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Sanjay Dutt Shares Heartbreaking Details About His Struggle In Prison And More In This Interview

If there's one actor in Bollywood whose real life has been no less than any of his potboiler films, it's got to be Sanjay Dutt. His whole life has been an open book, and we all know what all he has been through. The legal troubles, his drug addiction, terminally ill wife, the failed marriage, his jail time, and what not. But yet, he doesn't shy away from talking about it openly.

Sanjay Dutt was in Delhi recently to speak at EEMA's (Event and Entertainment Management Association) annual convention, and he spoke in detail about the time he spent in prison, his drug problem in the past, and much more. And it all seems like it was coming straight from the heart!

On his struggle to survive in jail.

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. In the Pune jail, there are flies all over, billions of flies, in your hair, in your clothes and even in your food. Main makkhi nikaal kar daal pi jaata tha, mera co-accused daal nahin peeta tha. Maine usko bola, 'Yaar, tu kab tak bhookha rahega?' Usne poocha, 'Tu makkhi wali daal kaise pi jata hai?' Toh maine bola, 'Yahan protein nahin milta hai, daal mein protein hota hai'." Later, Dutt added, "Aaj biwi ne ghar mein kaali daal phir se banayi toh main complain nahi kar sakta!"

He also spoke about sharing his journey with people.

I learnt this - apna kaam karo, hope mat karo. I want to go across the country and speak to people about my life and share my journey. For me, life has not been beautiful. It has been like going up to Mount Everest and then falling down. But every time I climbed the peak, I reached the top (again), beech mein nahin gira. Maine jail mein Ramayan, Bhagwad Gita, Shiv Puran, Ganesh Puran, Bible, Quran Sharif aur Guru Granth Sahib padhi. I can sit and talk to any maulana or any priest and make sense. I had a small temple, samne bathroom tha tab bhi mandir tha. God is in your heart."

He also spoke about sharing his journey with people.

"When I was in jail, it was very difficult for me to not see my children for three years. There were moments when I really wanted to see them. My wife used to say, 'Main unko leke aati hoon'. But I told her, 'Never, unko yahan kabhi mat lana, I don't want them here'. I didn't want them to see me in torn clothes and the topi. I didn't want them to live with that image. Aaj kal ke bachche bahut smart ho gaye hain, bolte thay 'Papa ko photo wala phone lagao'.