:About the Book:
‘Never explain yourself. For the ones who understand do not need it and the ones who don’t understand do not care about it!’
However, having said that I do understand that given his choice of profession, this PR is an important aspect which can make or mar careers.
There are many more questions which come to my mind regarding the contradictory reports that have created a confusing picture of a few incidents from his life. Given the fact that these are not written by Sanjay Dutt himself, but are pieced together to form a narrative there is no scope for any further discussions on this. So I would keep aside my personal opinions and analyse the book subjectively.
Unfortunately, instead of learning from his mistakes, Sanjay ended up doing worse than him both as a father and husband when it came to his first wife Richa Sharma and daughter Trishala. It reflects clearly that he wasn’t ready for these responsibilities and he did not understand the grave consequences of his decisions. He was busy living life on the edge for the longest till life reached an end point, a point from where he had no choice but the turn back and start afresh.
Surprisingly the more I read about him, the more I see him merely as a flawed individual with a not-so easy past who is struggling hard to break away from those tags and image. The star that he is seems to vanish behind the words I read about his life. Just like many of us, he made mistakes and paid a heavy price for it. It feels good to see him make the most of the second chance life has offered him, for everyone deserves a second chance.
What I admire the most about him, and this was way before reading about his life in books, is his ability to fight back. His firm determination to never give up and his strength to keep standing up again after every fall is what makes his story, truly inspiring. Reading his story reminded me of these famous words:
“Khudi ko kar buland itna ke har taqder se pehle, Khuda bande se khud pooche bata teri raza kya hai.” – Allama Iqbal
:About the Author:
Replete with excepts from various interviews of the stars, his family members, friends and co-stars in addition to photographs this book makes for an extremely engaging read. Interestingly, the book derives on no conclusion. It leaves onto a reader to conclude whether Sanjay Dutt has been a victim or a villain. This take is unique on his story because we have noted in the previous book, followed by the movie where the conclusion though not written in black and white was clearly written on the pages for a reader to conclude.This book has a certain honesty in it, where the author, noted journalist Ram Kamal Mukherjee tries to place the facts before you, putting piece after piece so that you can see the larger picture and derive at your own conclusions. Bringing together his experience of two decades of being a film journalist, the author tries to paint a picture of grit, determination and honesty by sharing the story of one of the most troubled stars in the recent times. A claim, he has mentioned more than often all throughout the book.
The flow of the book is pacy, gripping, exciting and reads nothing less than a taut thriller. Well, Sanjay Dutt’s life by his own admission has been nothing less than a roller coaster ride and this book does complete justice to his exciting and unbelievable story. However, at many places I felt, the book could have done with a more tighter editing given that there are a lot of repetitions in it. Not few lines or words but entire passages have been repeated!
Despite it all, I would still recommend this book- for its well-rounded approach to Sanjay Dutt’s story without trying to glorify anything. Movie buffs, Bollywood fans and Sanjay Dutt followers – do read this one to know a bit more about Sanju Baba!