Sanjay Balraj Dutt is an Indian actor, author and film producer who works in Hindi films. He is the son of actors Sunil dutt and Nargis. As a child actor, he briefly appeared in the 1972 film Reshma Aur Shera as a qawali singer. His acting career actually started in 1981, shortly after the death of his mother. His debut film was the box-office super hit Rocky. Dutt then went on to star in Vidhaata, the highest-grossing Hindi film of 1982, along with film veterans Dilip Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, and Sanjeev Kumar. The year 1986 was a major turning point in Dutt’s career. The release of his film Naam received major critical and commercial success. He then went on to appear in successful films throughout the 80’s such as Imaandaar, Inaam Dus Hazaar, Jeete Hain Shaan Se, Mardon Wali Baat, Kanoon Apna Apna, and Taawatwar. His performances in both Kabzaa and Hathyar were also both well received by critics although both films only managed average collections at the box office. Then, in the late 1980s he was seen in a number of multi-starrers alongside leading actors like Govinda, Mithun, Dharmendra, Jackie Shroff, and Sunny Deol. Although he achieved a lot of success throughout the 80s, Dutt found himself battling the law in 1993. During this year, Mumbai suffered a series of serial bombings. He was among several people associated with Bollywood who were accused of involvement. It was claimed that Dutt accepted a delivery of weapons at his house from the masterminds behind the bombings. Thus, in April 1993, he was arrested and subsequently granted bail. Soon after, the bail was cancelled and he was re-arrested. Coincidentally, Dutt’s arrest occurred around the release of his film, Khalnayak, in which he played a wanted criminal. Therefore, Dutt’s off-screen controversy gained the film major critical and commercial success. Then on 31 July 2007, Dutt was cleared of the charges relating to the blasts, however, the court sentenced Dutt to six years’ rigorous imprisonment for illegal possession of weapons. After, the whole ordeal in 1993, Dutts first film after his arrest was Daud (1997) which did average at the box-office despite high publicity. 1999 however, was a great year for Dutt and one regarded as his comeback because all of his five releases were among the highest-grossing films of that year. Throughout his career, Dutt won several awards including the Filmfare Best Actor Award. His most notable award is the Rashtrapati Bhavan for which he was invited by the President of India.
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