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The multi-crore box office earner film, Sanju must have given you a clear picture of Sanjay Dutt’s life. The movie surely proved to one and all that being a star is not a cakewalk, more so, if you have multiple allegations against you. And all that a person looks for amidst all turmoil and the darkness, is a hand that will pull you up and help you surpass the thorns of life. And Sanjay Dutt surely had such a person in his life. (Recommended Read: Throwback Interview Of Sanjay Dutt About Ex-Girlfriend Tina Munim: I Am Very Possessive About Her)
Needless to say, you all know who we are talking about- Sanjay’s beautiful and super-supportive wife, Maanayata Dutt. Sanjay himself had revealed in an interview that Maanyata is not his ‘better half’ but ‘best half’. Time and again, in interviews, chat shows and through his social media posts, Sanjay has shared that Maanayata has been a huge pillar for him when he was serving his jail term and throughout the period of crisis.
Maanayata is an exemplar of how supportive one’s wife should be. The doting wifey and mommy always seems to be shadowing her family and protecting them. However, what we have for you are a few interesting excerpts from a throwback 2009 interview with IANS, when Sanjay Dutt was in jail. In the interview, Maanayata was asked about how she feels when people accused her of ‘taking over’ Sanjay’s life. To which, she had said, “I know, but what I want to say is that I've the right to live with my husband the way I want to. It doesn't matter whether it's a prostitute or a princess, a wife has certain rights in her husband's home. I'm not a man living in a woman's house." (Also Read: Sanjay Dutta And Maanyata Dutt's Love Story Is Magical, Redefines The True Meaning Of Marriage)
Maanayata changed her surname to Dutt, post-marriage. Speaking about her hubby, Sanjay Dutt’s take on the same, she had shared, “That's his personal opinion. Sanju would've been offended and insulted if I had continued using my father's name. If other wives want to use their maiden names, it's their choice. He feels it is a fashion to do so these days. He has the right to an opinion." She further added, “Having married a man who takes care of all my needs, I'd like to accept his name with full honour and take charge of his home and accept his family as my family. If you can't accept your husband's name and family then why marry?”
Did you know? Both Maanayata and Sanjay had a tough time, trying hard to make his sisters- Namrata and Priya accept Maanayata. Speaking of the same, she had shared, “Sanju knows I've tried to do as much in my capacity to find acceptance with his sisters. Beyond that he wouldn't like me to push myself to try any further. Neither would I.” But now, Maanayata shares a superb bond with both of Sanjay’s sisters. (Do Read: Wifey Maanayata Dutt Sings, 'Kya Yahi Pyar Hai' For Hubby Sanjay Dutt On Her Own Birthday)
In the same interview, she clearly explained as to why Sanjay’s ‘fair-weather’ friends hate her. She stated, “Sanjay never understood the nitty-gritty of finances. And if he hasn't accumulated a huge bank balance, it isn't because he hasn't earned money. He did, but he lost all of it. There were too many people around him trying to use him. I came like a barricade in Sanju's life to stand between him and those who want to use him. Naturally, these fair-weather friends resent me. I spoilt their party, you see”.
Maanayata also shared that she would not like to expose the names of the people who were mishandling Sanjay’s finances. She had stated, “I wouldn't like to name them, but some people for whom Sanju was taking on unnecessary expenses have been stopped. Sanju was implementing financial responsibilities that were not his. That has also made some people hate me. But his finances were being handled by the wrong people. There were so many irregularities in his accounts. If I open my mouth about it, no one will be spared.” (Checkout! Sanjay Dutt And The Women In His Life, From Tina Munim, Madhuri Dixit To Maanayata Dutt)
Maanayata revealed that she looks after the finances of Sanjay. Speaking of the same, she had said, “We decided he'd produce his own films to make sure the downslide doesn't take him by surprise. Let's face it. Sanju is a superstar, but he isn't Amitabh Bachchan. Even Amitji went through a downslide. Every actor goes through it and then he reappears in smaller roles. I don't want that to happen to Sanju. As it is, he hasn't secured his bank balance. We jointly decided to start our production house, so we could generate the kind of work that Sanju deserves. I look after the finances of the production house, Sanju looks after the creative aspects”.
Well, all’s well that goes (we won't say ends) well! Maanayata, you truly are a super wife! We wish you and Sanjay, a lifetime of happiness and togetherness.