By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
Sanjay Dutt is a man who has seen many highs and lows in his life. He is also the warmest person in the industry and a very pleasant person. After watching his biopic, Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju, we got to know about his relationships with father Sunil Dutt, mother Nargis Dutt and wife Maanayata Dutt. And we must say, Sanjay Dutt, is a complete family man. After completing his jail sentence, Sanju is now in a far better space in life. (Also Read: Sanjay Dutt And Maanyata Dutt's Love Story Is Magical, Redefines The True Meaning Of Marriage)
But the moments he missed during his term in jail, he is now ensuring to make up for it by spending time with his family and focusing on his work commitments. Sanjay Dutt is a doting father to his children, Trishala Dutt, his daughter from first wife Richa Sharma, and Shahraan Dutt and Iqra Dutt, twins from his third wife, Maanayata Dutt. Sanjay and Maanayata celebrated their twins, Shahraan and Iqra's birthday in Dubai.
On their twins' eighth birthday, Sanjay Dutt and Maanayata Dutt posted adorable messages on Instagram. While Sanjay shared their family moment before the twins blew the candles on their respective cakes and wrote, “May God bless you two with a lifetime of love and happiness! Happy Birthday my babies.”, Maanayata shared a photo from the 'birthday lunch', and captioned it, “Happy birthday my babies #birthdaylunch #zuma #8yearsold #proudmom #dubai #thankyougod”.
Even Shahraan and Iqra’s half-sister, Trishala commented on Maanayata’s post to wish the little ones. She wrote, “Happy Birthday my baby darlings!!! I love and miss you so sooo much all day everyday.” Check out the screenshot here:
Through Instagram stories, Maanayata gave a sneak peek of the birthday celebrations of Shahraan and Iqra, and it seems that they got theme-based cakes. While Shahraan's cake was inspired by a video game named Battle Royale, Iqra got a doll-themed cake. Here are pictures from Shahraan and Iqra's birthday celebrations:
A few more pictures went viral on social media wherein Iqra and Shahraan can be seen running into their father, Sanjay Dutt's loving arms who came to receive them at the airport. And just like Maanayata, it will leave a smile on your faces too!
In an earlier interview with Hindustan Times, Sanjay had said that he is waiting for his twins, Iqra and Shahraan to grow up so that he can narrate his story to them. When asked, “Are there any apprehensions as to how they will react?”, he replied, “Honestly, I don’t fear that my kids will start hating me after knowing my story. 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.” (Also Read: Sanjay Dutt's Daughter, Trishala Dutt On How It Feels To Live Without Parents And Equation With Dad)
On how he’s making up to the moments he has missed on, Sanjay revealed, “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. But now everything is good. I am out [of jail] and they are also slightly grown up. They are more understanding and aware of the situation, so they’ll understand things when I tell them.”
And in another interview, Maanayata had said, “They should know that their father was wrong and he has paid a heavy price for that. I want them to understand how it happened, why it happened. But they are still too young for all that and we don’t want to burden their childhood.”
Revealing his daddy role, Sanjay was quoted as saying, “When Maanayata was pregnant, I always thought I would be a damn strict dad. But with them, I just can’t be that! Although I do spoil them a bit, I make sure that when Maanayata is scolding them, I don’t become the peace broker. I don’t interfere. It is wrong to play good cop/bad cop. But yes, after two three hours, dad might get them a box of chocolates.”
Adding further, Sanjay had stated, “It is a great feeling to just see them grow up,” he says. “It is amusing when they talk like grown-ups and try to act all mature…especially when they order their own food at restaurants! And they are so tech-savvy already! Although, thankfully their interaction with the iPad is still restricted to games. We don’t waste time with them. They go to school, then they go for swimming, they have their karate classes. I want Iqra to learn the piano, and Shahraan to play the guitar.” (Also Read: Sanjay Dutt's Daughter, Trishala Dutt Turned 30 YO, Step-Mom Maanayata Dutt Wishes Her On Birthday)
The Munna Bhai actor shared, “I am absolutely involved. I don’t want them to feel neglected just because I work erratic shifts. I make it a point to go for the parent-teacher meets, attend their school functions; however, I have not been able to make it for their sports day so far. Last time, when I was shooting Maanayata sent me some videos. And they are both so good at sports. Iqra runs like a little bullet! They both came first in their respective events and then they got gold medals in karate as well!”
We wish lots of happiness and love for this lovely family of five, Sanjay Dutt, Maanayata Dutt, Trishala Dutt, Shahraan Dutt and Iqra Dutt.