NEW DELHI (AFP) – Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt (pic below, AFP), whose life has been so colourful and tragic that it became the subject of a biopic, has been diagnosed with lung cancer, Indian media reports said yesterday.
The Hindi-language actor, nicknamed ‘Deadly Dutt’, served time in prison for possessing guns supplied by gangsters responsible for bombings in Mumbai in 1993 and has also battled drug addiction.
On Tuesday Dutt issued a statement on social media saying he was “taking a short break for some medical treatment”. Press reports later quoted a tweet from respected film trade journalist Komal Nahta saying that the 61-year-old has been diagnosed with lung cancer and would travel to the United States (US)
for treatment. Dutt shot to fame in the mid-1980s in a string of action movies in which he performed his own stunts, earning him his nickname.
But the star was also struggling with substance abuse that was said to have been sparked by the pain of losing his mother, Indian screen icon Nargis Dutt, to cancer.
After a break he returned with a string of hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s including Jeete Hain Shaan Se (We Live with Style), Saajan (Beloved) and Khal Nayak (Villain). Dutt has also been married three times. His first wife Richa was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1987 and died in 1996.
His new film Sadak 2 (Road 2) is due to release on Disney+ Hotstar later this month.