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All the best, Sanju!

It's raining films for Sanju baba. The actor is doing Soham Shah’s Luck, followed by Sujoy Ghosh’s Aladdin and Ajay Chandok’s Chatur Singh Two Star. The actor will be wrapping up All The Best in a week. The actor speaks to Hiren Kotwani about his upcoming films, politics and more.

entertainment Updated: Jun 22, 2009 20:35 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times

Yes, that’s right. The actor, who been through numerous ups and downs in his journey of life so far, is looking for a good writer to pen his autobiography. That’s what he reluctantly wondered, when asked about his plans of bringing out a tell-all book.

For almost two months, he’s been camping in Goa, shooting for actor-buddy, Ajay Devgan’s next production, All The Best, in which he plays a businessman. Seems after a break due to campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections, which he almost contested till the Supreme Court verdict, Baba as he’s affectionately called even at 49, is back to facing the camera.

There’s always plenty to talk to him about.. but he’s not always so readily talkative. Call it good luck to catch him in a good mood or the fun he’s having, shooting a comic climax for the film, that Sanjay Dutt seems at ease speaking about his political sojourn to movie production plans.

Excerpts from the marathon conversation..
You’ve lost about 12 kilos in a month. Gymming hard?
I’m on a diet that forbids me from biting into any carbohydrates. One small mistake and it boomerangs on you. I haven’t been exercising much after I went on this diet. I’ll start training in a week or two.

Will your image as a politician now influence your choice of roles and movies?

No, I’m an actor first, and as a professional, my job is to do justice to every kind of role. I got into politics to serve people. If I can make a difference in the lives of even 10 persons, it will be worth it.

The 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai triggered off a strong desire to serve the country. It was great to see people gather at the Gateway of India to protest against government inaction. But, then, the anger fizzled out as reflected in the voter turnout. The system won’t change overnight but to bring about a change, I had to first get into it and understand how it

You’re new to politics so did you need to be briefed?
I was to be briefed but it didn’t happen. Someone suggested I start off talking about my father (Sunil Dutt) who came to Lucknow after the Partition and started a new journey. Somebody else suggested I talk about Mohammed Tuglaq who made Tugpaqabad his capital but later went back to Delhi.

A couple of politicians preceeded me on stage and one of them, to my surprise, brought up the Tuglaq and the other mentioned my dad. I was like, “Yeh to mere lines bol gaye.” When it was my turn, I spoke from the heart out and I was fine.

You spoke about giving a jhappi and pappi to Mayavati. She filed an FIR against you.
I clarified that I spoke as a brother. It was never my intention to make an indecent proposition and hurt her feelings. She understood when I explained.

Now that you’re shooting again, how do you plan to strike a balance between your roles as actor and politician?
I can continue to serving people from here, I don’t have to be with them 24x7. I’ll be meeting people regularly, hearing out and trying to solve their problems.

Will Manyata get into politics now?
My wife is not getting into politics.

Who’s your role model?
Amar Singh, and I’m not saying this because he’s my brother. He’s really sharp.. he has all the facts and figures at his fingertips. Working with him is a learning experience.

What’s new on the movie front?
Soham Shah’s Luck is up next, followed by Sujoy Ghosh’s Aladdin and Ajay Chandok’s Chatur Singh Two Star. I’ll be wrapping up All The Best in a week, it will be a Diwali release. There’s also Rahul Dholakia’s Lamhaa and Anthony D’Souza’s Blue coming up.

Soon, I’ll also be starting Anil Kapoor’s No Problem followed by Indra Kumar’s Double Dhamaal. Then, there’s also Apoorva Lakhia’s next, in which I’m playing a cop again after Shootout at Lokhandwala, and not to forget, Rajkumar Hirani’s Munaabhai Chale Amerika, which will start sometime in the middle of next year.

What abut your production plans? Reportedly, you’re producing and acting in Soham Shah’s next, India.
Yes, and I’m also looking at other scripts.

While filming Kidnap, you called Aamir Khan to tell him about a dangerous stunt Imran Khan was doing. During Luck did you speak to Aamir again?
Imran is young and in the initial stages of his career. He can’t risk getting injured and being ruled out of action for even a month. With the technology we have today, it’s not necessary for him to do his stunts himself even though we did just that. Why take unnecessary risks?

You’ve done action sequences in Luck and Blue.
In Luck, my character gets others to do things for him. And in Blue most of the action was underwater and that made it exciting.

Working on your autobiography?
(Smiles) Can you suggest someone who can write it? Whoever it is, let me tell you it won’t be a tell-all kind of a book. I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently. I read Gangs by Ross Kemp. He has documented his meetings with the most dangerous underworld dons in the world, each chapter dedicated to a different country. It’s very impressive. Imagine getting such people to speak on camera? Wow!

First Published: Jun 22, 2009 19:52 IST