Sanjay Dutt Had An Affair With Madhuri Dixit When His First Wife, Richa Was Battling With Tumour

Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit were a ‘thing’ in the 90s and everyone knew about their torrid affair. However, it ended in the year 1997 when Madhuri was called the home breaker by the people around that time. Read on as we take a look back at the timeline!


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Sanjay Dutt Had An Affair With Madhuri Dixit When His First Wife, Richa Was Battling With Tumour

Bollywood actor, Sanjay Dutt has always been controversy’s favourite child. From his dark past to his linkups, the actor has always been in the headlines. However, not many know that Sanjay Dutt was once in a relationship with the dhak-dhak girl, Madhuri Dixit in the '90s. It was a love affair that has been in the headlines of every tabloid. But it had ended on a sad note when Madhuri was blamed for Sanjay Dutt separation from his first wife, Richa Sharma. 

It is no hidden secret that yesteryear’s most loved on-screen pair, Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit were a ‘thing’ in the 90s and everyone knew about their torrid affair. However, it ended in the year 1997 when Madhuri was called the home breaker by the people around that time. Read on as we take a look back at the timeline of Sanjay and Madhuri's affair! 

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From being co-actors to lovers

Sanjay and Madhuri

After working together in several movies like Saajan, Thaanedar, Khalnayak, Sanjay and Madhuri had fallen in love with each other. According to the industry insiders, theirs’ was not a fly-by affair, the two were serious about each other. Back in 1991, before and after the release of the superhit film, Saajan, Madhuri and Sanjay’s love affair was talk of the town and was every magazine’s cover story. There were many stories about their alleged affair that had started on the sets of their films. They had started working in 1988 and had worked till 1997. However, after 25 years, Madhuri and Sanjay had worked together for Karan Johar's film, Kalank.

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Madhuri Dixit was in awe of Sanjay Dutt and would talk loving about him

Sanjay and Madhuri

Madhuri and Sanjay Dutt not only shared a superb camaraderie, but they were also fond of each other's company. In one of her interviews, Madhuri had called Sanjay her 'favourite partner'. She had revealed that he had kept her entertained with his jokes and he is also a perfect gentleman that is loved by all. Madhuri had said:

“My favourite partner is Sanjay Dutt, he’s a real joker…and his stories make me laugh all the time, but he is also a gentleman. Sanju is a fantastic person. He has a loving heart and, in contrast to the widely held view, a good sense of humour. He is the only guy who makes me laugh all the time. He does not play games. He is open and uncomplicated.”

Sanjay Dutt wanted to marry Madhuri, despite being a married man

Sanjay and Madhuri

Madhuri's interviews about Sanjay Dutt had added fuel to the fire of love. Soon, there were whispers in the B-town about their mutual admiration and love for each other. The two had fallen in love with each other at a time when Sanjay was married to his first wife, Richa Sharma. There were rumours all around that Sanjay would divorce Richa and would marry Madhuri. During this time, Richa was in the USA, for her brain tumour treatment. When the news of Madhuri and Sanjay’s affair reached her ears, she had flown back to Mumbai in 1992.

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Sanjay Dutt's first wife, Richa Sharma was left heartbroken when she came back to India

Sanjay with first wife, Richa

Sanjay Dutt's first wife, Richa Sharma was hopeful about her marriage. She knew that it was the distance that had created a tiff in their relationship and they would get back together. She was sure that she didn't want a divorce and together they would mend their relationship. In a media interaction, Richa was once quoted saying:

“We’ve been apart for so long, we’re not totally in tune with each other. But it is nothing serious, we can overcome it. I did ask Sanjay if he was going to divorce me and he said absolutely not. As for me, I don’t want a divorce. I’ve come down because I want to be with him again.”

Sanjay Dutt with first wife, Richa

When Richa came back from New York, she was hopeful about her married life that was falling apart because of lack of communication and entry of another person into their lives. However, within 15 days, Richa had returned to New York with a broken heart. In another interview, Rich had revealed that she was badly treated by Sanjay and there was no scope for them to mend their relationship. She had said:

“I love him with all my heart. Whatever happens, I will always stand by him. He treated me very shabbily when I came down to meet him.”

