Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is again in news and again for the wrong reason. A video clip in which Sanju Bhai apparently not in normal senses, was seen commenting about some of his Bollywood co-stars and guess what, the video somehow
In today’s digital age, MMS scandals are perhaps a common phenomenon; the malaise has even inspired Bollywood films. Admittedly, Bollywood has had its share of MMS controversies.
Given the excessive scrutiny our celebs are subjected to, time and again, the industry has been rocked
by reports about star secrets, their catfights and wardrobe malfunctions. MMS scandals then are just another manifestation of this obsession with star lives.
A recent example is that of a video featuring actor Sanjay Dutt. Says a source, “When he was out on parole, Sanju baba hosted a dinner at his residence. Sometime during the dinner, Dutt, who was apparently in high spirits, started playing the guitar and singing a few rap songs. He is then said to have started talking about his colleagues from the film industry. It seems that all this was recorded in a video that has recently been leaked.”
If sources are to be believed, actors Ranbir Kapoor and Varun Dhawan are among those who were present at Dutt’s house that night. Varun remained unavailable for comment, but a source close to the actor says that Varun is not even remotely involved with the incident. “In fact, Sanjay Dutt is like family to him,” says this source.
The release of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s much-awaited film ‘Peekay’ has been preponed and it will now hit cinema houses on December 19, almost a week prior to its previous scheduled date.
Aamir Khan and Sanjay Dutt in ‘Peekay’
‘Peekay’ marks the second collaboration of Aamir with filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani following the success of ‘3 Idiots’. “Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films, in association with Disney India, confirm that ‘Peekay’ shall release on December 19, 2014,” a statement read.
Aamir, 48, had taken to social networking site Facebook and had announced that the film will hit theatres on Christmas this year. The film stars Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani and Sanjay Dutt in prominent roles.
PK also features actor Sanjay Dutt, Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput.
Sources say that Ranbir Kapoor has been approached by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani to play the role of Sanjay Dutt in a biopic. Hirani is apparently working on the project along with writer Abhijat Joshi. It has been learnt that the Kapoor scion has already had a couple of meetings with Chopra and Hirani to discuss the same. However, a source close to the actor says, “Nothing has been finalised as yet.”
Sanjay Dutt, Ranbir Kapoor, Kishore Kumar
Hirani, who visited Dutt every other week along with his writer during the actor’s parole, is said to have enough details to put together a biopic.
A source says, “Hirani interviewed Sanju’s family members and some of his friends to get more inputs on the actor.” Jointly produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Sanjay Dutt’s production house, this film will be the latter’s second project after ‘Hasmukh Pighal Gaya’. The film is likely to go on the floors in March next year.
Reports also suggest that Ranbir Kapoor was considering playing the role of Kishore Kumar in a biopic that was supposed to be directed by Anurag Basu. One will have to wait and watch to know which biopic he will finally sign on. Maanayata Dutt and Vidhu Vinod Chopra were unavailable for comment.
In what may seem like partial relief to jailed star Sanjay Dutt, the Bombay High Court (HC) has revoked the attachment of a Bandra flat of the actor.
The flat had previously been attached, on the ruling of the Indian Motion Pictures Association (IMPPA), in connection with Dutt’s legal dispute with filmmaker Shakeel Noorani.
In 2008, filmmaker Noorani had alleged Dutt caused loss to his incomplete film, Jaan Ki Baazi, for which he had paid the actor Rs 50 lakh. The IMPPA ruled on 28 January, 2010 that Dutt should allot a period of 30 days to complete the film, or else refund the amount paid to him.
In addition, the body moved that Dutt should pay Noorani a compensation of Rs 1.53 crore. The ruling also added that if he did not pay up, this particular Bandra property would be attached.
When Sanjay Dutt failed to comply with the order, Shakeel Noorani moved the High Court, and in December 2010, Dutt‘s properties were attached due to non-payment of dues.
However, on 7 April, 2014, the HC heard Sanjay Dutt‘s plea against attaching his properties. Justice B P Colabawalla ruled that the “decision of IMPPA was not an “award” under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act and thus it can not be enforced.”
The court went so far as to term Noorani‘s execution application as “an abuse of the process of the court”, revoked the attachment of flats, and ordered the producer to pay cost of Rs 1.50 lakh to Dutt.
The HC ruled that the IMPPA was only a private body, and that the “entire proceedings for the enforcement” of its award were meaningless.
This will surely be music to Sanjay Dutt‘s ears, who is currently serving jail term on his 42 month sentence, for his alleged involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
The Bombay HC has revoked the attachment of his flat in suburban Bandra. The flat had been attached following the decision of Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) in his dispute with film-maker Shakeel Noorani.
Noorani had moved IMPPA in 2008 alleging his film ‘Jaan Ki Baazi’, for which he had paid Dutt Rs 50 lakh in 2001, could not be completed because the actor did not give dates. On January 28, 2010, IMPPA asked Dutt to either commit 30 days for the shooting or refund Rs 50 lakh and pay an additional Rs 1.53 crore by way of compensation to Noorani.
But Dutt failed to follow the order, so Noorani moved the HC, seeking execution of the IMPPA order which provided for attachment of the actor’s flat if he did not pay. In December 2010, Dutt’s flats were attached. Hearing Dutt’s plea against the attachment, Justice B P Colabawalla had on April 7 this year ruled that the decision of IMPPA was not an “award” under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act and thus it can not be enforced.
The court termed Noornai’s execution application as “an abuse of the process of the court”, revoked the attachment, and ordered the producer to pay cost of Rs 1.50 lakh to Dutt. Since IMPPA was only a private body, the “entire proceedings for the enforcement” of its award were meaningless, the High Court said.
Dutt is currently serving a 42-month sentence in Pune’s Yerwada prison for illegal possession of firearms in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case.