Despite the fleeting controversies, heroes in Hindi cinema were known for being gentle and sophisticated. They were extremely guarded about their private lives as they knew that being public figures they were subject to scrutiny by the media. The fact the presence of media was not an iota of what it is today also helped them in maintaining a clean image. Sanjay Dutt was perhaps the first Hindi film hero who took pride in his notorious image. He openly talked about taking drugs, being uncomfortable with the idea of women in his family working in films and everything that lend to his image of being a hot-blooded, chauvinistic man.
In recent times, I have read biographies and autobiographies of film personalities like Rajesh Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and Karan Johar. What made those books interesting was the fact that most of the stuff written in them was not known to the general public. A book written by or on a celebrity does not have to be controversial but it has to give us a glimpse of certain incidents or moments from his life that one is aware of. Sanjay Dutt has been one of the most controversial figures in Bollywood. Even someone who is not an avid film buff would have a fair idea about the kind of life he has led and the kind of things he has gone through. Apart from discussing the intricate details about the major controversies in the actor's life, one would have expected author Yasser Usman to write about a few lesser known events to bring some novelty to the book. For instance, Usman could have thrown some light on the fallout between Sanjay Dutt and his erstwhile business partner and best friend Sanjay Gupta.
The book comprises of 200 odd pages and seems more of a chronicle of the most controversial events in Dutt's life than a biography which would tap into the different facets of the actor and his life. The author should have delved deeper into Sanjay's life and brought to the fore several other incidents and events that have shaped up one of Bollywood's most controversial stars. Dutt is reportedly planning to take legal action against the book and Usman as he believes a lot of things written in the book are based on hearsay and excerpts from unverified or unconfirmed news sources. He also stated on social media that his official autobiography will be out soon. One definitely looks forward to that as this 'unauthorized' biography leaves a lot to be desired.
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