28 September, 2020

Wisdom Is An Empty Holster

Jail term done, Sanjay Dutt can lead a life unshackled from past mistakes

Brief Reprieve
Sunil Dutt with Sanjay after the latter got bail in 1995
Photograph by Indian Express Archive
Wisdom Is An Empty Holster

Taqdeer banaanewale, tune kami na ki,
ab kisko kya mila yeh muqaddar ki baat hai

(lines from the 1991 Sanjay Dutt hit Saajan)

Sanjay Dutt takes the microphone, belts out a cheery greeting and announces the start of the radio programme. He talks to listeners who share their problems, advises them and also spins some music. No, this isn’t the opening shots of a sequel to Raju Hirani’s Lage Raho Munna­bhai, though it may well be, but this is what keeps him busy at Yerawada Jail. Sanjay, 56, will be out of jail, once and for all, next week after completing his sentence for possession and destruction of an AK-56 automatic rifle. He was an accused in the epic 1993 serial blasts trial for 14 years and was acquitted of terror charges in 2007, but was convicted for other offences under the Arms Act. After appeals, the Supreme Court confirmed his conviction—Sanjay had to serve the remainder of his sentence, having done time for 18 months after his arrest. His...



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