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Bollywood actors fight jail time

Khan, Dutt going through legal troubles

One Bollywood actor has been released from jail just as another enters it.

Salman Khan, whose “Marigold” is in theaters now, is in a Rajasthan jail for poaching endangered black deer. Meanwhile, Sanjay Dutt has been released pending his appeal on weapons charges relating to the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.

Khan will know today if the Rajasthan High Court will approve his appeal in the 9-year-old poaching case. He is seeking to have his five-year sentence overturned. He is also facing charges stemming from a hit-and-run case in 2002 when one homeless man in Mumbai was killed and three others injured. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.

Among pics with which Khan is involved are Sony’s “Saawariya,” directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, now in post-production; and Rumi Jaffrey-directed “God tussi great ho,” which he toplines with Amitabh Bachchan. His “Partner,” released earlier this year, was a hit.

Meanwhile, Dutt was temporarily freed from a facility in Pune, near Mumbai, on Sunday after serving just 24 days of a six-year sentence because the court that tried him didn’t give him a copy of the sentence. He will get the papers Sept. 27.

According to published reports, films worth 1 billion rupees ($24.4 million) are riding on Dutt, star of the hugely popular “Munnabhai” pics.

Unfinished projects include “Dhamaal,” directed by Indra Kumar; Sanjay Gadhvi’s “Kidnap”; and Sanjay Gupta’s “Alibaug,” on which he’s a co-producer.

Thesp’s rep said he will spend time with his family before deciding whether he will resume shoots.

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