Sanjay Dutt talks about his cancer diagnosis for the first time
In a video posted on the social media website, Sanjay Dutt said that he would “beat the disease soon”.
The veteran Bollywood star recorded the video at his hairdresser Aalim Hakim’s studio, pointing a camera at a scar that ran from his eyebrow to the side of his head.
“This is a recent scar in my life. But I will beat it. I will be out of cancer soon,” he said.
He also confirmed that he was back to shooting and was “happy to be on set”. His next film will begin shooting in November.
Dutt, 61, was diagnosed with lung cancer in August after he developed breathing problems but tested negative for the novel coronavirus. Since then, Indian media has speculated over the star’s disease however he himself has never confirmed the diagnosis. In a statement issued at the time, Sanjay Dutt said that he was taking a short leave from work for “medical treatment”. In separate posts from the actor and his wife Maanayata, fans were urged “not to worry or unnecessarily speculate” about his disease.
The Dutt family, one of Bollywood’s royalty, is no stranger to cancer. In 1981, days before the release of his debut film, Sanjay Dutt lost his mother, thespian Nargis Dutt, to cancer. A few years later, his first wife, Richa Sharma, herself an actress before she quit films and moved to United States of America, died of complications of a brain tumor.