Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who turned 62 on Thursday, has played a variety of characters across action, drama, thriller, and romance genres in his career span of four decades.
Born to two of Indian cinema’s finest actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis on July 29, 1959, the star has had a rather bumpy road to success, with his life marred by controversies. Yet, over the years, Sanjay has managed to stay on top of the game.
Looking back at his career, it becomes apparent that there is no genre that he did not tap into. Sanjay Dutt has given some of the most memorable characters to Indian cinema and has wowed the audiences time and again with his portrayals. Here’s a look at some of his evergreen movies that fans will cherish forever.
Sanjay made his debut with Rocky. It marked the birth of a star. Making his debut alongside many seasoned actors, his performance stood out in the film. With his very first film, Sanjay made name for himself in the industry. The film turned out to be a huge hit. Fans still revisit the movie.
Saajan is yet another movie, which never gets old. He gave an amazing performance in the film, however, its theme and subject were what made it the right choice among fans. It is one of Sanjay’s best romantic films.
Sadak was a box office wonder when it released. The movie saw Sanjay playing a character that was not much explored at the time. He played a taxi driver who will go to any length to save his lady love. The film is still talked-about today.
Khalnayak is an important film in Sanjay’s list of successful films. Be it the action, the story, or the songs, the movie nailed it in all aspects and Sanjay’s role is still remembered by his fans. The film was a major hit at the box office. The present-day collection of the movie after inflation adjustment stands at more than ₹160 crores.
In the film, Sanjay played a character named Raghunath Namdev Shivalkar. His ’50 Tola Sona’ dialogue is still one of the most remembered lines from the film. Sanjay’s performance was outstanding; the film easily counts as one of the best films that the actor has worked in.
Haseena Maan Jayegi (1999)
Before the Munna Bhai series, it was with Haseena Maan Jayegi that Sanjay experimented with comedy. The actor was at his comedic best and was paired with actors like Govinda and Karisma Kapoor. The movie became a timeless classic.
Mission Kashmir (2000)
Mission Kashmir is yet another feather in Sanjay’s cap. It is one of his best movies and won numerous awards back then when it released.
Munna Bhai MBBS (2003)
Any Sanjay Dutt movie list is incomplete without the mention of Munna Bhai MBBS. The film has been deemed a turning point in Sanjay’s career by many, as it was the first out-and-out comedy that the actor did after a long time.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
Popular among his fans, a sequel to the hit Munna Bhai film was made on enormous public demand and the result was yet another hit.
Another turning point in Sanjay’s career came when he took the iconic role of Kancha Cheena. The movie is the remake of the Amitabh Bachchan film of the same name. However, the villain’s role was tweaked in such a way that Sanjay’s portrayal of the character became the talk of the town.
From his debut till now, Sanjay has been part of some of Bollywood’s greatest movies. He will soon be seen in KGF: Chapter 2, where he will be seen as an antagonist.