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Sanju married again?

The actor reportedly has a mystery woman in his life. Read on.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 12:25 IST
Vajir Singh
Vajir Singh

Showtown is abuzz with the news of Sanjay Dutt’s mystery woman Manyata. Her real name is Dilnawaz Shaikh. She is divorced from her first husband and has been living with Dutt Jr since November 19, which is also the day they reportedly married.

Although Dutt has denied his third marriage, a source reveals, “Sanjay and Manyata got married at his Bandra house. It is more than possible that the couple will go in for a court marriage in February, preferably on Valentine’s Day.. depending on the court verdict.”

Sanjay Dutt has been seeing Manyata for over two years and is believed to be crazy about her. He’s “very into her,” a source said, adding, “This is so unlike the way he behaved with Nadia Durrani whom he hid from the world.” Though born in Mumbai, Manyata has stayed most of her life in Dubai. Her family moved back to Mumbai a few years ago to start a textile business.

‘Sanju’s very crazy about her.’

But when Manyata decided to join films, it is said that her family disowned her. She featured in an item number in Prakash Jha’s Gangaajal.

It is Jha who changed her from Dilnawaz to Manyata. But her aspirations to become an actress were cut short when her father suddenly passed away. She then took over the reins of her father’s business — a factory in Navi Mumbai and an office in Malad.

But business responsibilities didn’t stop her from keeping in touch with her showbiz friend. “She was introduced to Sanjay by his friend, producer Nitin Manmohan. Sanjay and she fell for each other,” discloses the source.

Though, they were seen together, Dutt was also in touch with his girlfriend Nadia Durrani. Subsequently, Sanjay broke off with Nadia last year. Since then he has been committed to Manyata.

Initially, Dutt’s family members — sisters Priya and Namrata were unhappy with his decision of marrying Manyata. But the scenario has changed now. She looks after ‘Sanju’.. so his family has accepted her.

Some months ago, Dutt Jr has decided to revive his father’s production company, Ajanta Arts. A source discloses this was Manyata’s idea. In future, she could well call the shots.

Dutt has been publicly seen with Manyata since their alleged marriage. She was present at the Mrs World Contest 2007 for which Dutt was one of the judges. They came together, but no one noticed that.. since they walked in a bit late. Manyata occupied a seat behind the actor. Manyata also accompanied Dutt during the shoot of Lage Raho Munnabhai in Goa.

It is said that the couple is madly in love and even fight like kids. A couple of months ago, Sanjay was chasing Manyata in her building compound in Lokhandwala despite the fact that the entire neighbourhood was watching them with eyes agape.

When we had contacted Dutt Jr about the nikaah rumours, three days ago, he had laughed at the very idea, saying, “I would inform you before anyone else.” After the photographs with Manyata/Dilnawaz appeared yesterday, all efforts to contact him on cell phone failed. Well, here’s another story that will get the denial.. rebattals.. and show world’s oldest statement, “We’re just friends.”Come on, let’s grow up, shall we?


First Published: Jan 09, 2007 13:00 IST