Sanjay Dutt Special: How Vaastav Co-Star Namrata Shirodkar Confided in Him

Sanjay Dutt Special: How Vaastav Co-Star Namrata Shirodkar Confided in Him

Sanju Knew About Mahesh Babu,” Namrata Shirodkar talks fondly about Sanjay Dutt on his 60th birthday
Sanjay Dutt Special: How Vaastav Co-Star Namrata Shirodkar Confided in Him
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Namrata Shirodkar, former Miss India and actress, now happily married to Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu, once had a blooming career  in Bollywood. And  the only co-star she  recalls with wistful  affection is Sanjay Dutt. They did  Dutt’s  best film Vaastav and then its sequel Hathyar together. Namrata  brightens  up when she speaks of Dutt. “Is he really 60 now? How time  flies! I always recall Sanju as a child-man, very  gentle and vulnerable. I was and  I am extremely fond of him. He  is  one of my favourite co-stars.”

In  her  seven-year  Bollywood career, Namrata didn’t socialize with  any of her co-stars.  “The  camaraderie and  warmth were restricted  to the sets. It started at  9 am and ended at 6 pm. But I did have a terrific rapport with Sanjay. I recall him as a warm, chivalrous and protective co-star. Whenever we were shooting in crowds, he would look after me and my female team. He’d ensure the crowds didn’t come too close. I don’t remember any other co-star or for that matter, anyone from the cast or crew, being so concerned about my safety.”

So safe and comfortable did Namrata feel with Sanjay Dutt that he was the first and only co-star who got to know about her relationship with Mahesh Babu, even then a superstar in Tollywood. Recalls Namrata, “I did confide in Sanju about Mahesh. He would pull my leg endlessly about it and  he would speak in riddles about Mahesh in front of the unit.”

Says Namrata fondly, “I think he is  highly misunderstood  by a lot of  people around him. Sanju is  the  kind of friend who will stand with you at 3 am.”

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