Actors not Just Onscreen

This was inevitable.

Film actor Sanjay Dutt, held guilty for possessing arms in the 1993 bomb blast case, on Thursday arrived at the TADA court which would hear his plea seeking time to surrender. Dutt’s lawyers are likely to seek a pardon for him on the grounds of good behaviour.

G-o-o-d b-e-h-a-v-i-o-u-r.

And he realized that this late in life? At 45 (47?). Pigs can fly. Makes me wonder. Mere months after his first release from the TADA prison, he was caught poaching deer in the Dandeli forest. Our wonderful political apparatus hushed the matter quickly. One would reasonably expect that the time he spent in the TADA jail would’ve wisened him enough to don the “good boy” hat from then on. Killing an harmless animal for fun isn’t counted as good behaviour. But then, his record suggests that he has never grown beyond boyhood. His late dad ensured that he remained one lifelong–ref: Sunil Dutt’s repeated defences that his son had a “traumatic childhood.”

If a person who had access to toys like AK56s claims in court that he possessed them for “self-defence,” one is truly at a loss for comment. Perhaps the most disgusting element in this affair is the decrepit sentence he was awarded: just five years of imprisonment for a traitor, which is really what Sanjay Dutt is. It is highly instructive to read Sanjay Dutt’s profile, which Suketu Mehta has painted in his Maximum City.

Yet the media at various points in the recent months has chosen to focus on his alleged Gandhigiri; perhaps the outcome of some meticulous stage-management. If Dutt seriously professes Gandhian ethos, let him simply donate his wealth and like Gandhi, abide by the vow, and live half-clothed, like millions of Indians live even today.


But what Dutt Jr wants really is to convince the courts to “donate” to him the 5-year sentence. What better way to do that than put on an elaborate charade of Gandhigiri and poojas and yagnas and photo-ops with the insulted and the humiliated.

8 comments for “Actors not Just Onscreen

  1. April 21, 2007 at 7:40 PM

    hi sunju baba im fan ali dutt pakistan ?????????????

  2. Ravindra
    December 29, 2006 at 12:07 PM


    Somebody sent this to me thru an email forward. Since its relevant here, I thought I’ll post it:

    “Star versus ‘Star’

    On Tuesday a news swept across all the news channels ‘Sanjay Dutt relieved by the court’. ‘Sirf Munna Not a bhai’ ’13 saal ka vanvaas khatam’ alhough found guilty for possession of armory, Sanjay can breathe a sigh of relief as all the TADA charges against him are withdrawn’

    And then many experts like Salman khan saying ‘He is a good person. We knew he will come out clean’ Mr. Big B, ‘Dutt family and our family have relations for years – he’s a good kid. He is like elder brother to Abhishek’. His sister Priya Dutt ‘we can sleep well tonight it’s a great relief’

    In another news: Parliament was mad at Indian team for performing badly; Greg Chappel said something; Bomb scare in Gorakhpoor express; and Shah Rukh Khan replaces Big B in KBC and Sonia asked PM to consider reducing petroleum prices (I wonder who’s the PM, anyways that is not the topic so leave it) But most of the emphasis was given on Sanjay Dutt’s “phoenix like” comeback from the ashes of terrorist charges.

    Surfing through the channels, one news on BBC startled me, it read, Hisbul Mujahidin?s Most wanted terrorist ‘Sohel Faisal’ killed in Anantnag , India . Indian Major leading the operation lost his life in the process. Four others are injured.

    It was past midnight, I started visiting the Indian channels, the ones who are ‘Sabse TEZ’, but Sanjubaba was still ruling. They were telling How Sanjubaba pleaded to the court saying ‘I am the sole bread earner for my family’ ‘I have a daughter who is studying in US – who will look after her’. And then they showed how Sanjubaba was not wearing his lucky blue shirt while he was hearing the verdict. Also how he went to every temple and prayed for last some months. A suspect in Mumbai bomb blasts, convicted under armory act was being made into a hero.

    Major Manish H Pitambare got the information from his sources about the terrorists’ whereabouts. Wasting no time he attacked the camp killed the Hisbul Mujahidin’s supremo and in the process lost his life. To the bullets fired from an AK47

    He has a wife and a daughter (just like Sanjubaba), age, 18 months.

    Major Manish never said ‘I have a daughter’ before he took the decision to attack the terrorist hide out on the darkest of nights?

    He never thought about having a family and he being the sole bread earner.

    No news channel covered this since they were too busy hyping a former drug addict, an actor in real and reel life, a suspect who’s linked to bomb blasts which killed hundreds. Their aim was to show how he defied the TADA charges and they were so successful that his conviction in possession of armory had no meaning. They also concluded that his parents in heaven must be happy and proud of him

    Parents of Major Pitambare are still on this earth and they have to live rest of their lives without their beloved son. His daughter won’t ever see her papa again.

    Definition of a Star has changed MajorDutt it really has. So Sanjubaba always has a gun in every one of his movies then in real life if he has an AK47 then what’s the big deal we are used to see him with some ammunition without it he’s just a 49 year old hero so he did it for us, so that we feel normal; Even if one of the bullets from one of such AK47′s took a Real Star’s life

    but sir bole toh, tension nahi leneka. Aapun ko thoda bura laga. Aapun pure din aapke baarein mein socha. Sach bataun kya aapun dukhi matlab ki senty ho gaya isliye ye likha.

    Sorry major, to my generation there is no greater hero than one who laid his life in the name of this great nation. Hence Sir, I salute you. You are the real Star….

    Vande mataram.”

  3. Harish Duggirala
    December 28, 2006 at 11:00 PM

    “You’re not at all angry, are you?”

    No I am very pissed off, everyone who committed any crime gets away as long as he is an actor or a politician and on top of this we have brainwashed Bollywood morons who support these actors,

    The way India is heading with a PM who publicly claims that “Minorities must have first claim on resources”, I feel that the situation has become completely hopeless, soon (maybe within our life times) we will have Mughal empire reestablished in the name of “minority rights”.

    Goa will then be gifted to the Christians because once Muslims get Mughalistan Christians will ask for reinstatement of their pastime of heretic burning and witch hunting in Goa and our gov’t will be happy to oblige, you may think that is too much but have you heard of the recent Christian demand in AP for a subsidy by gov’t to Christian visitors to Bethlehem by a Bishop on the lines of Haj subsidy, YSR was quite happy and said that the gov’t will look into it.

  4. Sandeep
    December 26, 2006 at 4:37 PM


    You’re not at all angry, are you? :)

  5. AlphaKatana
    December 23, 2006 at 3:44 PM

    My thoughts but better written, Sandeep. Reminds me of,

    Jab g**nd lagi fatney,
    toh prasad laga batney.

  6. Harish Duggirala
    December 23, 2006 at 9:03 AM

    Avi blind morons like you will always be slaves to this or that actor, for your info your God Sanjay was found guilty under the Arms Act.

    As for you drinking blood, I suggest you check into the nearest mental hospital before you go completely mad, better yet set yourself on fire and create some drama like the many losers who do the same for Sonia Gandhi or this or that actor.

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  8. Avi
    December 21, 2006 at 8:08 PM

    Hey even that he has not found guilty of being a terorists.YOU THE MEDIA IS NOT HAPPY. you want him to be in jail all his life even if he is innocent.IF you was writting this in front of me, i would drink your blood.Believe me.
    Forever fans of sanjay dutt

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