“They used to call me the Shatrughan Sinha of the South” — Rajinikanth, superstar, Tamil Nadu
“I became an actor because of Shatrughan Sinha” — Chiranjeevi, superstar & Congress-I leader, Andhra Pradesh
“Ours is an Eklavya-Dronacharya story. He is my guru” — Ambareesh, superstar & Minister for Housing, Karnataka
“A person who joined the Jan Sangh or the BJP when it was in the Opposition, had to be gutsy. Shatrughan is” — LK Advani, Senior Leader, BJP
“I would give him sanyam ki salaah (advice on patience)” — Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs
“I find there’s no chaploosi (sycophancy) in him. Our doors are open 24/7 to him” — Lalu Prasad Yadav, Leader, RJD
“If the Bihari Babu is hurt, the whole of Bihar is hurt” — Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar
“If we had Shatrusaab on our side, we wouldn’t need anybody else on our team” — Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister, Pakistan
In the face of stiff opposition from disciplinarian father Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Sinha, mother Shyama Devi’s chhutka bauwa (little darling) set out for the Film Institute of India (now FTII) in Poona. Bombay was the next logical destination. Without Kapoorian good looks or any connection with the Hindi film industry, the unknown scarface from Patna went on to create history on celluloid.
In politics too, with no known surname or family to power his entry, he set a record as the first film star from India to be sworn-in as a Cabinet Minister.
Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan SinhaBiography, is a rivetingly honest read that retraces the hurrahs and heartaches of India’s most popular BihariBabu.