In spite of having an incredible career span, Sanjay Dutt has had quite a notorious reputation. His interesting- and mostly tumultuous – life has inspired film-maker Raju Hirani to make a biopic on him.
It’s a universal fact that Sanjay was deeply involved with drugs until he went America for rehabilitation some forty years ago.
A self confessed addict who fought the battle for almost a decade, Sanjay has now shown an interest in taking a step towards propagating the message of rehabilitation and awareness in the country.
“I want them to be high on life, to study and work hard instead of doing drugs. I’ve spoken about this earlier… It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Things did not materialise then because my own case was on and my plate was full. But now that the pressure is off, I really want to do something for the future of our country and I’ll go to the highest level, present my proposal to the Prime Minister, and work with the government on this because you need proper facilities and proper counselling. It’s a three-pronged process — create awareness, instill in the addicts a willingness to clean up and then rehabilitate them,” says Munnabhai in the making.
Sanjay Dutt agrees that no one gets hooked up to it instantly. You discover it, continue it because it apparently has a status of being “cool” and eventually you don’t even realize when you get addicted to it.
Yes, you can be introduced to drugs by somebody, but then you stay on because it’s cool and you want to be on the scene and one out of every 10 crosses the line of control. I was one of those unlucky ones,” he sighs, remembering those years when he would hide away from people, in the bathroom experimenting with every drug available, suddenly alone unless he was in a group with others shooting up with him.
Sanjay agrees that he was fortunate enough to have afford going abroad for rehab. Having experienced the suffering up and close, Sanjay wants to be an inspiration for those caught in the misery of substance abuse.
“I was among the lucky few who could be sent out of the country to a rehab centre in the US but how many families can afford that? So, we should have facilities for them here and I’d like to go out there and talk to these girls and boys, rich and poor. Maybe I can be an inspiration, because if I could get out of it, anybody can,” he asserts.
Sanjay’s tryst with substance abuse will be much visible in Hirani’s upcoming biopic where Ranbir Kapoor is going to play the character of Sanjay Dutt. As for his efforts towards the eradication of substance abuse, let’s watch out for actual implementations of his ideas, along with the cooperation of the government.