The legendary Nargis Dutt had a huge influence on the life of her son Sanjay Dutt. She was responsible for shaping his personality, his perspective and helped him in getting rid of his drug addiction.
In fact, Rajkumar Hirani's biopic 'Sanju' brilliantly portrayed the importance of Nargis in Sanjay's life. An interview from 1991surfaced on the web recently, where Sanjay, for the first time, talked about coming in terms with his mother's death.
Nargis, who gave us some extraordinary films, succumbed to cancer just three days before Sanjay's debut film 'Rocky' hit the screens. She was adamant that the movie's premiere should not be postponed no matter what. As the family bid her goodbye, 'Rocky' released exactly on the date it was supposed to.
“When my mother died, I did not cry, had no emotions – nothing. It was after 2 years that I was sitting in this group that all of a sudden this guy started playing the tape,” Sanjay says in the video. But when his friend played that recording of Nargis's final words from her deathbed, Sanjay confessed that he, “burst into tears and cried and cried for hours.”
In the audio recording, one can hear Nargis saying, “More than anything, Sanju, keep your humility. Keep your character. Never show off. Always be humble and always respect the elders. That is the thing that is going to take you far, and that is going to give you strength in your work.”
The video is so hard-hitting that it did give us goosebumps. Check out the heart-breaking clip here:
This tape even plays a vital part in Hirani's film, though the content is a little different. He showed us how due to drug addiction, Sanju couldn't digest his mother's (played by Manisha Koirala) death. It was only a year later, when his father (played by Paresh Rawal) played his mother's tape, that he got the courage to fight his addiction.
Until the film released, not many knew how Nargis' death had impacted Sanjay. The actress died of pancreatic cancer in 1981, at the age of 51. It was her tape that transformed Sanjay and changed his life for the better.