Shatrughan on Big B : Despite fights our Dostana is strong

Saturday, Feb 20, 2016,9:50 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Mumbai | They may have had a friendship which saw highs and lows, but veteran Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha says he shares a great rapport with megastar Amitabh Bachchan and has the right to differ with him. Sinha, who has worked with Bachchan in films like Bombay to Goa, Parwana and Dostana, has written about his bitter-sweet but strong friendship with his co-star in Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography.

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 will 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. Written by Bharathi Pradhan, the book captures Sinha’s life in an honest and unflattering manner.

One of its chapters apparently has ‘Shot gun’ 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. Pradhan took 7 years and a series of interviews with Sinha and the people known to him to pen the book.

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