Sanjay Balraj Dutt (born 29 July 1959) is an Indian film actor and producer known for his work in Hindi cinema (Bollywood). Dutt, son of veteran Hindi film actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis Dutt, made his acting debut in 1981. Since then he has acted in more than hundred Hindi films. Although Dutt has enjoyed great success as a lead actor in genres ranging from romance to comedy it has been the roles of gangsters, thugs and police officers in films that belong to the drama and action genres that have won Dutt much appreciation, with the Indian media and audiences alike popularly referring to him as the “Deadly Dutt,” for his larger-than-life portrayals of such characters. In a film career spanning more than 35 years, Dutt has garnered two Filmfare Awards, two IIFA Awards, two Bollywood Movie Awards, three Screen Awards, three Stardust Awards, a Global Indian Film Award and, a Bengal Film Journalist’s Association Award as well as played the lead in four national award winning films.
Dutt was arrested under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act in April 1993, due to illegal arms possession. The terrorism charges were dropped, but he was convicted of illegal possession of arms. After serving his sentence with good behaviour and conduct, Dutt was released on 25 February 2016.
Dutt was born to Hindi cinema actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis. His mother died in 1981, shortly before his debut film’s premiere; her death has been cited as the cause of his drug addictions.As a child actor, Dutt appeared in the 1972 film Reshma Aur Shera, which starred his father; he appears briefly as a qawali singer.
Sanjay Dutt married actress Richa Sharma in 1987. Sharma died of brain tumour in 1996. The couple have a daughter, Trishala, born in 1988, who lives in the United States with her grandparents, following a custody battle with Dutt after the death of his wife. Dutt’s second marriage was to model Rhea Pillai in 1998. They divorced in 2005. Dutt married Manyata (born Dilnawaz Sheikh) in 2008 in a private ceremony in Goa, after two years of dating. On 21 October 2010, he became a father to twins, a boy named Shahraan and a girl named Iqra.