Bollywood celebrated too. His friends from the film fraternity accorded a warm welcome. Sanjay is looking forward to being back on screen soon - and his own life story is set to be brought on celluloid by Rajkumar Hirani.
"I'm proud to be an Indian," said Sanjay, adding he was missing his father - a former Congress MP -- the most.
"If my father was alive, he would have been the most happy person," said the actor, who took a chartered plane from Pune to Mumbai with his family and close friends -- and went straight to the famed Siddhivinayak temple. From there, he went to pray at his mother's grave first and later folded his hands in front of his father's portrait at his residence. Manyata, his third wife, their twin children Iqra and Shahran, sister and ex-MP Priya Dutt and close friends were by his side. Sanjay's fans were all over. They showered their love with garlands when he made his way to his house through a sea of admirers who raised their smartphones in the air to capture the moment. Security was tight, with some of superstar Salman Khan's bodyguards deployed for Sanjay.
Near his home, a contingent of drummers played a deafening welcome tune for Sanjay, who sported a casual dark blue shirt and jeans, flaunted salt-pepper sparse hair and a stubbly beard. Many others celebrated his homecoming in unique ways.
These included a free meal of 'Chicken Sanju Baba' at south Mumbai's Noor Mohammadi Hotel, 50 percent discount on all meals, and free servings of a specially created 'Bhai-Baba Chal Mere Bhai' at the Bhaijaanz Restaurant in Bandra. An auto-rickshaw driver, Sandeep Bachche, offered free rides in Bandra.