‘I DON’T FEAR MY KIDS WILL HATE ME’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

His never-say-die spirit is what keeps him go­ing, says San­jay Dutt, while in town to pro­mote his re­cent re­lease, Bhoomi, his come­back in a full-fledged role af­ter three years. “You have to for­get what’s in the past and have to move on. You can’t live with all that has hap­pened,” says Dutt, who has spent long years on the wrong side of the law in a weapons pos­ses­sion case, and has a history of drug abuse. “What­ever was there is a part of my life, which is gone, and I’ve moved on — I believe that’s the only way to deal with some­thing like that.” On this visit, Dutt looks un­well: weary eyes, sore throat, and 103 de­grees fever. He be­gins the in­ter­view say­ing, “Sorry, I won’t be sound­ing too en­thu­si­as­tic be­cause I’m re­ally not feel­ing well.” How­ever, things are look­ing up for him, with a come­back movie, and a ful­fill­ing fam­ily life. Dutt is wait­ing for his sixyear-old twins — Iqra and Shahraan — to grow up so that he can nar­rate his story to them. Are there any ap­pre­hen­sions as to how they will re­act? “Hon­estly, I don’t fear that my kids will start hat­ing me af­ter know­ing my story,” he replies. “That’s the truth, and they have to know it and live with it. I feel it’s bet­ter if they hear it from me than [from] some­body else. And, of course, once they know ev­ery­thing, they can learn from that, too.” That Dutt is a dot­ing fa­ther is well known, but he missed be­ing with his kids on a lot of oc­ca­sions. On how he’s mak­ing up for lost time, he says, “I spend a lot of time with them now. The pe­riod when I was in jail, they were too small. And if you ask me, I’d say I was lucky that it hap­pened at that time.” Have the kids seen his films? “Yeah, they have watched Munnab­hai (2006), Po­lice­giri (2013), and Mis­sion Kash­mir (2000) and they love it. They’re like, ‘Wow, papa is on TV.’ And that makes me the hap­pi­est,” says Dutt. Asked if he wishes that he could undo any­thing, Dutt says, “When you’re go­ing through a prob­lem, you think that way, but once it’s over, I don’t think you should brood over it and think ‘I wish…’ or ‘if I could….’”

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