Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit.
Sanjay Dutt created an image of a fighter over the years. But whenever he acted with Madhuri Dixit, the producers and directors had brought out the softer performance of Sanjay Dutt.
In Sajan, Sanjay Dutt played the role of a handicapped poet. He dedicated all his poems to Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri Dixit also became a big admirer of the poet without knowing him personally. As Sanjay Dutt knew that being a handicapped person he will fail to make Madhuri Dixit happy, has asked Salman Khan to pretend as the poet who had written all the verses keeping Madhuri Dixit in mind. Ultimately the truth is unveiled and Salman sacrifices his love. The songs in the film like “jiyue to jiye”, dekha hai pehli baar”, “tu shayar hai”, etc, stormed the silver screen.
Sanjay Dutt also acted opposite Madhuri in the film Khalnayak. Although Madhuri was supposed to be married to Jackie, Sanjay had been loyal to her and ultimately surrendered before the police due to her. It was an experiment done by Subhash Ghai by casting Sanjay Dutt in a negative role but the audience responded to the challenge. Jackie also did well in the film.
The other notable film of the successful pair includes Mahanta. It was related to an action –thriller with which Sanjay Dutt is generally associated. His relatives were killed and ill-treated by Amrish Puri and Paresh Rawal and he took revenge in the film in his own way. Jeetender provided adequate support to Sanjay Dutt in the film.
In Sahibaan, Sanjay again acted opposite Madhuri as a second hero, where the romantic part was performed by Rishi Kapoor. The songs in the film composed by Shiv Hari and sung by Jolly Mukherjee including “kaise jiyunga mai” caught the attention of cultured listeners. Madhuri loved Rishi Kapoor, and Sanjay tried to impose his affection with the help of wealth and manpower.
The pair also acted in Thanedaar and Kanoon Apna Apna and the films are still appreciated by filmlovers.