Pray for me: Sanjay Dutt's family 'shaken up' as actor heads back to hospital


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Maanyata Dutt says plans to take Sanjay Dutt abroad for treatment depend on the Covid situation

Actor Sanjay Dutt gestures to media personnel as he leaves for hospital on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. The actor was reported to be battling lung cancer.(ANI)

Mumbai: Film star Sanjay Dutt is undergoing "preliminary treatment" at Kokilaben Hospital, his wife Maanayata Dutt said, amid reports that the actor is battling lung cancer. 

"Prarthana karo (pray)," the 61-year-old actor had told paparazzi standing outside his home as he prepared to go to hospital with his sister Priya.

Maanayata Dutt said on Tuesday that a decision on taking Sanjay Dutt abroad for medical treatment will be taken later depending on the coronavirus situation.

"Sanju will complete his preliminary treatment in Mumbai. We will formulate further plans of travel depending on how and when the Covid situation eases," Maanayata said in a long statement. 

Without specifying the nature of Sanjay Dutt's disease, Maanyata said their family was "shaken up" but "determined to fight tooth and nail".

Dutt was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital on August 8 after he complained of breathlessness. He was discharge on August 10.

As rumours swirled around the actor's health condition, Maanayata requested well-wishers to avoid speculating about the "stage of his illness".

"I request everyone, with folded hands, to stop speculating about the stage of his illness and let the doctors continue to do their work," she had said.

Maanayata said she couldn't be by her husband's side at the hospital as she was under home quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. She had returned from Dubai earlier this month.

She said Dutt's sister, Priya, has been "an incredible torchbearer." 

"Every battle has a torchbearer and someone who holds the fort. Priya who has worked extensively over two decades with our family-run cancer foundation, and who has also seen her mother battle this illness, has been our incredible torchbearer, while I will hold the fort," she had said.

In the long statement, Maanayata, 42, had expressed gratitude to fans and hoped they would continue to love and support the family during these trying times. 

"Sanju has been through many ups and downs in his life, but what has kept him going through every tough phase has always been your adulation and support. 

"And for this, we will always be grateful. We are now being tested through yet another challenge, and I know, the same love and warmth will see him through this time as well," she had said.

She further said Dutt was the "heart and soul" of the family and all of them are determined to fight this battle and emerge winners. 

"Sanju is not only my husband and father to our children, but he has also been a father figure to Anju (Namrata) and Priya. 

"While our family is shaken up, we are determined to fight tooth and nail. With God and your prayers on our side, together we will overcome, and emerge as winners," she had said. 

Dutt is the eldest child of late Bollywood stars Nargis and Sunil Dutt. He has two sisters -- Priya Dutt and Namrata Dutt.

He has two children, a son and a daughter, with Maanayata. The actor also has a daughter Trishala Dutt from his first marriage to Richa Sharma. She died of brain tumour in 1996.