Sanjay Dutt Readies for Prison Sentence With Prayers and Visits From Bollywood Friends

MUMBAI: Today, as Sanjay Dutt gears up to enter prison to serve the remainder of his sentence, Bollywood will surely be mourning the loss of a fine actor from amidst them. Many Bollywood celebrities have expressed solidarity with Dutt, the most recent of them being Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Fardeen Khan and David Dhawan, who visited Dutt yesterday at his residence.

Dutt began his day with early morning prayers and celebrity guests at his residence in Bandra, who came to show their support for him in these trying times. Sanjay’s day began with solemn prayers and a ‘havan’ conducted by a priest, as his family members stood resolutely by his side.

The evening brought countless phone calls from well wishers, and our paparazzi spotted ‘Dabangg’ Khan aka Salman Khan roaring in to pay him a visit. The two have been thick friends ever since they starred together in super hit films in the 1990’s, like ‘Chal Mere Bhai’.

Fardeen Khan, Ajay Devgn, David Dhawan and many others soon followed in ‘Tiger’ Khan’s footsteps, and were spotted outside Dutt’s home in suburban Mumbai.

Arjun Rampal too expressed his anguish, when he said, “It’s distressing and upsetting (that Sanjay has to go to jail). It’s sad that all this is happening with him. He needs strength and prayers at this time. We all are with him. His family needs support and we are with them.”

Dutt will surrender before a special TADA court on Thursday after the apex upheld his conviction, but reduced the six-year jail term to five.

Police sources indicate that Sanjay Dutt may arrive in special TADA Court after lunch amid tight security,and after completing the surrender formalities, he will be whisked off to the high-security Arthur Road Central Jail – which usually houses undertrials – in congested south-central Mumbai.

Eventually, Dutt will be shifted to another jail either in Pune, Nashik or Nagpur. Police officials remained tight-lipped about the final destination.

(with inputs from IANS)