‘Shatru’ becomes dost
It was not too long ago that the volatile Shatrughan Sinha, the Bihari Babu would deliver “Khamosh” which in a husky, heavy voice — his hallmark–would resonate at any function he attended. The assembled people would request him to say Khamosh in his baritone voice, and he would always oblige.
Now actor-turned-politician Sinha has over the years sobered down otherwise he was known for fiery temper and of being brutally frank.
Some time ago, his biography came out. He had written about the strained relations with Amitabh Bachchan. At one point he says, at any function he would get more cheers than Amitabh, which riled the Big B. But now they have come closer, past is forgotten and forgiven. He said he was never diplomatic. Everybody can’t be Amitabh Bachchan. “ I call a spade a spade. That is my USP.”
About his differences with Big B, he said, “We are old friends. Everybody drifts. Jawani ke josh mein and stardom ka takazaa hota hai. Today I have only love and admiration for him.”
This is what he told me also when we met him in London. And what admiration he has for him. He goes lyrical. “He is the only man in the entire country who I think is damdaar, shandaar and bejodh. I don’t think anyone could praise him anymore. If I were Bachchan I would have these words framed.