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When Maanayata Dutt revealed she controlled Sanjay Dutt's finances

India Today logo India Today 10-08-2018

It was in 2008 that Sanjay Dutt and Maanayata Dutt tied the knot, but it wasn't a cakewalk for the two. If Sanju baba was coming in and out of jail, Maanayata had a tough time settling down in the Dutt family. But the two stood by each other like a rock in their testing times.

a person posing for the camera © Provided by India Today It was during the same time that Maanayata found herself amid many controversies related to Sanju baba's personal life - his family and friends. But the star wife decided to be a "barricade between Sanjay and those who wanted to use him".

Maanayata in an interview in 2009 to IANS revealed that she controlled Dutt's finances as he couldn't understand the difference between real friends and "fair-weather friends".

"Sanjay never understood the nitty-gritty of finances. And if he hasn't accumulated a huge bank balance, it isn't because he hasn't earned money. He did, but he lost all of it. There were too many people around him trying to use him. I came like a barricade in Sanju's life to stand between him and those who want to use him. Naturally, these fair-weather friends resent me. I spoilt their party, you see," she had said.

"I wouldn't like to name them, but some people for whom Sanju was taking on unnecessary expenses have been stopped. Sanju was implementing financial responsibilities that were not his. That has also made some people hate me. But his finances were being handled by the wrong people. There were so many irregularities in his accounts. If I open my mouth about it, no one will be spared," she had added.

Maanayata had also revealed that she looks after the financial aspect of Sanjay Dutt Productions. "We decided he'd produce his own films to make sure the downslide doesn't take him by surprise. Let's face it. Sanju is a superstar, but he isn't Amitabh Bachchan. Even Amitji went through a downslide. Every actor goes through it and then he reappears in smaller roles. I don't want that to happen to Sanju. As it is, he hasn't secured his bank balance. We jointly decided to start our production house, so we could generate the kind of work that Sanju deserves. I look after the finances of the production house, Sanju looks after the creative aspects," Maanyata had revealed.

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