On his 50th birthday on Wednesday, Bollywood’s troubled star Sanjay Dutt says his only wish is to leave his chequered past behind and move ahead as a free man.
"In the last 18 years, I’ve been fighting for my freedom and I feel the burden of the struggle now. I want to be free," Sanjay told IANS from Cape Town, South Africa.
"I want to walk into any consulate and get my visa. I want my passport to be with me. I want to visit any country I want. Most important of all I want the court cases to end," added the actor who battled with drug addiction and was also convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts under the arms act.
He says now he wishes for his "freedom".
"Can you gift me my freedom for my birthday? Otherwise the biggest gift god has given me is my wife Manyata. I’m very lucky to have her by my side," said the actor who is currently in Cape Town shooting "No Problem"
Friends from different parts of the world have flown in to celebrate the day and Sanjay says he also wanted his sisters – Namrata and Priya – to join him on this special day in his life.
"I’ve invited them. The day I turn 50 is important for me. And I’d like my family to be near me. I wish they could be here. No matter what misunderstandings we had, I’d like to wash them away on my 50th birthday."