It will not be an exaggeration to say that 'Vaastav', written and directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, redefined the actor in Sanjay Dutt. Known, till then, for his deadpan looks and Dumbo Hunk roles, Sanjay Dutt shrugged every cliché off him to deliver the performance of a lifetime. 'Vaastav' was extremely successful both in India and abroad and has achieved cult status over the years. Sanjay won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor and the Award for Artistic Excellence at IIFA 2000.