The celebrity biographies and memoirs really grab attention as it gives the audience insight into celebrity lives and the controversies. In the past few years, many celebrity memories and biographies have stirred up controversies. Not long ago Nawazuddin Siddiqui‘s book created a huge ruckus. Now, Sanjay Dutt is very upset over his unauthorized biography by Yasser Usman. Sanjay Dutt is in a battle with a leading publishing house “Juggernaut Publications” and the writer Yasser Usman, for publishing an unauthorized biography based on ‘hearsay’ which he thinks is an effort to trump the official biography which is going to be released soon.
The book titled “Sanjay Dutt: The Crazy Untold Story of Bollywood’s Bad Boy”, the writer Yasser Usman talks about everything from his early life to troubled years with drugs and law that landed him in jail. n a post, Sanjay Dutt wrote, “I have not authorized either Juggernaut Publications (sic) or Yasser Usman to write/publish my biography. Our lawyers had sent them a legal notice; in response to which Juggernaut Publications said that contents of the proposed book are based on information available in public domain from authentic sources. However, from the excerpts that are appearing in the newspaper are partly based on my old interviews, but rest all seemed to be based on hearsay, 1990s’ tabloids and gossip magazines, most of which are figments of imagination and not true. I have consulted with my legal team on the next course of action.” He further stated that “I hope better sense will prevail and there will be no further excerpts that will hurt me or my family. My official autobiography will be out soon which will be authentic and based on facts.”
In this book written by Yasser Usman, there are several “facts” that Sanjay Dutt has contested, including his divorce case with Rhea Pillai and his tryst with drugs. Sanjay Dutt has lamented that the book has portrayed an image which he is not and painted him in bad light deliberately. The publisher, Juggernaut Books, has been reportedly sharing pdf files with media and had set an embargo till March 20 to release a few excerpts from the unauthorized biography.
In an official statement released by the Juggernaut Publications, it states that “We are sorry to hear that Mr. Sanjay Dutt was upset by our book on him. The author, Yasser Usman is an award-winning journalist and reputed writer on Bollywood actors and is a huge fan and very sympathetic to Mr. Dutt. Yasser has chosen his sources and materials with care. He has relied extensively on direct quotes from Mr. Dutt, his close associates such as Mr. Mahesh Bhatt, and members of the Dutt family. Moreover, as has been said in most of Yasser’s interviews and pieces in the press, he is a huge admirer of Mr. Dutt’s honesty and lack of pretense and believes these qualities meaningfully set him apart from the rest of the film industry. The book is an homage to those admirable and rare traits of honesty and frankness. However, to pay respect to Mr. Dutt’s wishes, we won’t put out any more extracts from the book in short-form media.”
Meanwhile, Sanjay Dutt will also be the subject of an upcoming biopic, in which he will be played by Ranbir Kapoor, directed by Rajkumar Hirani and is scheduled for release on June 29, 2018. Moreover, Sanjay Dutt will also be seen in several movies like Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3, Torbaaz, and Panipat.