When Barack Obama was stumped by Munna Bhai


Sanjay Dutt’s life has been nothing short of eventful, and that’s putting it mildly. His storied career pales in comparison to the drama, color, and controversies that have followed him for th major part of his existence, and we got to see some stark glimpses of those facets of Baba’s life in Sanju – the recently release teaser of the Dutt biopic. In case, you’re among who haven’t seen it yet, do check it out below:


Brilliant, right? The teaser simplytakes your breath away, leaves you filled with curiosity about the myriad chapters of the actor’s colorful life, and is certain to give you goosebumps, especially if you’re a Sanjay Dutt fan. However, such is the length, breath, and depth of life that Sanjay has seen, which most of us may not see in ten lifetimes, that the makers weren’t able to include everything in the film, however hard they tried.

One such incident that had to be skipped form the final draft of the script was narrated to us by the film’s writer Abhijat Joshi, wherein he recounted an almost unbelievable snippet from 2004-2005 where Sanjay’s presence left the former US President, Barack Obama, stranded and baffled.

“We couldn’t take this one in the film, but we knew this fact. In 2004-2005, Sanjay Dutt was in Chicago. He happened to attend a political event where Barack Obama was giving a speech. This was during his days as a Senator, before becoming the President Once the Indian diaspora got a whiff of Dutt’s presence, they just started to run towards him. Suddenly, one could hear chants of 'Munna Bhai! Munnai Bhai!' When I heard it, I found it difficult to believe. I thought, ‘yeh kahi lambi chodd toh nahi raha hai (I wondered whether Dutt was making the story up),’ and checked the time to see if it was late enough for him to be drunk. But, no, it's tro. So, that's how Obama knows Sanjay Dutt. But, even more surprising is when I asked him if this was the greatest anecdote from his life connected to a famous world politician, he casually retorted by saying, ‘No, that would be with Nelson Mandela.’

Whew, Sanjay Dutt has surely had some life both on and off screen!

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