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Madhuri Dixit was accused of being a home breaker

Sanjay Dutt with first wife Richa

Richa Sharma’s sister, Ena Sharma had outrightly accused Madhuri Dixit of breaking her sister’s marriage with Sanjay Dutt. In her interview with CineBlitz magazine in 1992, Ena had lashed out at Madhuri and had called her inhuman. She had revealed that it was a shock for them to know that they were in a relationship. Ena had said:

“Madhuri is so inhuman…I mean Madhuri can get any man she wants. How can she go for a man who’s behaved in such a way with his wife? I know they are good friends because he’s called her from our house. And he does talk to her brother and her sister here. But we never looked at it as if “okay the guy’s involved with Madhuri”. We’re very open, we’ve always given Sanjay his space.”

Sanjay Dutt with first wife Richa

Though Richa and Sanjay had never legally got divorced, they had parted ways after this episode. Soon, her brain tumour had relapsed and she had passed away in 1996. It wasn’t like Sanjay had cheated on his wife, it was the media coverage, their long-distance relationship, Richa’s ailment and the situation around them that had created the rift.

Madhuri Dixit had parted ways with Sanjay Dutt after he was arrested in 1993

Sanjay and Madhuri

Sanjay was arrested for the illegal possession of arms in 1993, under TADA and was sent to jail. There were rumours that soon after Sanjay was arrested, Madhuri had decided to end their alleged relationship and had disassociated herself from the actor. She had distanced herself from Sanjay and did not even go to jail to meet him, not even once. He was released for a short span on bail in October 1993, and it was then when he had talked at length about his relationship with Madhuri.

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Sanjay Dutt had denied being in a relationship with Madhuri

Sanjay and Madhuri

When he was asked about how he felt when Madhuri had decided to disassociate herself completely with him, this is what heartbroken Sanjay had said:

“I didn’t get affected by her statement. I have been her colleague and I have done a lot of films with her. See, I need to establish a proper rapport with all my co-stars, it may be Madhuri or Sridevi. For instance, during the first few days of Gumraah, I wasn’t comfortable because you know how Sridevi is. She is aloof and I had to get talking to her. So what Madhuri said didn’t bother me that much, in fact, it didn’t bother me at all.”

Sanjay and Madhuri

Though Madhuri had decided to stay mum about their affair, Sanjay had decided to answer all the questions and put a full stop to it. He had denied any affair with Madhuri and had said that they were just co-stars and good friends. He had also revealed that he went up to apologise to Madhuri for the rumours about their affair. Sanjay had said:

"This story broke out around the time of Saajan. In fact, when the story broke out in the press, she was shooting for Khel in Kenya. So, when we had a schedule of Saajan after that, I went up and said sorry to her. Because she was under public scrutiny for no fault of her. She took it well.”

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Sanjay and Madhuri

When he was further probed to reveal if he had ever dated Madhuri. He had also addressed their marriage rumours and had said::

"I wish I had a scene going on with Madhuri. But I don’t. Look I get friendly to every co-star of mine. If you see me with Raveena Tandon, you will feel I am having an affair with her too.There has to be something on between us for me to marry her."

Sanjay and Madhuri

Though all these years, Madhuri has kept quiet about her relationship with Sanjay, but sometime back, when the biopic on Sanjay Dutt was announced, there were rumours that Madhuri isn’t happy about it and doesn’t want her part to be included in the story. Refuting all these rumours, Madhuri had said:

“For where I am today, this [the topic of Dutt] has become redundant. Life has come a long way since then. I don’t know where these reports are coming from. In any case, it doesn’t make a difference to me.”

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Sanjay and Madhuri with their partners

Though they had never accepted their relationship, their love story was one big topic of discussion and their jodi was loved by all. But, time and destiny had other plans and the two had parted ways and had moved on in their respective lives. Madhuri is now happily married to Dr Shriram Nene. On the other hand, Sanjay had married a model, Rhea Pillai in 1998, but they had parted ways in 2005. Now, Sanjay is married to Manayata Dutt.

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