Sanjay Dutt arrives in Mumbai, heads to Siddhivinayak and mother's grave
After a long wait of 42 months, Sanjay Dutt was finally released from the Yerwada jail in Pune this morning. The actor was serving the remainder of his five-year sentence for possession of illegal arms in the '93 Mumbai bomb blasts case. Photo: Screenshot / Twitter
Dressed in dark blue shirt, a pair of faded denims, and a tilak on his forehead, Sanjay Dutt stepped out of the prison. The actor left the jail with a large duffel bag and his discharge papers.
Sanjay kissed the ground outside the prison gates while fans, friends and colleagues stood outside and cheered for him.
Sanjay's release from jail was rather dramatic.
Sanjay turned around to salute the prison as a gesture of bidding the jail a final goodbye.
Sanjay took a moment to salute and look back at the jail before he walked over to his wife and kids.
According to reports, director Rajkumar Hirani was filming this moment for Sanjay's upcoming biopic that will see Ranbir Kapoor play the lead.
On Thursday, Sanjay walked out a free man after serving a sentence of 42 months for being in possession of an AK-56 rifle. (Photo: Viral Bhayani)
Sanjay was arrested on April 19, 1993, for possession and destruction of an AK-56 rifle, which was a part of cache of arms and explosives which landed in India prior to the serial blasts of March 1993.
On his release, Sanjay thanked his fans for their support and was quoted as saying, “There is no easy walk to freedom my friends.” (Photo: Viral Bhayani)
Sanjay arrived in Mumbai early Thursday afternoon, accompanied by a number of policemen and body guards. (Photo: Viral Bhayani)
Happy to be back, Sanjay waved to all the fans and media men waiting outside the Mumbai airport. (Photo: Viral Bhayani)
A number of Sanjay's friends, were all there at the Mumbai airport waiting to greet him with a warm hug.
Sanjay Dutt was running on a tight schedule and and determined to stick to his timings. (Photo: Viral Bhayani)
Sanjay walked out of the Mumbai airport holding on tight to Manyata's hand. (Photo: Rajesh Jadhav)
Sanjay then headed over to the Mumbai famous Siddhivinayak temple to offer special prayers of thanksgiving. (Photo: Viral Bhayani)
After a short prayer session, Sanjay left the temple to head to his mother's grave in Marine Drive. We have learnt that Sanjay's good friend Salman Khan has organised a big bash for the star at his Panvel farmhouse on Thursday evening. (Photo: Viral Bhayani)
Security outside the Bada Kabrastan was tightened for the day.
According to reports, Salman Khan had sent a number of bodyguards to keep a close eye on Sanjay and his wife as they made their way around the city.
After seeking blessing at Siddhivinayak temple, Sanjay Dutt paid a visit to his mother Nargis' grave at Baba Kabristan in Marine Lines. (Photo: Debasish Dey)
The actor was snapped as he left from the graveyard with his wife Manyata. (Photo: Debasish Dey)
At home, a special welcome surprise awaits Sanjay Dutt. The actor's sister Priya Dutt has made the special arrangements. (Photo: Debasish Dey)
Sanjay Dutt's sister Priya says it's an emotional day for the family and revealed that they have planned a special welcome for the actor, who has been released from Yerawada prison and is on his way home. (Photo: Debasish Dey)
"It's been 23 years... he (Sanjay Dutt) and we all have gone through many ups and downs. We have struggled a lot," Priya said. (Photo: Debasish Dey)
On reaching home, the first thing that Sanjay Dutt does is seek blessings from his father Sunil. (Photo: Rajesh Jadhav)
A massive crowd of fans and reporters was waiting for Sanjay Dutt outside the Mumbai airport. (Photo: Rajesh Jadhav)
Covered in garland, Sanjay Dutt was all smiles as he walked toward his car. (Photo: Rajesh Jadhav)
After visiting Siddhivinayak Temple and his mother Nargis Dutt's grave, Munnabhai met the press, where he said his father Sunil Dutt's only fight was to see his son free. (Photo: Rajesh Jadhav)
The actor was welcomed by a huge crowd of reporters and fans. (Photo: Rajesh Jadhav)
Emotional Sanjay even said that though he is a free man, it is still tough for him to believe the fact and hence, needs some time to sink in to the reality. (Photo: Rajesh Jadhav)
owards the end of the press conference, he made a personal request to the media to not address him as a terrorist. He said, "My biggest relief was when court said 'you are not a terrorist'. I would request to the press, I am convicted in the arms act, not in the bomb blasts case. Please don't portray me as that." (Photo: Rajesh Jadhav)