Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, whose life has been so colourful and tragic that it became the subject of a biopic, was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
The Hindi-language actor, nicknamed “Deadly Dutt”, served time in prison for possessing guns supplied by gangsters responsible for bombings in Mumbai in 1993 and has also battled drug addiction.
Sanjay Dutt was recently admitted to the hospital when he complained of breathlessness and had also tested negative for COVID-19. And later, he was diagnosed with Lung Cancer stage 4.
On August 11, Sanjay Dutt tweeted “I am taking a short break from work for some medical treatment. My family and friends are with me and I urge my well wishers not to worry or unnecessarily speculate. With your love and good wishes, I will be back soon!” (sic) Ever since then, his fans and well-wishers have been praying for the actor’s health.
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) August 11, 2020
Speaking about how Sanjay Dutt came to know something was wrong with his health, a source said, “Sanjay was accompanied by his sister Priya Dutt and a friend.
Upon reaching the hospital, it was detected that air entry was not happening from his right lung.
A CT scan further revealed that there was fluid accumulation in his right lung (pleural effusion) accompanied by two lesions, one on each lung.”
And now, taking to his Instagram account, the actor’s best friend Paresh Ghelani, whose portrayal we saw in Sanju in the form of Vicky Kaushal’s Kamlesh Kapasi aka Kamli, has penned an emotional and heartfelt note for the actor.
#SanjayDutt's friend #PareshGhelani dedicates an Instagram post to him, telling him that he will 'conquer this' as the news of Dutt suffering from lung cancer goes viral. @duttsanjayhttps://t.co/BPlwxUZmyp
— India.com (@indiacom) August 17, 2020
The note ends with the line- Sher Hai Tu Sher, which also made its way to his biopic.
Dutt’s personal life
Dutt shot to fame in the mid-1980s in a string of action movies in which he performed his own stunts, earning him his nickname.
But the star was also struggling with substance abuse, including heroin and cocaine, that was said to have been sparked by the pain of losing his mother, Indian screen icon Nargis Dutt, to cancer.But his life took a dramatic turn when he was arrested following the orchestrated bombings in Mumbai, then called Bombay, in March 1993 that killed 257 people.
Dutt was eventually convicted in 2006 of holding guns supplied by mafia bosses who carried out the blasts.
The attacks were believed to have been staged by Muslim underworld figures in retaliation for religious riots in which mainly Muslims died, following the razing of an ancient mosque in north India.
He was originally given a six-year term and spent 18 months in prison before being released on bail in 2007, pending an appeal.
In 2013, his conviction was upheld but his prison term was cut to five years, and he
was sent back to jail before being released early in 2016.
Online Int’l News with additional input by GVS News Desk