Sanjay Dutt, one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, walked out of prison on Thursday morning after serving the remainder of a five-year sentence for acquiring illegal guns from the men convicted for the 1993 Mumbai bombings.
Dutt, clutching a file and a duffel bag, turned and raised his arm in a salute before walking through the gate of Yerwada prison near Pune, around 200 km from Mumbai,television channel Times Now showed.
The actor took a chartered flight to Mumbai and visited his mother’s grave before heading home, according to local media reports.
Best known for his role in the “Munnabhai” films, Dutt’s persona of a bumbling but well-intentioned gangster has spilled into his personal life. Often called “baba” (a term of endearment for children), Dutt is likely to be accepted with open arms by the Indian film industry.
“I am very proud of Sanjay for being in jail for so many years and staying in with dignity. He worked out every day for hours with old buckets full of water and looks much fitter than he was before his jail term,” producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra said.
“It’s very rare not to lose hope in a dark cell. I am certain nothing can stop him now.” Read More