Rocky was the reason I wanted to become an actor: Sanjay Dutt!

Sanjay Dutt says his debut film Rocky, which released on this day in 1981, gave him a real sense of being an actor.

“A film which gave me a real sense of being an actor is ‘Rocky’. Today is 37 years of it and when I look back, my heart fills with gratitude for all the love and appreciation I have received over the years,” Sanjay tweeted on Tuesday.

Rocky was directed by Sanjay’s father Sunil Dutt. It also stars  Tina Munim, Amjad Khan, Raakhee, Shakti Kapoor and Aruna Irani.

Here are two reasons for this movie creating a big impact on the people eagerly awaiting to watch the son of Nargis and Sunil Dutt: 

* The unconventional hero was born: He was the real 18 year old. Just like you're 18 year old younger brother that just goes around the house bopping his head to his mp3 tunes with headphones.  Sunjay Dutt wasn't the adonis that the Hollywood,  he didn't walk, talk, or even look like a star, only like a real-life 19-year-old. His natural gawkiness, gangling limbs, shaggy haircut and sleepy eyes aren't the stuff stars are made of on inaugural flights. Just really different from the smooth, smarmy, slightly leery shop-soiled innocence of his contemporaries. This was during the rise of the parallel wave cinema and people were beginning to like real, socially-relevant cinema. So he was part of a seachange in cinema. 

* It was wholesome entertainment: The movie might have launched an unconventional hero but it pleased the masses. Its got all you can expect from a Hindi movie, songs dance, action, tragedy and of course a happy ending. Music is particularly melodious and RD Burman has done a great job at that.  

Althought, Sanjay has had a tumultuous personal and professional life. He has been loved in films like Khalnayak, Sadak, Saajan, Vaastav: The Reality and Dhamaal, but it was his role in the Munna Bhai series that won him several fans in what could be called his second innings in Bollywood.

Sanjay currently has four films in his kitty -- Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3, Kalank, Torbaaz and Panipat.

Meanwhile, a biopic on his life is also set to make it to the silver screen, with Ranbir Kapoor essaying Sanjay.