From ghost stories to motivational speeches… Wah, Sanju Baba!


Sanjay Dutt had the ladies hanging on to his words – not by spouting poetry but ghost stories! The actor evidently had a blast on the sets of his upcoming film, the third in the Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster series, sending shivers down the spines of the leading ladies. Word goes that before he faced the camera for this Tigmanshu Dhulia-directorial, Dutt sat his heroines down to regale them with stories of ghosts and haunting. And not of random haunted houses, but the very palaces they were shooting in! Nafisa Ali, Chitrangda Singh, Mahie Gill and Kabir Bedi’s wife Parveen Dosanjh were privy to his claims that he had filmed in these ‘ruins’ - as he called the ancient Bikaner palaces of Laxmi Niwas, Hari Mahal and Swarna Mahal – before, and that the experience had spooked him royally! Of course, this is Sanju Baba we are talking about here, and he garnished the tales with copious amounts of exaggerated drama. That lethal charm is still in working order, you know!
What tickles our fancy is that the star also whizzed off with wife Maanyata in tow, to deliver a motivational speech at a corporate gathering of over 500 people, no less! All in a day’s work for Sanju Baba, who is becoming more of a legend with the passing years. Truly if, for some reason, the film offers dry up, a career as a motivational speaker would be the next best option!

Here’s looking at some of the Dutt’s revelations, which could well make the topic of a series of speeches…

1. “I know I was very unstable and unhappy all through my life. I lost my mother and then my father. Losing Dad was like losing the bearings of my life. My sisters took it badly, but I took it worse. Throughout my lean phases, Dad was like a solid rock, supporting me, whether it was work, or my jail term.”

  1. “As an actor, I've grown considerably. It's taken me years to get comfortable doing a romantic scene and dancing on stage in front of a live audience. I've really opened up a lot.”
  2. “Every person in India should know the law, be it entertainment tax or Income Tax. I made a mistake by not knowing the law.
  3. “When I was in prison, it was very difficult time for dad, Priya and me. She came to meet me on Rakhi and I gave her the coupons that I collected in jail.”