By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: With his new release Police-giri around the corner, Sanjay Dutt’s friends and family miss his presence in their midst more than ever.
This is a very trying time for Dutt’s family specially his wife Maanyata. Apparently, she has been unable to watch Police-giri. Although several attempts have been made to arrange screenings for her, Maanyata has been too emotionally overwrought to watch the entire film.
“It is too overwhelming for her to see her husband on screen at a time when he is not with her,” says a source.
Says Police-giri producer T.P. Aggarwal, “This is very tough on all of us, especially Maanyataji and Sanjay’s immediate family who would have liked nothing better than to have him stand up for the film. In his absence, we’re doing our best. Not to have Sanjay with us is a blow that we feel more strongly now when the film is on release.”
A charity premiere of Police-giri is being organized, apparently at Sanjay Dutt’s behest.
Says Aggarwal, “Instead of hosting a lavish premiere of Police-giri in Dubai as we had planned we will give the proceeds from the first show all over Maharashtra for flood relief in Uttarakhand. This is our gesture for the suffering and loss in Uttarkhand. It is the least we can do.”
T.P.Aggarwal says he wants the film to be a success for Sanjay’s sake more than his own.
“Sanjay’s will power is Herculean. At a time when he was preparing to return to jail, he shot two songs and many action scenes with us. Which other actor would think of work at a time like that? If I was in his place, I’d have kicked the work aside. How can any human being focus on work when he has a jail sentence staring at him? But Sanjay Dutt did. We salute him. We want Police-giri to be a success for his sake.”