Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, whose life was caught in a web of drugs and legal hassles, says he does not want his son to be like him.
Son of late veteran actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis, Sanjay fought a battle with drugs and went to rehab as well as served a jail term. He was arrested for illegal possession of arms in a case related to the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, in which over 250 people were killed and several hundred were wounded.
The Agneepath actor spoke uninhibitedly about his journey and struggles at a recent summit.
When asked how is he different from his legendary father when it comes to parenthood, Sanjay responded saying, “My father raised us as normal children. I was sent to a boarding school… I went through the grind. And I am the same way with my children.”
“I try to teach them the values of life, give them sanskaar, and teach them (that) respect for elders is very important even if they are your servants… And that you’ve got to value life. I only pray my son is not like me. Because what my dad went through, I don’t want to go through that,” added the father of three.
The actor also dwelled over his relationship with his mother. “All mothers are the same they can’t see anything wrong in their son Whatever happens. If someone complained that ‘Sanju has done this’, she couldn’t believe it. She used to get angry with them only,” he said, fondly recounting his younger days.
Dressed casually in a pair of denims teamed with a black t-shirt, Sanjay spoke candidly to a crowd of school-goers. “But using head is also important. Don’t think from your heart, also use your brains sometimes,” he said, offering more pearls of wisdom to the audience.
“Always listen to your parents and never keep any company that’s bad for you. Be safe. You go with the law of the land, and I promise, nothing will happen,” said Sanjay, who spoke about how his conviction in the Arms Act was based on a piece of paper in which he purportedly confessed possessing a weapon. “They said that I was in possession of a weapon, but they never found it.”