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For a son, his father is the only man, whom he worships throughout his life. A father plays the role of an idol as his son always quotes him in his deeds. From helping him learn the bicycle to carrying him on his back, the role of a father in his son’s life cannot be described in mere words. While Bollywood flaunts many father-son jodis, the one that has always stood apart and had won many hearts is the relationship of Sanjay Dutt with his late father, Sunil Dutt. (Also Read: Tony Kakkar And Sonu Kakkar Pen Heartfelt Proud Wishes For Sister, Neha Kakkar On Her 32nd Birthday)
There was a phase in Sanjay Dutt’s life when the entire world had turned their back against him and it was his father, Sunil Dutt, who always stood like a pillar of strength for him. Many people are not aware that there was a time when Sanjay didn’t share a warm rapport with his dad and it was at that time when the actor had fallen addicted to drugs. And it was only Sunil ji, who had taken his son, Sanju out of that addiction, and had helped him with the other demons of his life.
On June 6, 2020, Sanjay Dutt took a trip down the memory lane on his father’s 91st birth anniversary and shared a picture of his late father from his archives. He took to his Instagram handle and shared a throwback picture of himself with Sunil ji. Along with the picture, Sanjay penned down an emotional birthday note for him which can be read as “You have always been my source of strength and happiness. Happy Birthday Dad!” followed by a heart emoticon. Sanjay’s daughter, Trishala Dutt commented on his post and wrote, “Happy Birthday Dadaji”. Sanjay’s wife, Maanyata Dutt also reacted with a couple of heart emoticons.
In a 2018 interview with the IANS, he had shared, "Whatever I am today is because of my father. He is my inspiration and I miss him every day. I did not always share an easy relationship with him. But he always stood by me. I wish he was here to see me as a free man and the beautiful family that I have today. He would have been proud." (Also Read: Sunny Leone Takes Daughter, Nisha Kaur Weber For Her First Horse Riding Lesson, Shares Lovely Photos)
May 25, 2020, had marked the 15th death anniversary of Sunil Dutt and his son, Sanjay Dutt had posted a video of some childhood and throwback memories with his late father. He had captioned the video as “With you by my side, I knew that I don't need to worry about anything. Thank you for always having my back. Miss you today and everyday Dad.” Sanjay’s daughter, Trishala Dutt had commented on the post, “15 years missing Dadaji everyday...wish he was here.” Sanjay’s wife, Maanayata Dutt had also reacted on the video with a couple of heart emojis.
In an interview with the Bombay Times a few months back, Sanjay Dutt’s wife, Maanayata Dutt had spoken about Sanjay Dutt’s bond with his late father, Sunil Dutt. Maanayata had said, “I remember that my sister-in-law, Priya, once told me that their father (Sunil Dutt) would often say, ‘Sanju ne itna drugs kiya hai ki uska dimaag grow hona bandh ho gaya hai’. Sanju always says that his dad loved Priya more, but I feel that his father had that unspoken love for him. Priya would tell me how dad would defend him and say these lines. So, I still feel that he is young, and I am dealing with three kids at home. Shahraan, Iqra (their twins) and Sanju gang up together. At home, the kids are supposed to have pizza and burgers only over the weekend, but he breaks that rule and allows it on weekdays, too. You see what I mean!” (Also Read: Neha Kakkar's Parents Wanted To Abort Her But Couldn't, Tony Kakkar Tells Reason On Story Of Kakkars)
Happiest birthday Sunil Dutt ji!