Veteran actor Irrfan Khan’s elder son Babil Khan has revealed that actor Sanjay Dutt was the first one of the people to offer support when late ‘Piku’ actor was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour. Babil also appealed to the media to not speculate about Dutt, who was reportedly diagnosed with lung cancer.
Taking to his Instagram on Thursday, Babil shared a black and white picture of his father and Sanjay Dutt and he wrote a long note about Sanjay Dutt’s equation with his father and family, it reads, “Here’s a secret; Sanju Bhai was one of the first people to offer help in all and every way when my father was diagnosed, after Baba passed, Sanju bhai was again one of the very first few people that held a pillar for support. Please; I beg you, let him fight this without anxiety of media, you must remember we’re talking bout Sanju baba here, he is a tiger, a fighter, the past doesn’t define you but it sure does evolve you and I know this will be over with Sanju Baba smashing hits again.”
Babil also appealed to the media to avoid speculating about Sanjay’s condition. He wrote, “Writers must wonder ‘how do I start’, but I am not a writer so here it is; I humbly request journalists and human curiosity to ease on the speculation, the details. I know that’s your job but I also know that a sense of humanity persists in our soul, so give Sanju bhai and his family the existential space they need.”
Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan shared screen space together in Mani Shankar’s 2010 released film ‘Knock Out’ which also featured Kangana Ranaut.
On Wednesday, Sanjay Dutt’s wife, Maanayata, gave an update about his treatment. She said in a statement, “For those asking, Sanju will complete his preliminary treatment in Mumbai. We will formulate further plans of travel depending on how and when the Covid situation eases. As of now, Sanju is in the best hands of our esteemed doctors at Kokilaben hospital. I request everyone, with my folded hands, to stop speculating the stage of his illness and let the doctors continue to do their work. We will update you all regularly with his progress.”
Irrfan Khan died earlier this year, after a two-year illness. Sanjay Dutt hasn’t yet revealed the nature of his diagnosis, but announced that he would be taking a break from work to focus on his treatment.