From performing item numbers to becoming Mrs. Dutt: Manyata

Manyata

She's married to one of the biggest stars in India but questions remain about who the new Mrs Dutt is, the kind of control she wields over her husband and her new-found interest in politics.

Even though her husband, Sanjay Dutt, thundered that "there's only one Mr and Mrs Dutt on Pali Hill and it's me and Manyata", many questions remain unanswered about who exactly the new Mrs Dutt is and the kind of control she exerts over the life of her superstar husband.

It's well established by now that the Dutt sisters, Priya and Namrata, are still to give their blessings to their brother's third wife. Since stories of their relationship surfaced, Manyata has constantly dodged enquiries about her past. It was believed that she was a criminal psychologist. Well, she isn't. She's also been married and divorced from Mehraj-ur-Rehman, who was arrested for allegedly sending obscene messages to some Bollywood actresses.

The Dutt marriage got into a legal tangle when Rehman claimed to be still married to Manyata and the couple's attempts to register the marriage in Goa also came under the scanner owing to reportedly fake domicile documents. That technicality has since been updated. So who is Manyata Dutt?

Few know that Manyata, or Maana as Sanju calls her, was born as Dilnawaz Shaikh. In film circles, she was also known as Sara Khan. Born in Mumbai, she spent her growing years in Dubai. Manyata moved to Mumbai a decade ago with Bollywood aspirations. She is best known for her 2003 raunchy item number in Prakash Jha's Gangajal, in which she was given the screen name Manyata by Jha himself. The name switch, however, didn't do much for her career and Manyata had to make do with a B grade film, Lovers Like Us, the rights of which were reportedly bought by Dutt for Rs 20 lakh. Dutt is said to have also gone to the extent of removing the VCDs and DVDs of the film from the market.

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