"I was very shy, especially with women"
In a new interview, Sanjay Dutt has recalled the time when people used to call him ‘charsi (junkie)’ when he returned from the rehabilitation centre.
Sanjay Dutt is currently basking in the success of his film KGF Chapter 2.
The film also stars Yash, Raveena Tandon, Prakash Raj, Malavika Avinash, John Kokken and Saran.
Directed by Prashanth Neel and produced by Hombale Films, the multilingual film was released in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi on April 14, 2022.
The film follows the story of Rocky, an orphan rising from poverty to become the king of a gold mine. The first film came out in 2018.
Sanjay has always been very vocal about the time when he got involved with drugs.
In a new interview with Ranveer Allahabadia, Sanjay recalled how he thought that doing drugs will make him look ‘cool’.
He said: “I was very shy, especially with women, so I started it to look cool.
“You do it and you become a cooler guy with the ladies, you talk to them.”
He added: “Ten years of my life I was in my room, or the bathroom, and not interested in shoots.
“But this is what life is, and that’s how everything changed. When I came back from the rehab, people used to call me charsi. And I thought, galat hai yeh (this is wrong).
“People on the road are saying this. Kuch karna padega (I have to do something about it).
“So I started working out. I wanted to break through that. And then from charsi, it became a guy with swag and ‘kya body hai’.”
Sanjay also shared that he was diagnosed with cancer during the Covid-19 lockdown and was initially quite worked up after he learnt about his condition.
He said: “It was a normal day in the lockdown. When I walked up the stairs, I was totally out of breath.
“I had a bath, I couldn’t breathe, I didn’t know what was happening, so I called up my doctor.
“In the x-ray, more than half of my lungs were covered in water. They had to tap the water out. They all were hoping it was tuberculosis but it turned out to be cancer.
“How to break it to me, it was a big issue. I could have broken somebody’s face. So, my sister came, I was like, ‘Okay, I’ve got cancer, now what?’.
“Then you start planning this, we’ll do this and that…”
“But I did cry for two-three hours because I was thinking about my kids and my life and my wife and everything, these flashes come and I said, I am going to stop getting weak.
“First, we decided to seek treatment in the US, but didn’t get the visa, so I said, I’ll do it here.”
Sanjay will be seen next in Akshay Kumar starrer-Prithviraj.
He also has Shamshera in the pipeline, which will also star Vaani Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor.