Everyone is silent in the present environment of the country, Shatrughan Sinha
In the third session of Sahitya Aaj Tak, BJP MP and actor Shatrughan Sinha and former journalist and writer Bharti Pradhan had a chat with Prasun Vajpayee. Bharti Pradhan discussed Shatrughan’s book ‘Anything but Khaamosh’.
Sinha talked about the current political situation. He said, “I gave the first copy of my book to President Ramnath Kovind. Couldn’t give it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as it didn’t come out by the time I Iast met him.”
On his famous ‘Khaamosh’ dialogue, Sinha said, “Now it seems that we all have become silent. There is silence in the current atmosphere of the country.”
Sinha read a poem and spoke his mind on the current human condition through the verse.
CAME TO POLITICS ON THE ADVICE OF ADVANI
Shatrughan talked about his entry into politics and how it happened after he was advised by Lal Krishna Advani. In the mid-term elections on Advani’s orders, he started his political innings by contesting against Rajesh Khanna. He said that after losing the election, he vowed not to go to the BJP office at Ashok Road.
I WAS THE FIRST BOLLYWOOD VILLAIN WHO WAS CHEERED BY THE AUDIENCE
He talked on making his own identity from the villainous role in the movies. He said, “I did something different in the way villains were portrayed in movies. I was the first villain for whom people used to bow down at the screen. This never happened before me. It also came in foreign press that for the first time in India, a villain is getting cheered on.””This applause led me to producers, directors and more movies and soon they started casting me as a hero, instead of villain,” he added
EVEN IN PAKISTAN, CHILDREN TELL ME TO SAY ‘KHAAMOSH’
Sinha went on to talk about how he treated his roles. He said, “I never saw the roll as good or bad nut just did my best. My mantra to the young generation is to prove yourself that you are the best. If not, then prove that you are the most different. Be original and don’t lose hope.”
“When I go to Pakistan, children say to repeat my famous dialogue ‘Khaamosh’.”
Sinha said that ‘Sholay’ and ‘Deewar’ were films offered to him and he refused. The movies went on to become big blockbusters and cementing Amitabh Bachchan as the star of the century. He is happy that his friend became a superstar because of these movies. He admitted that it was his mistake to not do these films and keeping that in mind, he never watched the two movies.