Breaking rank with Bollywood, actor Nana Patekar speaks out against extension of parole to Sanjay Dutt, says he will never work with the convicted star
Notwithstanding the support of Bollywood bigwigs to Sanjay Dutt, Nana Patekar on Thursday slammed the extension of parole to the jailed actor, saying he would never work with the convicted star.
The 63-year-old actor said the least he can do is boycott the films that Dutt stars in.
Nana Patekar has broken ranks with Bollywood over Sanjay Dutt's parole issue. File Pic
"I have not worked with him in 22 years of my career, I will not work with him in future too," the actor told a news channel.
"Government will do whatever they want. They are saying that it is legal, you can't say anything about it. But I will do whatever is in my hands," he added.
Dutt, 54, was convicted by the Supreme Court for illegal possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and was sentenced to six years of imprisonment.
He had earlier served 18 months of jail and had surrendered himself before a Mumbai court on May 18, 2013 to serve the remaining period of his imprisonment.
"You will watch his films and make him a hero and later you say he shouldn't get parole. Things don't work like that. What can I do? Who will listen to me? People think he is only an actor. I am also a common man but who will consider that," Patekar said.
Patekar had spoken out against Dutt even at the time of his sentencing, saying he should not be given a favourable treatment for being an actor. Dutt has drawn flak for getting parole of almost 100 days during his current jail term.