'Munnabhai' actor Sanjay Dutt was in for a surprise, when he received news informing him that a deceased fan has left him with her belongings. Family members of Malabar Hill resident Nishi Harishchandra Tripathi knew the 62 year old was a fan of Dutt, but just how big, they were not aware. Dutt, on the other hand, had no idea who Tripathi was until he received a phone call from the police informing him that she had died and had willed the money from her account and bank locker to him.
The deceased, on died on January 15, after battling terminal illness, was a homemaker residing her her 80 year old mother and siblings Arun, Ashish, and Madhu. The family resides at a 3BHK flat that costs over Rs 10 Crore. They found scores of letters issued by Tripathi to her bank, willing all she had to the actor. Dutt, has made it clear that he did not want anything to do with the money or property, and that all of it should go to her family. His attorney Subhash Jadhav said the actor has issued a letter to the Bank of Baroda, saying all contents of the safety vault bequeathed to him, be handed over to her family members.
A bank representative shared a detailed letter and nomination form that she had submitted to the bank a few months before her death. The bank said the nominee mentioned was “Film star Sanjay Dutt” and the nominee's address was that of Dutt's Pali Hill home. Speaking about the incident, Dutt said, “As actors, we are used to fans naming their children after us, chasing us down the street and even giving us gifts. But this has shocked me. I will not be claiming anything, I did not know Nishi and I am very overwhelmed by the entire incident to speak about it.” Jadhav said, “We have communicated that Sanjay Dutt will be seeking no claim on the belongings and will adhere to any legal proceedings necessary to transfer the valuables back to the family.”
Tripathi's family only knew about her will after her prayer meeting, when the family's legal advisor informed them about the development.