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Scandal Point : When Madhuri Dixit Dumped Sanjay Dutt

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.

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