For the past 23 years, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, the son of Sunil Dutt, and one of the most established figures in Indian cinema, has been in and out of jail for various cases.
However, Dutt was finally released and was jail-free for one last time on the 25th of February, as he was released 103 days before his term officially ended. 56 year old Sanjay Dutt has been involved in several cases over the Bombay bomb blasts of 1993. He was sentenced to serve a 42 month jail term at Pune’s Yerwada Jail.
Sanjay Dutt appeared at the India Today conclave, and made several statements on how he feels, and what jail does to one. “I was in solitary confinement. It will take a bit longer for me to feel free. The feeling of freedom is yet to sink in.
I have been in and out of jail for the last 23 years. There were so many restrictions, permissions to be taken. I am getting used to live life like a free man. The feeling is yet to hit me. They imprison you mentally more than physically. They tell you what to do and what not do in prison.”
Sanjay Dutt further clarified that the treatment he was getting in jail was not a ‘VIP treatment’ as many claimed. He actually went ahead to say that his treatment was not VIP, and not even like a normal prisoner as he was treated in worse ways.
“I did not get any VIP treatment. In fact I was treated worse than normal inmates as everyone thought I was getting special treatment. The worse thing about jail was the food, it was terrible and not edible at all.”
He said that he was a patriot, and his family was a patriot, and this whole experience over the past several years has been a ‘haunting’ experience for him and his family, and he’s glad its over.
Talking about what Jail taught him, Sanjay Dutt said – “I have learnt a lot in these years. It has taught me not to be brash. I have learnt to respect the law about our country and also have learnt about it. I think every citizen should know about the law of the country.”
Talking about his regrets, he said that he regrets the day the weapons were found in his home. He also talked about his struggle with drugs in his youth, saying it has been 40 years and he hasn’t looked back.