We bet you didn't know this Nargis Dutt anecdote... Image: Twitter
Sanjay Dutt was in a US rehab battling drug addiction when his mother Nargis Dutt was breathing her last in Mumbai. But the doting mother shared some pieces of advice with her son, who was merely 22 at that time. Nargis died on May 3, 1981, of cancer just before the release of Sanjay's film Rocky.
In the book Sanjay Dutt: The Crazy Untold Story of Bollywood's Bad Boy, author Yasser Usman has shared some lesser known deets from Sanjay's controversial life. Yaseer said Sanjay's father Sunil Dutt had sent him some tapes of Nargis talking during her final days so as to help him in rehab.
"When Sanjay got the tapes from Sunil, he had no idea what was on them. He pressed play and suddenly the room was filled with Nargis's voice. He remembered his childhood when his mother's voice would reverberate through the Dutt mansion," the book reads.
Nargis's voice was weak, broken and in immense pain, but she still spoke of her dreams for her beloved son and gave him some gentle advice.
"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," Nargis had said.
Hearing his mother's voice one last time, Dutt was inconsolable for almost four days and her words changed him for good for the rest of his life.
(with inputs from PTI)