Mumbai: After weeks of speculations in Indian media, Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt took to social media and confirmed that he was diagnosed with cancer.
In his Instagram video, the 61-year-old actor while confirming cancer expressed his determination of beating the disease soon. Dutt has been filmed in more than 150 films. He said that he would also begin shooting in November for his next film.
Dutt was also tested for Covid-19 after developing difficulties in breathing this August. However, the test came negative but he was again tested at Mumbai’s hospital for other medical illnesses. After the unconfirmed media reports that Dutt was diagnosed with lung cancer, he disclosed that he was going on a short break for medical treatment.
Dutt and his wife Maanayata issued separate statements wherein both urged the fans to not unnecessarily speculate about his health condition. They also urged the fans to not to worry about it.
Dutt, in a video that recorded at his hairstylist Aalim Hakim’s salon, pointed a camera at a scar running from his left eyebrow to the side of his head.
He said that he would be out of cancer soon by beat this scar, adding that he was excited and happy to be on set again for his upcoming film.
Dutt has been one of the controversial actors in the Bollywood industry. His career came to a sudden halt when he was again imprisoned in 2013 to finish five-year jail sentence in a case wherein he was convicted of offences linked to the 1993 Mumbai blasts which killed 257 people and injured 713.
However, he successfully restarted his career in 2016 after serving the jail term and signed several new films with some of them doing extremely well at the box office.
Sanjay Dutt has been liberal in talking about his problems with drug addiction and convictions during interviews, saying that these issues had only made him stronger.
Dutt had also witnessed to deaths of cancer in his family. His mother Nargis died of pancreatic cancer in 1981 while his first wife Richa Sharma also died of brain cancer.
Dutt debuted in 1981, the same year his mother died, as a gawky 22-year-old in Rocky, a typical Bollywood revenge film of its times. The film directed by his father, who later entered into politics and became a minister with India’s Congress party.
The film marked the arrival of Dutt as another star son in an industry where the launching of children as lead actors by their producer-director parents is routine.
Dutt chequered his career with mix roles as macho, don and sometimes with a soft heart and one of his most popular and hit films was Khalnayak (The Villain) which coincides with his arrest in the Mumbai blast case. The combination of gangster and comic roles enabled Dutt to draw mix fan following.
Another one of the most popular films was Munnabhai in which he played the role of a soft-hearted gangster.
Dutt also entered politics and campaigned for the Samajwadi Party during the 2009 general elections. He also desired to be the candidate but the Indian Supreme Court disqualified him from elections.