Sanjay Dutt got emotional on the 92nd birthday of father and late recording artist Sunil Dutt when he posted a heartwarming childhood photo with him on Sunday. Alongside the black and white photo, Sanjay wrote: “Always hold my hand through thick and thin. Love you daddy, happy birthday!”
The photo shows a loving Sunil Dutt holding his son’s hand and looking at him lovingly. Sanjay Dutt’s Instagram is full of such lovely throwback photos of both dad Sunil Dutt and mom Nargis. The actor shares these photos and remembers their special days, birth and wedding anniversaries.
Sanjay Dutt’s relationship with his father is well documented. Not only has the actor spoken extensively in the media about the unconditional support Sunil Dutt has provided him through various ups and downs in the actor’s life, but his biopic, Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju, also showed Sunil Dutt’s dedication to rebuilding his son’s life and career after his arrest in connection with the 1993 Bombay bombing and his fight against substance abuse.
Sanjay Dutt’s Bollywood debut, Rocky, was directed by Sunil Dutt. The father-son duo made their first film appearance in Hirani’s Munna Bhai MBBS in 2003, where Sunil Dutt played Sanjay Dutt’s father. Sanjay’s sister Priya Dutt also remembered their father, with a lengthy Instagram post alongside a video role of Sunil Dutt in different moods. Priya wrote that the current generation should know that her father was more than an actor and a politician.
“He was a spirited man, his life journey was full of adventure and exploration, in some I was lucky enough to be part of it, he left a lasting mark on everyone he met on that journey. Today we celebrate his life…… #father #love,” read an excerpt from her message.
Sunil Dutt, a Padma Shri recipient, was one of the Indian film industry’s most celebrated actors. After his 1955 debut with Platform, Sunil Dutt starred in such films as Mother India (1957), Sadhna (1958), Insan Jaag Utha (1959), Sujata (1959), Gumraah (1963), Waqt (1966), Mera among others Saaya (1966) and Padosan (1968).