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Manyata Dutt Sets A Strong Parenting Example By Being Honest With Her Kids About Sanjay’s Jail Term

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  •  November 13, 2017

“When Maanayata was pregnant, I always thought I would be a damn strict dad. But with them, I just can’t be that,” expresses Sanjay Dutt.

Sanjay Dutt and Manyata Dutt became proud parents of twins – Shahraan and Iqra in 2010. Unfortunately, Sanjay’s conviction in 2013 and his subsequent 42 months term in Yerwada jail, Pune, kept him away from home.

It was in 2016 when Sanjay re-united with his wife and kids and now leads a happy life. “It is a great feeling to just see them grow up. It is amusing when they talk like grown-ups and try to act all mature,” rejoiced Sanjay in a chat with a leading newspaper.

Manyata made sure to not let the kids know about his conviction. In an interview, she said, “They are still too young to understand what happened. Shahraan’s dad is his hero, his role model, he idolizes him. I worry about two things. First, it could be too much of a shock for him; he might not be able to justify what had happened or understand why it happened. Second, he might start thinking whatever his dad did back then was cool.”

However, Manyata says the kids will know about their father’s wrongdoings and the price he had to pay for it. She said, “They should know that their father was wrong and he has paid a heavy price for that. Not many people would have the courage to own up to what they had done and face the consequences. I want them to understand how it happened, why it happened, and how Sanju took it in his stride. But they are still too young for all that and we don’t want to burden their childhood.”

Sanjay is happy beyond measures to be around his kids now. He says, “The case dragged on for 23 long years. It bogged me down. But I was really lucky that when I started my jail term, the twins were about two years old and they don’t have any memory of it. And I am glad that I came out just when they were becoming aware of their surroundings. Now I am always there for them, always around.”

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Manyata, raising the kids alone for 3 years, always wondered how would Sanjay be as a father. She is amazed to see that he is an exceptional father, saying: “Even before he went to jail, he would be out on the shoot and the kids were never really used to seeing him at home all the time. Still seeing Sanjay with the kids now, I am realizing that I could not have filled the void his absence created. When we were planning for our Italy trip. The way he interacted with the kids, the way the kids bargained for pocket money with him, suddenly made me acutely aware of how important he is to them. After they left, I told him I never expected him to be this good at being a dad!”

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