Sanjay Dutt marries girlfriend Maanyata

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Mumbai, Feb 11 (UNI) Putting all rumours to rest, film actor Sanjay Dutt today got married to his girlfriend of two years, Maanyata, according to Hindu rituals in a simple wedding ceremony here.

The wedding took place at Dutt's friend, Pradeep's residence at Versova Badrinath Tower, and was attended by close friends Sunil Shetty, Dharam Oberoi and Jatin.

Dutt was wearing a golden hued kurta-pyjama with a red embroidered ''chunri'', while Maanyata was wearing a red and gold coloured lahenga with golden embroidery.

Maanyata was looking like the typical Indian bride with her forehead and her hair parting full of sindoor.

''I have no words to express my feelings,'' Maanyata said after the rituals got over and the couple met the media. Dutt said that he was very happy and loved all his fans.

When asked what gift did he give to his new wife, Dutt answered, ''myself'', ending all the speculation that was raised about their relationship in the last few months.

Dutt thanked the media for being supportive during his testing times.

Dutt had got married to Maanyata, alias Dilnawaz Sheikh, on February 7 at a registrar's office in Madgaon, Goa.

Dutt seemed very happy at the turn of events and was seen joking with his friends and mediapersons.

Dutt's sisters Priya Dutt Roncon and Namrata Gaurav were not present. Other family members also did not attend the wedding.

Congress MP from the Western suburbs Priya Dutt said she got the news of the marriage from the media. It is reported that daughter Trishala Dutt is happy with the marriage.

It may recalled that Dutt was recently granted bail by the apex court for his involvement in the 1992 Mumbai serial blasts case for possessing deadly weapons in the notified area of the city.

Following the conviction, Dutt who was on bail at the time of sentence, was taken into custody and lodged in the Yerwada jail in Pune.

Maanyata and Dutt had met at the fag end of the final verdict of the lengthiest trial of the Indian judiciary and since then has been Dutt's constant companion whether it was his court trials or the lavish Abhishek Aishwarya wedding.

Dutt had earlier been married to model Richa Sharma and Rhea Pillai and has a daughter Trishala from Sharma, who is studying in the USA.

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