I wonder if Madhuri Dixit wished Sanjay Dutt on his 60th birthday on July 29. I sincerely doubt it. The way she dropped Dutt like a garam aloo when he got into serious trouble with the law was proof of the ruthless streak within her.
The truth is—and here, dear readers,we must go into a flashback—Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixitwere deeply madly and truly in love . This happened when they were shooting for the film Saajan,and their romance was heading to the altar when the excreta hit the ceiling.
Sanjay Dutt who was a prime accused for the 1993 Mumbai blasts was taken into custody just a few days before the release of Subhash Ghai’s Khalnaayak. The film starred Sanjay Dutt as a hardcore terrorist, and Ghai’s marketing team released stills of a shackled handcuffed long-haired red-eyed Dutt in prison uniform to every mdia outlet that existed back then.
The result was calamitous for Dutt. Everyone saw the pictures as a reflection of Dutt’s true role in the terror attacks that shook Mumbai in 1993. Dutt’s girlfriend Madhuri also woke up like the rest of Mumbai to that visual of Dutt dressed up as a captured terrorist. Her conservativeMaharashtrian parents remained silent. But the unspoken recrimination hung thickly in the air.
This is when Madhuri took a decision to sever all ties with Dutt.
The story goes…Mads, as he called her, was the second person he called after his father when the law enforcers swooped down on Dutt. Madhuri didn’t take the call. Dutt called again, and again and again…But as far as Madhuri was concerned, she was done with Dutt. The relationship was over, and there was nothing to talk about.
A close friend of Dutt told me he was shattered by the betrayal. “The philandering Casanova had finally met his match. Madhuri was every bit as ruthless and ambitious as Dutt. A career woman could be absolutely selfserving when she sets her heart to it.Madhuri didn’t want to be in a messy relationship with a tainted superstar, and that’s fine. But she didn’t allow Baba even that one final conversation to validate the breakup.”
For years after the breakup Dutt would get drunk and curse and abuse the woman who left him just when he needed her the most. It took the healing touch of another woman, Maanyata to repair and restore Dutt’s confidence in the institution of love and marriage. Now Dutt and Dixitare mature and wise enough to work together. But don’t let that veneer of grace and warmth on display while promoting Kalank fool you.
Dutt has still not forgiven Dixit. He never will.