PUNE: Sanjay Dutt heaved a huge sigh of relief on Thursday afternoon, while speaking to the press after his release from Yerwada Jail, Pune.
“To be free is the most amazing feeling. For 23 years I have been waiting for this moment for freedom. I did everything (followed the law). It’s a feeling that will take a while to sink in,” said Dutt, according to Indian media.
Clad in a white kurta, jeans with a tilak on his forehead, a smiling Dutt also said, “I miss my father (Sunil Dutt) today. I wish he was alive to see this day, if he would have been (alive), he would have been the happiest person,” he said.
He went on to heap praises on his ‘best half’, Mantaya:
“Whenever I was getting weak, she was my pillar of strength. I think she suffered more than me as she had to look after two kids, bring them up, take decisions,” said the Bollywood actor.
“She is not my better half, but my best half. Manyata is my strength,” he added, holding his wife’s hand who stood behind him during the press conference.
Sanjay Dutt told reporters that he learned small jobs like making paper bags and entertained other prisoners by spending time as a radio jockey while in prison. When asked about his earnings in jail, Dutt said in a lighter vein, “Like a good husband I gave all the money to my wife.”
He said now he would like to spend quality time with his family and kids.