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Shatrughan Sinha
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Member of the Indian Parliament
for Patna Sahib
Assumed office
Majority2,65,805 (30.11%)
Minister of Health and Family Welfare
In office
22 July 2002 – 29 January 2003
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Union Cabinet Minister, Shipping
In office
30 January 2003 – 22 May 2004
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Personal details
Born (1945-12-09) 9 December 1945 (age 72)
Patna, Bihar, British India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Poonam Sinha (m. 1980)
ChildrenSonakshi Sinha
Luv Sinha
Kush Sinha
ParentsLate Shri B.P. Sinha [1]
Alma materFTII, Pune
OccupationActor, Politician

Shatrughan Sinha (born Shatrughan Prasad Sinha on 9 December 1945)[3] is an Indian film actor turned politician. Apart from being member of Lok Sabha (2009-2014, 2014-2019) and Rajya Sabha twice he was also Union Cabinet Minister of Health and Family Welfare (Jan 2003-May 2004) and Shipping (Aug. 2004) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He was elected to 15th Lok Sabha in 2009.[4] In 2016, his biography, entitled Anything but Khamosh, was released.

Early life

Sinha was born in Patna, Bihar to Bhubaneswari Prasad Sinha & Shyama Devi Sinha.[5] He is the youngest of four brothers — Ram, Lakshman, Bharat and himself. He was educated in Patna Science College.[4] He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India Pune.[6] Currently there's a scholarship being awarded in his name in the institute to Diploma students.[7] He moved to Mumbai where he started his career in the film industry.[4] He is married to former Miss India Poonam Sinha (née Chandiramani).

Acting career

Shatrughan Sinha's got his first acting opportunity to play a Pakistani military officer in Dev Anand's Prem Pujari. Subsequently, he got a small role as a police inspector in Mohan Sehgal’s Sajan in 1969. The release of Prem Pujari was delayed, so his first released film was Sajan. He later appeared in villainous role in Pyar Hi Pyar, Banphool, Manmohan Desai's Rampur Ka Laxman and Bhai Ho Toh Aisa, Sultan Ahmed's Heera and in Vijay Anand's Blackmail. He played supporting roles in many films before appearing in Gulzar’s Mere Apne in 1971. He was cast along with his future wife Poonam Sinha then called as Komal in the movie "Sabak" (1973). He played supporting roles in Khilona, Dulal Guha’s Dost in 1974, Aa Gale Lag Jaa, Jheel Ke Us Paar and Gambler in 1970. He acted with Amitabh Bachchan in films like Raaste Ka Paththar, Yaar Meri Zindagi, Shaan and Kala Paththar which were flops and later acted in Bombay To Goa, Dostana and Naseeb. His films as the lead hero between 1970 to 1975 were not hits. His first successful film as lead hero was in Kalicharan in 1976. Subhash Ghai had went with story of Kalicharan to NN Sippy and said he wanted to direct his first film. N.N.Sippy got ready to produce after few days, but wanted to cast only Rajesh Khanna in the lead role of Kalicharan. Then only when N.N.Sippy confirmed with Rajesh Khanna that Rajesh did not have dates for the years 1976 and 1977, Sippy asked Subhash Ghai to go ahead with the script and direct Kaalicharan with Shatrughan Sinha in the lead.

Some of his notable films as lead hero were Ab Kya Hoga, Khan Dost, Yaaraon Ka Yaar, Dillagi, Vishwanath, Muqabla, Jaani Dushman. He then became a bankable action hero from early eighties to mid-nineties. He co-starred with Sanjeev Kumar in Bereham, Hathkadi, Bad Aur Badnaam, Chehre Pe Chehra, Hirasat and Qatl. He starred in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Naram Garam, Brij’s Bombay 405 Miles and Taqdeer. He has sung the song Ek Baat Suni Hai Chachaji with singer Sushma Shresta in the film Naram Garam in 1981 composed by R.D.Burman. However when his films as lead hero like Prakash Mehra’s Jawalamukhi, Amjad Khan’s Chor Police and Ameer Aadmi Garib Aadmi and Raj Khosla’s Mera Dost Meraa Dushman became flops despite being appreciated by critics, there was threat to his career as lead hero .

He then bounced back by bagging roles in films with lead hero as Rajesh Khanna in films like Dil E Nadan, Aaj Ka M.L.A Ram Avtaar, Maqsad, Paapi Pet Ka Sawal Hai. His other hit films in the mid-eighties included Jeene Nahi Doonga, Bhawani Junction, Aandhi-Toofan, Ramkali, Ilzaam, Asli Naqli. He then went to star with Jeetendra in Hoshiyar, Khudgarz, Ranbhoomi and Mulzim. He co-starred with Dharmendra in Insaniyat Ke Dushman, Loha (1987), Aag Hi Aag (1987), Hawalaat, Zalzala. His films like Telephone (1985), Sherni (1988), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), Adharm (1992). He starred with Raajkumar in Betaaj Badshah in 1994 and Salman Khan in Chaand Kaa Tukdaa in 1994. Sinha credited Rajesh Khanna for getting Kaalicharan and for revival of his career as lead hero in the 1980’s however their friendship got affected when Shatrughan Sinha stood as the BJP candidate against Rajesh Khanna in 1992 election. Though as a Congress candidate Khanna had defeated Sinha by 25000 margin of votes, Khanna was disappointed at Sinha for standing against him in the elections.

Sinha was selected by Rediff as one of the most unconventional actors in Hindi cinema (the others being Ajay Devgan, Amitabh Bachchan, Irfan Khan, Rajesh Khanna, Rajinikanth, Shahrukh Khan, and Sunil Shetty).[8] In 2008, he became a judge on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge show, season 4 on STAR One TV. On 3 October 2009, Sinha appeared on Sony Entertainment Television Asia's show Dus Ka Dum season 2 as host for a special episode. He is currently hosting the Bhojpuri version of the popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati on Mahuaa channel.

He portrayed Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao in Ram Gopal Varma's Rakta Charitra.

Political career

Sinha is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He entered politics by contesting in a by-election opposite Rajesh Khanna.Sinha quoted in an interview that his biggest regret in his life was contesting election against his friend Khanna. Khanna won the elections by beating Sinha by 25,000 votes[9] but however, he was hurt and never spoke to Sinha thereafter. Sinha did try to rebuild his friendship with Khanna, however that never happened till Khanna's death in 2012.[10]

He won the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar during the Indian general elections, 2009. He defeated another cinema celebrity Shekhar Suman. Out of a total of 552,293 votes polled, Sinha received 316,472 votes. He won the seat in the subsequent Indian general elections, 2014, as well.

He became a cabinet minister in the Third Vajpayee ministry from the 13th Lok Sabha, holding two portfolios, the department of Health and Family Welfare (Jan 2003-May 2004), and the department of shipping (August 2004).[11] As of May 2006, he was appointed as the head of the BJP Culture and Arts Department.






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  2. ^ How Shatru became Shotgun
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  6. ^ "Film and Television Institute of India". Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Film and Television Institute of India". Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  8. ^ "The Most Unconventional Heroes". Rediff. Archived from the original on 5 November 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
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  11. ^ "Detailed Profile - Shri Shatrughan Prasad Sinha - Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) - Who's Who - Government: National Portal of India". 31 August 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
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  14. ^ Competition Science Vision magazine. Pratiyogita Darpan. April 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  15. ^ "Winners of Zee Cine Awards 2011". 14 January 2011. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  16. ^ "Amitabh, Dharmendra honoured at Indian Television Awards". Hindustan Times. 26 September 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2012.

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