Sanjay Dutt - India Today Conclave - 340x

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt wasreleased from Yerwada jail on 25th February. For the first time he has spoken in some detail about his time in jail at an event today.

“In fact I was treated worse than normal inmates” he said at India Today Conclave, according to Hindustan Times, “as everyone thought I was getting special treatment. The feeling of freedom is yet to sink in.”

When asked what the worst part of his sentence was, Dutt’s response may come as somewhat of a surprise, “The worse thing about jail was the food, it was terrible and not edible at all.”

Dutt shared how his father actor-politician Sunil Dutt had always believed in him and before he had passed away, he had told his son he was proud of him. Hepledged, “I am a patriot, my family is patriotic. I cannot think of harming my country. I don’t think I let my father down. He knew I was not a terrorist.”

Other than the day the weapons entered and were subsequently found in his house, Dutt disclosed how he did not have any regrets. “It has taught me not to be brash. I have learnt to respect the law about our country and also have learnt about it. I think every citizen should know about the law of the country. But yes, I do regret the day those weapons came into my house.”

Dutt left jail 103 days ahead of his prison term for good behaviour, after being convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and serving a 42-month sentence.

By Nish Misra