Sanjay Dutt’s biography by Yasser Usman talks about one of the bad boys of Bollywood. I picked up this book as I have grown watching his movies and wanted to know more about him. While his movies were an indispensable part of my childhood, I was never a big fan of Sanjay Dutt. For me, he was just one more Bollywood actor among many. Yet, his personal life always intrigued me. And, my curiosity to know more about his personal life forced me to pick up this book.
Sanjay Dutt has always lived under the media spotlight. A lot has already been written about him on newspapers. A lot has previously been said about his life on various news channels. However, most of these deal with the controversies associated with this star. We do not know much about his childhood. We also do not know much about his journey as a film star. We know a little about his family but nothing much. In other words, there was no attempt to provide a detailed account of his life. And, that is why; this book by Yasser Usman should be appreciated. The book ‘Sanjay Dutt: The Crazy Untold Story of Bollywood’s Bad Boy’ brings out the lesser known aspects of Sanjay Dutt’s life. More importantly, the book attempts to uncover as to why Sanjay Dutt is the way he is.
The book moves in a chronological order, except at the beginning where Sanjay Dutt’s embroilment with 1993 Mumbai serial blasts has been briefly touched upon. The same incident has been dealt with in detail in later portions of the book. The biography begins with a short background of Sanjay Dutt’s parents (Sunil Dutt and Nargis), their marriage and his birth. The book then moves into his teenage years and his time in the boarding school. You see his affairs in this boarding school and get to know about his lack of interest in the study. His relationship with his mother during his time in the boarding school has been brought out really well. Sanjay was the pampered boy who gradually got addicted to drugs. Sanjay’s struggle to come out of this addiction, his film career, his numerous affairs with his co-stars, his married life and his relationships with his wives, his involvement with the underworld, his curious calls to gangster Chota Shakeel, and his jail sentence are some of the other major subjects that have been dealt in this book.
Throughout the book, Sanjay Dutt comes across as a boy who never grew up. However, Sanjay’s artlessness and simplicity make people believe that he is genuinely good at heart. This point has been emphasized at a number of places in the book.
This is one of those books that leave you wanting for more. While I do get to know the role played by his parents in Sanjay Dutt’s life, Sanjay Dutt’s relationship with his sisters has not been dealt with in detail. I would have definitely wanted to know more about them. What role did they play in Sanjay Dutt’s life? The author delves a bit into Sanjay’s rehabilitation period. This, according to me, certainly deserved more space in the book. In fact, there are a number of topics that the author just touches upon and has not gone into too much detail. It seems that he has just touched upon what he felt was important to share. The cover of the book also disappointed me. It could have been much better.
Overall, the book under review is a nice book to spend time with. Do not miss if you are a Sanju Baba’s fan.