Born to beautiful Bollywood couple late Sunil Dutt and Nargis, Sanjay was brought up in the showbiz. However, Sanju was not among those, who liked to get things on a golden plate, rather he wanted to create his own space in the industry.
Sanjay Dutt: Journey through the years
His beloved mother Nargis died only four days prior to his Bollywood debut 'Rocky'. Sanjay's personal life took a turn for the worse and he took to booze and drugs after his mother's death.
Worried about his son, Sunil Dutt sent Sanjay to a drug rehabilitation centre in America.
Sanjay Dutt at an International conference on drug abuse narrates his experiences to the media after he kicked the drug habit post two years of treatment at a US Correction Center.
On his return from the rehab, he married Richa Sharma in 1987 and a year later, the couple had a baby girl, Trishala. Richa died of brain tumour in 1996.
Trishala Dutt lives in US with her grandparents.
Sanjay was booked under law for terrorist interactions, and supposed weapons possession by TADA court on 19 April 1993.
The release of the movie 'Khalnayak' (1993) happened to coincide with his arrest in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Sanjay was charged of illegal possession of bomb vests and ammunition.
Sanjay Dutt during the trying times of the Mumbai bomb blast case.
Sanjay Dutt being produced at the TADA court for the hearing of the 1993 Mumbai blast case.
Describing the days when he was in prison as "traumatic, " he said, "Every human being in the world takes freedom for granted. But once it is taken away from you, you realise how valuable it is, and I have realised that."
Sanjay Dutt being escorted by the policemen when he goes to meet his then girlfriend Rhea Pillai, who was ailing at a friend's house at Churchgate, Mumbai.
In 1998, Dutt married model Rhea Pillai and was happy for a short period of time as they separated in a few years.
Sanjay Dutt resurrected his cinema career with movies like 'Sadak' and 'Saajan'. He received his first Filmfare nomination for the best actor in a lead role for the film 'Saajan'. Sanjay Dutt and Aishwarya Rai with their Best Actor and Best Actress trophy at Filmfare Award function on Feb 13, 2000, Mumbai.
His career had hit an all time low until 1997, when Ram Gopal Verma signed him for the movie 'Daud' featuring him in its 100 grossing films of all time.
Sanjay Dutt chats with Sachin Tendulkar during a charity football match pitting Indian cricket stars against India's top film stars at Nehru stadium, for the benifit of the families of Indian soldiers killed in the Kashmir conflict, July 11, 1999.
Sanjay fulfilled expectations of fans by experimenting with his looks and his style, which keeps changing with time. Sanjay Dutt in a still from mulit-starrer movie 'Kaante'.
Dutt acted in many hit films in 1999, he was appreciated for his performance in hit film 'Vaastav: The Reality'.
Dutt continued with his acting during his case hearings and subsequent appearances in the court, and gave many successful films such as 'Munna Bhai MBBS', 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai', 'Shootout at Lokhandwala' and 'Zila Ghaziabad'.
After two years of dating, Sanjay Dutt married Manyata at a private ceremony in Goa in 2008.
The couple have twin, a boy named Shahraan and a girl named Iqra.
Priya Dutt sister of actor Sanjay Dutt gets emotional after the Supreme court sentences the actor for five years in 1993 Mumbai blast case, on March 21, 2013 in New Delhi.
Indian Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, center, gestures to the media after he broke down during a press conference as his sister Priya Dutt, left, stands next to him at his residence in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 28, 2013.