Revisiting the 10 iconic films of Sanjay Dutt on the occasion of his 62nd birthday
Bombay: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who turned 62 on Thursday, has played a variety of characters in the action, drama, thriller and romance genres over his four-decade career.
Born to two of the best actors in Indian cinema, Sunil Dutt and Nargis, on July 29, 1959, the star has had a rather bumpy road to success, her life largely marred by controversy. Still, over the years, Sanjay has managed to stay on top.
Looking at his career, it becomes evident that there is no genre that he has not drawn upon. Sanjay Dutt has given some of the most memorable characters in Indian cinema and wowed audiences time and time again with his iconic performances. Here’s a look at some of his evergreen movies that fans will cherish forever.
1. Rocky (1981)
Sanjay made his debut with ‘Rocky’ and it was the birth of a star. Making his debut alongside many seasoned actors, his performance stood out in the film. With his very first film, Sanjay made a name for himself in the industry and therefore the film was a huge hit for a newbie. Fans always revisit the movie purely for the fact that it’s timeless and even countless re-looks wouldn’t be enough.
2. Saajan (1991)
‘Saajan’ is another film by Sanjay Dutt, which never gets old. He gave an incredible performance in the film, however, his theme and subject matter made him the right choice among fans, who loved the film so much that a re-watch or two would never get bored. The film was released at a time when Sanjay was known for his role in some romantic drama films.
3. Sadak (1991)
‘Sadak’ at the time of its release was a box office wonder. The movie saw Sanjay play a character who wasn’t very explored at the time, and his role as a cab driver who would do anything to save his love drove fans crazy. The actor received endless praise for his role in the film, and the fan’s love for the film was such that a sequel followed almost 20 years later.
4. Khalnayak (1993)
When counting Sanjay’s greatest films, one simply cannot ignore “Khalnayak” from the list. Whether it was the action, the story or the songs, the film nailed him in every aspect and the role of Sanjay is always remembered by everyone. The title track of the film is another memorable song from the hit film, which drew a lot of audiences and was a financial box office success. The film’s current collection after adjusting for inflation stands at over 160 crore.
5. Vastav (1999)
In the film, Sanjay played the main and iconic character of Raghunath Namdev Shivalkar. Her dialogue “50 Tola Sona” is still one of the film’s most memorable lines. The movie also saw a lot of impersonators trying to copy Sanjay’s character in real life and some of them even made it their career. Sanjay’s performance in the movie was also outstanding and it’s easily one of the best movies the actor has starred in.
6. Haseena Maan Jayegi (1999)
Before the ‘Munna Bhai’ series came ‘Haseena Ma’am Jayegi’, which was another rare comedy film that Sanjay was a part of. The actor was at his comedic best and paired up with other super talented stars like Govinda and Karisma Kapoor. With its comedy-infused script, the film has become a timeless classic.
7. Kashmir Mission (2000)
“Mission Kashmir” is yet another feather in Sanjay’s hat. It is by far one of his best films and it won numerous awards upon its release. Whether it was the story, the acting, the theme or the portrayal of the characters, everything was flawless and the film has become one of the Bollywood classics, which will not be forgotten any time soon.
8. Munna Bhai MBBS (2003)
Any Sanjay Dutt film list is incomplete without the mention of “Munna Bhai MBBS”. The film was considered by many to be a turning point in Sanjay’s career, as it was the first full-fledged comedy the actor had made after a long time. The character he played was something fans had never seen him adopt before. It was also a special movie because Sanjay started working with his father who then turned to politics. Fans of the star to date can watch the film endlessly without getting bored.
9. Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
Popular among fans, a sequel to the hit film was made by huge audience demand and the result was another hit. Sanjay as Munna Bhai is one of Bollywood’s most beloved characters to date. The film, just like its predecessor, is fun to watch and can be replayed over and over again. Another sequel to the series is one of the most popular fan requests.
10. Agneepath (2012)
Another turning point in Sanjay Dutt’s career came when he took on the iconic role of Kanchacheena. The film is the remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s film of the same name. However, the role of the villain was changed in such a way that Sanjay’s portrayal of the character became the talk of the town. Sanjay has become one of Bollywood’s most famous villains with his superb performance in the film. The film remains evergreen and its performance is reason enough for people to revisit the film.
From his early days until now, Sanjay has been a part of some of Bollywood’s biggest movies, and his fans have supported every character and movie the actor has played. We wish the star many years of success.