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Rarely people know that Sunil Dutt had begun his career as a radio jockey before he made his debut in the film industry. Mr Dutt had shot to fame with the 1957 film, Mother India in which he had co-starred with Nargis, his then-future wife. He was one of the most versatile actors of the Tinseltown and a very generous and great man in real-life. Sunil Dutt is an inspiration for many and his journey with wife, Nargis is an eternal story that proves true love exists. (Also Read: Maanayata Dutt's Eid Celebration With Iqra And Shahraan Speak Volumes Of Prosperity And Happiness)
It was on May 25, 2005, when Sunil Dutt had passed away due to cardiac arrest and even today, the loss of the veteran actor is felt by his fans. The void created by him in the lives of his fans and his family is still there and we cherish the memories he had left us with to remember him when he’s gone.
May 25, 2020, marks to be the 15th death anniversary of Sunil Dutt and his son, Sanjay Dutt took a trip down the memory lane and posted a compilation of the same on his Instagram handle. Sanjay posted a video of some childhood and throwback memories with his late father and captioned it 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 commented on the post, “15 years missing Dadaji everyday...wish he was here.” Sanjay’s wife, Maanayata Dutt reacted on the video with a couple of heart emojis.
In January, Trishala Dutt had posted a ‘priceless’ picture with her ‘dadaji’, Sunil Dutt. Sharing the picture, Trishala had written, “#priceless Dadaji” followed by a heart emoji. To which, Maanayata Dutt had commented with an array of heart emojis. (Also Read: Sanjay Dutt's Sister, Priya Dutt Recalled An Incident When Nargis Dutt Thought Sanjay Was Gay)
On May 6, 2019, Sanjay Dutt had taken a trip down the memory lane and had posted a monochrome picture to mark his father, Sunil Dutt’s 90th birth anniversary. Sanjay had captioned it, "Happy Birthday Dad. I miss you!" In a 2018 interview with the IANS, Sanjay had credited his father for everything that he is today and was quoted as saying, "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."
In an interview with the Bombay Times a few months back, 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!”
Agreeing with his wife, Maanayata Dutt, Sanjay Dutt had continued, “Yes, absolutely. It is much later in life that he started expressing himself more. The hug that he gave me at the end in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003), was so real that both of us were crying. Towards the last phase of his life, my dad started expressing his love for me, and he was proud of the way I handled myself. For any father, it is a good feeling to see things turn around — from people saying that ‘Sanju Sunil Dutt ji ka beta hain’, to they saying ‘Sunil Dutt ji Sanjay Dutt ke pitaji hain'." (Also Read: Sanjay Dutt Remembers Mother, Nargis Dutt On Her 39th Death Anniversary, Pens An Emotional Note)
Sunil Dutt is remembered even today with a smile on our faces and we are proud to have such great memories of the late actor to be cherished forever!