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Sunil Dutt: A real Human being

May 28, 2010 04:15:10 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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How short is the public memory that a man from the world of cinema who stood tall than the outreach of cinema has been forgotten in such a short time. Indeed 25 May was the death anniversary of Sunil Dutt, and there hardly has been a remembrance of the kind justifying the stature that he had achieved during his association with the world of cinema.

On the eve of death anniversary of such a towering personality, whose life was a story of trials and tribulations in one form or the other from which he emerged victorious and stronger every time he faced them, it indeed would be a worthy tribute to encapsulate some vignettes from the book written by Namrata Dutt Kumar and Priya Dutt "Mr. and Mrs. Dutt".

Sunil Dutt indeed was one of the most handsome men who had graced the Hindi cinema, indeed his granddaughter, seeing an old photograph of her Nana had remarked "how handsome he was". Such was his passion to the craft of cinema that when MUNNABHAI MBBS became a stupendous hit and his acting prowess was praised, he had quipped" he did not fathom how he meandered into the world of politics. For him acting was the profession". Indeed, though he gained in stature in the social and political field, the world of cinema could not get the best out of him.

While the book is indeed about Mr. and Mrs. Dutt as they both referred to each other in public life, it is more the development of the Dutt family keeping the role of Sunil Dutt in focus. Such was his passion for his acquisitions that signaled his up scaling of social status, that he continued to have those milestones to the end of his life, and in this prized category was included his first car bearing number 1933 and the first suit that he had bought. How many of the actors would be able to recall these achievements in their life? It is also symptomatic of the life of a man who came up hard way and therefore respected his achievements in life.

Though he could not afford it, but when he married Nargis, and being aware of the kind of lifestyle that she was accustomed to, he bought a huge bungalow in Pali Hill that became their abode and continues to reverberate with echoes of memories of a family that has faced all kind of trials and tribulations throughout their life. It was through the book that one comes to understand why Sanjay Dutt has still not able to overcome the loss of his parents, especially her mother. Nargis was particularly fond of dolls, and when Sanjay was born, he being the first child, became the doll with the life in it, and was showered with all love, adulation and pampering and the association of this kind created such a void in his life that he has still not been able to come to terms with it.
It was Sunil Dutt, who based on the suggestion of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru started the tradition of entertaining the soldiers at the borders by marshalling his friends from the acting fraternity. Indeed, it is through the book that one comes to know what a stage fright Kishore Kumar had and when he performed for the first time on the stage, he made Sunil Dutt stand in front of him and Kishore Kumar sang from behind. May be, this could be the trigger for creation of such a scene in PADOSAN, one of the biggest laugh riots that Hindi cinema has ever produced.

May be, the time has come for an authoritative biography on his life and Sanjay Dutt indeed has to take the lead, as it would be his personal tribute to his father, whose void he has still not been able to reconcile with. He also need to initiate the effort of organizing the programmes of the kind for soldiers that his father used to do, as the soldiers still hanker for such recognition for the yeomen service that they are doing for the country, and such initiative from Sanjay Dutt would indeed a valuable treat to his father's memory.

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