Shatrughan Sinha was born in Patna, Bihar.He moved to Mumbai to become an actor and established himself as a prominent member of the Indian film industry. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India. Shatru was selected by Rediff as one of the most unconventional actors in Hindi Cinema (the others being Ajay Devgan, Amitabh Bachchan, Irfan Khan, Rajnikant, Shahrukh Khan, and Sunil Shetty). He is a natural-born "scene-stealer".
Shatrughan Sinha was one of the top male Bollywood film stars in the 1970s and 1980s. He began his career by playing villainous roles and was immensely successful in portraying stylised villains such as the one in the movie Raampur Ka Lakshman.He then switched over to playing the protagonist/main lead with Subhash Ghai's Kalicharan and was even more successful in solo starrers as well as multi-starrers. His acting at kalicharan was recognised very well. While he was at the peak of his acting career, in the mid-1980s, he decided that he should do something for his country. Inspired by the great politician from Bihar Mr. Jai Prakash Narayan, he decided to enter politics.
He chose to join an opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, which was then a fledgling party with just two Members of Parliament. He faced many obstacles in his political career due to this and his attempts to do social work in Bihar were often obstructed by the ruling party at that time. His attempt to organise entertainment mega events with the help of film personalities from Mumbai to raise money for important social causes dear to him were stopped time and again under one false pretext or the other.
Sinha is considered one of the most successful actor politician of India, having made history by being the first member of the film fraternity to become a cabinet minister with the Government of India. He has held two portfolios, the department of health, and the department of shipping. He is still a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and campaigns for the party all over India and is well known as a leader of the masses and a brilliant orator. As of May 2006, he has been appointed as the head of the BJP Culture and Arts Department.
Sinha has a good sense of humor. He once said "Either you can be happy or you can be married. You can’t be both. So I am married and my wife is happy — that is how we sail together."
1. http://www.rediff.com/movies/2003/mar/12dinesh.htm GANGA TERA DESH ME
1. He talks about superstar Amitabh Bachchan here: http://www.rediff.com/entertai/2000/oct/11shatru.htm
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