"I have spent periods of my life in a lockdown."
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has likened the coronavirus lockdown to his experience in jail.
Sanjay Dutt has had an interesting life both on-screen and off-screen. Alongside portraying some of the most memorable characters on the big screen, he has also suffered in real life.
From losing his mother, Nargis Dutt to pancreatic cancer in 1981 to serving a jail sentence, Dutt has experienced the lows of life.
The actor was put behind bars due to his involvement of illegal possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
After an extensive 23-year long trail, Dutt was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison. He was released on February 25, 2016.
As well as affected people physical health, the coronavirus pandemic has also affected people’s mental health.
According to an interaction with the Times of India, Sanjay Dutt spoke about his life in the lockdown. Speaking about his daily routine, he said:
“Acting is a physically and mentally demanding job. This isolation has given me time to recharge my batteries, rest out mentally and prepare for my next set of roles.
“It takes a lot of time and energy to prepare for a role, especially given the complex characters that I enjoy playing.
“I am also spending a lot of time connecting with my family virtually which is the most important thing in my life.
“When the lockdown was announced, unfortunately, Maanayata and my children were already in Dubai.”
Sanjay Dutt continued to explain why the lockdown was like a prison for him. He said:
“In the past, I have spent periods of my life in a lockdown. Back then and even now, the one thought that stays with me is the way I miss my family.
“For me, they are everything. Thanks to technology, I can see and talk to them multiple times in a day and yet, I miss them terribly.”
“These times teach you about the fragility of life and the value of moments spent with your loved ones. We should count our blessings and never take them for granted.”
Sanjay Dutt is also doing his best to help the less fortune amid the lockdown. He has helped feed 1,000 families in Mumbai during this difficult time. He added:
“This is a time of grave crisis for the entire country. Everybody is helping each other in any way they can, even if it means by just staying home and practising social distancing.
“I am just trying to do my bit to help out as many people as I can.”
Joining hands with Sawarkar Shelters, Dutt revealed:
“Sawarkar Shelters has been getting backbone to execute this plan. They have done much hard work and I thank them for it.
“I hope that by helping each other, we get through this difficult phase of our lives soon.”