the teaser campaign. Eventually, she watched the music video and other promos that Salman Khan and I had shot. She loved our chemistry,” says Sanjay.
His 22-year-old daughter has been in touch with him from New York, where she is currently pursuing a career in criminal psychology. “She has stood by all my decisions in life and I have always respected hers. I’m really hoping she likes my solo act as an anchor as well,” says the actor.
Trishala was born to Sanjay’s first wife, actor Richa Sharma, in 1989. She’s lived most of her life with her paternal grandparents and maternal aunt Enna. About two or three years ago, she had expressed the desire to become a Bollywood actor like her father and paternal grandparents, the late Sunil and Nargis Dutt. She had apparently even got a portfolio prepared. When asked if he sees Trishala making her entry into the industry, probably with a film produced by her father, Sanjay puts it straight: “I don’t see my daughters acting in movies because the Dutt girls have never, and as long as I live, will never act in movies. Iqra is still very young to understand what’s going on, but Trishala, I know, is happy with her career choice. And that’s how it should be.”
Sanjay shoots for Bigg Boss 5 once every week at Karjat’s ND Studios. Does Trishala plan to visit her father, stepmother Manyata and twin siblings — sister Iqra and brother Shahraan — any time soon?
“I would love to have her around at least once while I’m shooting this show because she loves it,” says Sanjay, adding, “I don’t want her work to suffer because she flew to India to be with her siblings and me. So, no pressures, but hopes are definitely pinned, as that’s how a father’s heart feels for his daughter, whom he doesn’t see everyday.”