Actor Sonakshi Sinha says she is too scared to read her father Shatrughan Sinha’s biography till the end. “Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography” by Bharathi S Pradhan was launched in Mumbai on Friday. “I am too scared to read the book. There are certain things in a parent’s life that the child just should not know,” Sonakshi told reporters.
One of the chapters in the book reportedly has the Shotgun talking about his off-screen intimacy with co-actor Reena Roy and how the relationship continued for sometime even after his marriage with Poonam. Sonakshi said she has read the book till the point Sinha is about to become an actor, but doesn’t wish to read on. “I have read a few chapters in the start of the book that talk about his younger days, his childhood and certain things you skip out in a conversation which we didn’t know. Now I am holding back from reading any further... I’ve reached the struggling days and the college and him becoming an actor. That’s it. I am okay till there,” Sonakshi added.
Biographer Pradhan took seven years and a series of interviews with the actor-turned-MP and the people who have known him to write the book. Sinha’s wife, Poonam, said she had to read the book to understand her actor-husband more. “It was necessary to read the book because after reading it I felt I don’t know this man... I wish I had known a lot of this....`The Man I Didn’t Know’ would be a sequel to Anything But Khaamosh,” she said.
Sinha, who has worked with Amitabh Bachchan in films like Bombay to Goa, Parwana and Dostana, has written about his bitter-sweet but strong friendship with his co-star in his book. “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.
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’ll 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.
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