Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Sanju’ starring Ranbir Kapoor is up for release this Friday, June 29. Perhaps there have been few movies that have evoked so much interest in cinegoers as this biopic of Bollywood’s eternal bad boy Sanjay Dutt. However, a few months ago, a controversial bio-pic had released on the star whose life is nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Yasser Usman’s Sanjay Dutt: The Crazy Untold Story of Bollywood’s Bad Boy created ripples when it released a few months ago. While it has been widely appreciated by critics and its salacious details been lapped up by curious readers, it is also perhaps the only among the three star biographies Yasser has written – the first one was Rajesh Khanna: The Untold Story of India’s First Superstar and then came Rekha: The Untold story – that made its protagonist so angry.
Sanjay Dutt: The Crazy Untold Story of Bollywood’s Bad Boy
Author Yasser Usman
Apparently Sanjay Dutt wasn’t too happy with the details about his life exposed in the book and issued a legal notice. But Yasser’s book simply documents facts of his crazy life that are already out there, making it an un-putdownable read. Through meticulous research, interviews with close associates and information sourced from periodicals, Yasser pieces together a life that is as inexplicable as it is fascinating.
In a three-part series, we bring to you, some exciting excerpts from the book that has caused ripples. Today, we present an anecdote from his infamous ‘drug phase’.
THE LSD HITS AT THE WRONG MOMENT
“The planning and preparation for the shooting of Rocky was in full swing. Sunil Dutt was leaving no stone unturned in his quest to direct a power-packed debut film for his son. Sanjay, however, was on his own trip. Acid would give him an amazing high after which his mind would get slow and fuzzy and at times he would start to hallucinate.
Sanjay recalled a hilarious incident from those days that shows how little Sunil knew what his son was up to: ‘I had popped in some acid, LSD. It’s called purple haze. It kind of hits you after a while.’5 Sanjay was sitting alone in his room, waiting for the drug to kick in. Suddenly the house phone rang. It was the operator from Sunil’s office. He told Sanjay that his dad wanted to speak with him. ‘He said office aa jao. [Come to the office.]’ Sanjay wanted to refuse, knowing that the LSD was about to kick in. But Sunil was adamant – he needed to meet Sanjay urgently. Perhaps he wanted to talk about the shooting schedule for Rocky.
As Sanjay reached his father’s office, the LSD started to take effect. Remembering that evening, Sanjay said, ‘So Dad is talking to me and it [the LSD] suddenly hit me. He is talking to me and I could hear “waannrr . . . einn [gibberish]!” Now I am saying to myself, “Sanju, you’re tripping. Just take it easy. Just keep nodding.” So I kept nodding and I kept hearing him like “aannoonn . . . aann [gibberish]!”’6
On the other side of the table, an irritated Sunil just thought Sanjay seemed uninterested in the conversation. Then Sanjay started to hallucinate: ‘All of a sudden I see a wig come out of his head and that wig caught fire . . . And I am looking at him and thinking what the hell is happening, man!’ Sanjay wanted to save his father before the flames engulfed him. Another part of his mind kept reminding him that he was just tripping. But soon enough he lost all touch with reality. ‘Dad started melting like wax. He was like a candle.’ Sanjay ‘dived on him’ and tried to ‘put his face together’. He screeched ‘Dad! Dad! Don’t die on me. Don’t melt.’
But Sunil still didn’t get it. Worried witless, he just yelled in Punjabi, ‘Ki hoya . . . ki hoya yaar mere puttar nu? [What’s happened? What’s happened to my son?]’
Sanjay explains, ‘At that time nobody knew what these things were. There were no treatment centres. My father didn’t know, my sisters didn’t know, friends didn’t know. Nobody knew what is this powder.’ Sanjay was slipping badly. He needed help.”
Sanjay Dutt: The Crazy Untold Story of Bollywood’s Bad Boy has been written by Yasser Usman and published by Juggernaut.