Stars are known for moving around with a security cover. And Sanjay Dutt is no exception. But when you are friends with the powers that be of the area, there is an overdrive to help the star feel secure with a huge entourage of personnel around him.
During the recent shoot schedule in Patiala and Chandigarh of his upcoming film with Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha, Dutt personally had over 20 people tailing his every step. This apart from the folks employed at the shoot location for security purposes. As the star is friendly with the political families of the Badals and the Chautalas in Punjab and Haryana, each had despatched their own security units to protect him.
Says a source, “Sanjay Dutt used to move around with two sets of security folk. One was provided by Abhay Chautala, son of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. The other cover was given by Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab.”
Adds the source, “It appeared that the star was the most important person at the location. Whenever he arrived on the sets, there would be a bustle as over two dozen people would arrive and depart with him. Initially people on the sets wondered about the presence of so many people around him but later it was realised that they had been deployed by the politicians especially for him!
The source continues, “Sanjay knows a lot of bigwigs in the state and it appeared that they were all out to prove their friendship by making his security cover bigger and stronger.”
His spokesperson says, “As Sanjay Dutt studied at the Lawrence School at Sanawar, a lot of his classmates and friends from his school are today highly-placed in Punjab and Haryana.
Some of them belong to the leading political families of the states as well and hold important positions. It was just a friendly gesture on their part to make him feel more secure. As a lot of his fans in these places would wait for him outside the hotel and the shooting venues, they felt he needed more cover.”