Yash uncle, my parents smiling in heaven: Sanjay Dutt

After a long drought at the box-office, actor Sanjay Dutt finally tastes success with Agneepath’s Rs 100 crore earnings, happy to leave villain Kancha behind and take on Munnabhai avatar next.

bollywood Updated: Jan 31, 2012 17:14 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
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Agneepath that opened on January 26, Republic Day, has netted Rs 67.50 crore worldwide in a four-day run according to reports, with gross collections racing past the Rs 100 crore benchmark.

And no one is happier than Sanjay Dutt. On Friday, as box-office reports filtered in, he posted a picture of himself with his parents, Nargis and Sunil Dutt, on his BlackBerry Messenger, with a status message that read, “You’ll be proud of Kancha.”

The original Agneepath (1990), featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Danny Denzongpa, acquired cult status, but producer Yash Johar always regretted that it wasn’t a commercial hit.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/Sanjay_agneepath.jpg"I was hoping this one would be the first blockbuster of 2012, as it’s a commercial film with great screen moments and dialogue," says Sanjay, who was asked to recite the line "Ramji padhaar chuke hain, dekho vanar sena to nahin laye" (Shri Ram has arrived, check if he’s come with his monkey army) at Sunday’s success party, and happily obliged.

“As a child, I played on Yash uncle’s lap, he bought me so many of my toys. Today, I know both he and my parents are smiling in heaven, as they proudly look down on Karan (producer Karan Johar) and me.”

Sanjay, who turned producer last year with Rascals (2010), is all praise for Karan.

“Dharma Productions has only become bigger and I’d want that for my own banner too. We’re passionate filmmakers and not proposal makers,” says the star, who is gearing up to launch the Satte Pe Satta remake.

“I’ve already got Mr Bachchan’s (Amitabh Bachchan, who played a double role in the 1982 original) blessing. The last two years haven’t been great, but 2012 has got off to a flyer. It was great to get back in action.”

Before the year ends, Sanjay will have started shooting for the third Munnabhai film. He says, “Kancha and Munna are opposites of each other, and to be considered perfect for both is the biggest compliment for an actor.

To begin the year with gaalis (swear words) and end it with a jadoo ki jhappi (hug). Wow!"

First Published: Jan 31, 2012 12:07 IST