Sanjay_Dutt FEATUREAs actor Sanjay Dutt was released today from Pune’s Yerawada prison, where he served his sentence for 42 months in the 1993 serial bomb blasts case, his co-stars and friends from Bollywood have wished him a peaceful life and a great career ahead.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said the 56-year-old actor would emerge stronger. “People have always written his obituary but he has bounced back. He has dazzled everyone with his work. This time too I am hopeful he will come out as a more stronger man,” Bhatt told PTI.

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“I think now on, this will be the best years of his life with new beginnings,” he said. Bhatt recalled how he and Dutt began their respective careers together and delivered several hits.

The duo worked together on films like “Naam”, “Gumrah”, “Sadak” and others. “I don’t look at him as an actor and even he doesn’t look at me as a director. While making “Naam” we came close emotionally,” he added.

The “Saaransh” director wishes Dutt and his family all the best. “His wife Manyata wanted me to be at his home today. I think this is a personal moment for him and I don’t want to invade on this time. I would surely meet him soon,” Bhatt said.

The onscreen “Munnabhai” has given memorable performances in many of Subhash Ghai’s films, the most memorable being “Khalnayak”. “If I know Sanjay Dutt since “Vidhata” and “Khalnayak”.. he will come out this time with much more maturity and sense of responsibility as a human being and also as a bigger star onscreen than ever,” Ghai said.

“He wants to focus on his career as an actor, nothing else.. thats what he told me two months back,” he adds. Before going to prison in 2013 to serve the remainder of his five-year term, Dutt was working on director Rensil D’Silva’s “Ungli”.

“(Now) He needs rest… he needs to relax first, spend time with his family and near and dear ones. He is a great friend. I am happy he is back. And I wish him a peaceful life,” Rensil said.