Despite fights our 'dostana' is strong: Shatrughan Sinha on Amitabh Bachchan
Shatrughan Sinha launched his biography ‘Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography’ amidst his family and close friends from the industry. Written by Bharathi Pradhan, the book captures Sinha's life in an honest and unflattering manner. (Photo: Viral Bhayani)
The event was attended by Shatrughan's wife Poonam, daughter Sonakshi and son Luv. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha was also present along with filmmaker Subhash Ghai and Ramesh Sippy.
Shatrughan, who has worked with Amitabh in films like ‘Bombay to Goa’, ‘Parwana’ and ‘Dostana’, has written about his bitter-sweet but strong friendship with his co-star in the book.
"The experiences I've written are of our past.... if I wouldn't have mentioned, it wouldn't have been an honest biography. But that doesn't mean that I have anything against him. It was our youth, we were mesmerised by stardom...We're friends so we have the right to fight and differ too. It is democracy," Sinha told reporters at the launch of the book.
"We have been friends for so long... These things happen. But it doesn't mean we carry forward the fight. I just wanted to tell people that in an honest biography, apart from black and white there is grey too," the BJP MP added.
In 2007, Sinha had returned the boxes of sweet that had come from Big B's house after the wedding of Abhishek and Aishwarya, stating, if he wasn't invited then why send sweets. Bachchan had reportedly responded by saying those who were not invited were not friends to begin with.
The 70-year-old actor-politician said he holds Big B in high esteem and considers the ‘Paa’ star personality of the millennium. "If today you ask me, I'll tell you that I hold him in high esteem. In true sense I believe he is the personality of the millennium. He is a great actor, greater star and further greater human being."
Bachchan who was present at the event, said as Sinha is younger to him, he has the right to say what he wants. "Shatrughan is younger to me, and I believe those who are younger have the right to say whatever they want to about the elders. If this relationship of friendship wouldn't have been there then there would've been no give and take which is very necessary between friends...Getting upset, giving abuses, all these keep going on," the 73-year-old legend said.
Pradhan said, "With 'Anything But Khamosh', Om Books International, Shatrughan Sinha and I have truly raised the bar for a page-turning honest read. The book launch was befitting of the most honest biography of India. Celebrity-studded, exciting, engrossing, dramatic and forthright." (Seen here: Luv Sinha addresses the gathering.)
One of its chapters apparently has `Shotgun' talking about his off-screen intimacy with co-actor Reena Roy and how the relationship continued for sometime even after his marriage with Poonam.
Asked about this, Sinha said, "About love affairs the things which you see and feel, all those things as I've said, are our experiences of life...Taking into consideration women's dignity, my upbringing and family values, feelings of my wife, daughter and sons, it is my responsibility to not say anything about anyone which will hurt the person..."
The 338-page book retraces the hurrahs and heartaches of India's most popular 'Bihari Babu' and is based on seven years of research, 37 interviews and over 200 hours of taped conversations.
Amitabh shared several pictures from the launch and wrote, "Wrapped in the special manufacturing of a Kutch shawl from Gujarat, the book release of Shatrughan Sinha’s biography as Chief Guest, the banter of friends from as back as 1969, the warmth of family and a concealed painful shoulder and neck, and another day by the chair has ended."