By: Ekta Mukhi Exactly a week ago, I happened to stumble upon famous Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt’s interview. He explained, “To fight the battle and prove that I am not a terrorist, took me 20 years, it’s the worst thing that can happen to anyone who is innocent”. As it ended, I kept thinking to myself how life had been so tough for him, but I smiled with a sense of pride taking over and in absolute awe of him, believing that everything happens for a reason. He came out stronger, resilient and an even more humble human being. With all the tough times behind him, he was now living what he calls the most satisfying phase of his life, as he said, “I think I have finally settled, instead of living the life of a gypsy, I got married to this beautiful woman, have my kids…unfortunately I couldn’t do this with Trishala (eldest daughter), but I can do this now, to go home and be with the kids, it is a beautiful feeling”. Life, however, had other plans for him. Today the Supreme Court has advocated the conviction of actor Sanjay Dutt and has sentenced him to 5 years of imprisonment. Sanjay Dutt, son of legendary Bollywood stars, Nargis and Sunil Dutt, was part of a tragic Mumbai bombings trial that has dragged on for 18 years, after been caught in the illegal possession of firearms from terrorist acquaintances that were responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. The actor’s plea was that he knew nothing about the bomb plot and that he asked for the guns to protect his family after receiving threats during sectarian riots in Mumbai. Dutt has already served 18 months and will have to go back to serve the remaining 3.5 years. “I have already suffered for 20 years and been in jail for 18 months. If they want me to suffer more I have to be strong. I am heart broken because today along with me, my three children and my wife and my family will undergo the punishment. I have always respected the judicial system and will continue to do so, even with tears in my eyes,” Dutt said. It’s absolutely upsetting to see him have to fight this yet again. The actor who launched his career in 1981, with over 32 years in the industry and 140 films old, he has seen exhilarating highs and shattering lows. Here’s to hoping that he sails through this crisis and comes out stronger than ever.