Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who is a close friend of actor Sanjay Dutt expressed happiness at the actor's release from Yerwada Central Jail - where he was serving a 42-month sentence for illegal possession of arms in the 1993 Mumbai blast case.
Hirani joined Dutt's family and friends - and a large crowd of fans - to receive the actor outside the Pune jail on 25 February. Expressing his happiness over the release, Hirani said:
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"We are happy that Sanju is coming back. He has served his term and is ready to begin his second innings. Indians are famous for scoring well in the second innings.
I am sure he will come back and rock. I look forward to his biopic and also to start Munnabhai 3 very soon."
Hirani, who directed Dutt in Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai, is now collaborating with the actor on a biopic on the actor - starring Ranbir Singh in the lead - as well as a third film in the hugely successful Munnabhai franchise.
Dutt was sent to Yerawada prison in May 2013 to complete the remainder of his sentence after being convicted for illegal possession of arms under the Arms Act. He was arrested on 19 April 1993, for possession and destruction of an AK-56 rifle, which was a part of a cache of arms and explosives which landed in India prior to the serial Mumbai blasts.
-- With inputs from PTI