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What happens to Sanjay Dutt films when he serves time

As Sanjay Dutt seeks permission to surrender before Yerwada Jail, Pune instead of a special court, what happens to his films? We analyse at length what will be the impact of absence of Munnabhai aka Sanjay from the industry.

bollywood Updated: May 14, 2013 19:53 IST
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Sanjay Dutt prepares to serve his jail term after he surrenders tomorrow. It will be a month after he sought time from the court to complete his films.

The Supreme Court had on March 21 upheld the conviction of Sanjay Dutt under the Arms Act (for illegally possessing arms) in the terror attack and sentenced him to five years in prison. He has spent 18 months and will have to spend another three-and-half years in jail.

Films Sanjay completed before the surrender

The actor had several films underway when the SC verdict came. The films included P.K., Zanjeer, Unglee, Alibaug, Ghanchakkar, Takrar and Vasooli. Meanwhile, Subhash Kapoor was also planning the next film in Munnabhai series, made legendary by Sanjay Dutt's performance. Some of these were under production while work on others had not begun yet.

Of these, Sanjay Dutt has completed shooting for Alibaug, Policegiri and P.K. The first look of KS Ravikumar and TP Aggarwal's Policegiri was released recently. Alibaug is an old project from the time when Sanjay Dutt and Sanjay Gupta worked together. Dutt has completed shoot for his part in the film. Recently, reports suggested that Gupta may be in the process of reviving the project.

P.K. was another film where Sanjay Dutt plays a pivotal role. In the four weeks' extension Sanjay Dutt received for completing his pending films, he has also been able to finish the job for P.K.

Projects that will remain hanging post surrender
Unfortunately, the shoot for Unglee, Takrar, Vasooli , Takrar, Vasooli may not have been completed yet. Unglee will be directed by Rensil D'Silva and produced by Karan Johar.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected pleas of two film producers who had appealed for granting more time to Sanjay as a huge amount of money was riding on the name of the superstar for their films. An estimate pins Rs 278 crore as the sum riding on Dutt’s back.

Sanjay's work in Takrar also remains to be completed. The film is in pre-production stage and for Agarwal's other film Vasooli, Dutt had only shot for four days.

Film Dutt was dropped from
Sanjay Dutt's cameo in Emraan Hashmi-Vidya Balan-starrer Ghanchakkar was much publicised.The scrapping of the cameo was bound to make noise.

Sanjay Dutt's role in Ghanchakkar had to be removed as the makers were unable to shoot ahead of schedule where Dutt was supposed to make an appearance. Director of the film Rajkumar Gupta says, "It is true that I have scrapped the scene that would have featured Sanjay Dutt in Ghanchakkar. The scene could have only been possible with him, but I realised that we cannot shoot it right now."

Gupta also said, "Without him the scene did not make sense as it would have had Sanjay playing himself. It was a very situational scene. However, it won't be in my movie anymore," Gupta added.(COMPLETE COVERAGE)

Directors likely to miss him

Family and friends apart, at least two directors will surely bemoan Sanjay Dutt’s absence.

Talking about his next Munnabhai Chale Dilli, Director Subhash Kapoor says, "We can't imagine Munnabhai's next part minus Sanjay Dutt. We will wait for our lead actor to complete his jail term."
Just a few days ago Subhash Ghai had said that he plans to revisit his classics like Hero and Khalnayak. Ghai added, "My films Hero, Karma, Ram Lakhan and Khalnayak will be re-written and will be made in a fresh way."

Life ahead

The three-year jail term will mark a huge change in Sanjay Dutt's life and career.

After serving more than three years in the jail, Sanjay Dutt will return to complete Munnabhai Chalo Dilli and other projects.

Films like Unglee, Takrar and Vasooli will be completed only once Dutt gets back from his prison term. However, Sanjay's disconnect with the new, evolving landscape of cinema for full three years may snap his connections within the industry as well as make his fans divert. Out of sight, out of mind?

Sanjay's prison-life

First tryst with law: Sanjay Dutt faced drug addiction in his early years. He is also said to have spent some time in a rehabilitation centre. He spent 5 months in prison in late 1982 after he was accused of possessing illegal drugs. Later, the actor also spent some time in a Texas rehab clinic in the United States.

Mumbai blast and the allegations: The tragic 1993 Mumbai blasts changed the lives of several people, but for Sanjay Dutt, it has been the most pestering and worst case of his life. Riding high on the success of his movie Khalnayak, Sanjay Dutt was in for shock when he was named in the chargesheet filed in connection with the Mumbai blasts early that year. Sanjay Dutt was charged under special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) court under Arms Act in relation with 1993 Mumbai blasts. It was alleged that Sanjay Dutt possessed illegal arms that were delievered to him by terrorist Abu Salem. Dutt was also accused of hatching terrorist conspiracy.

The Bollywood actor was arrested in 1994 from Mumbai airport. The actor was charged under TADA (Terrorist And Disruptive Activities Act) and he spent around 16 months in jail before being released on bail in October 1995.

He was again arrested in December 1995 and remained in prison for almost two years. He was released on bail again in 1997. Dutt's Bollywood career suffered a lot as he could not keep his commitments of dates with various filmmakers during the time. His movies were releasing in meanwhile but he did not have any major offers in hand.

Mumbai blasts case: haunting revisit: The Mumbai blasts case was re-opened in 2006 and once again Sanjay Dutt spent most of his time (exactly 7 months) in jail. Sanjay was sentenced to 6 years jail in July 2007 for illegal possession of arms. The verdict, however, was a relief to Dutt as the court acquitted him of the terrorist conspiracy charges.

First Published: May 14, 2013 15:51 IST