Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt performed ‘shraadh‘ (memorial ceremony) for his late parents, actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis Dutt, in Varanasi on Wednesday.
Sanjay flew into the temple town in a chartered plane and drove to Rani Ghat to perform the ritual, considered auspicious during the ongoing 15-day ‘shraadh’ period, preceeding the Navratris. Eight Brahmins performed the puja and helped him do the ‘pind daan’ (symbolic feeding of ancestors).
The 58-year-old actor also shared his father’s last wish and said, “While in hospital, he (Sunil Dutt) had expressed the wish that his shraadh be performed in Kashi, as Varanasi is historically known. This was very important for our family.”[ecp code=”4″]
Actress Aditi Rao Hydari, who will share screen space with Sanjay Dutt in upcoming Bhoomi, was also present at the rituals performed in Varanasi.
Sunil Dutt, who was popularly known for his films like Mujhe Jeene Do, Yaadein and Khandan, died of a sudden heart attack in 2005 at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai. Before his death, he had been a long-time Congress MP from Mumbai and had also been a Minister in the first Manmohan Singh government while his wife late actress Nargis, who won Filmfare Best Actress Award for Mother India, died of pancreatic cancer in 1981.
Sanjay Dutt’s “Bhoomi” will hit the screens on September 22 while the actor will start prepping for “Munna Bhai 3″, post “Bhoomi”.