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Meet Bollywood superstar who comes from family of doctors... couldn’t become compounder

Shatrughan Sinha who comes from a family of doctors says he could not even become a compounder but did pretty well in what he was most interested in, acting.

pune Updated: Jun 06, 2017 17:41 IST
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Shatrughan Sinha, Roshan Taneja and Smita Taneja during the felicitation of Roshan Taneja at FTII, Pune.
Shatrughan Sinha, Roshan Taneja and Smita Taneja during the felicitation of Roshan Taneja at FTII, Pune.(Pratham Gokhale )

“I urge parents not to force their children to study or take up anything they are not interested in,” said Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha, at Guruvandana, an event organised by Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune on Saturday evening to felicitate veteran acting guru Roshan Taneja . “I come from a family of doctors and couldn’t even be a compounder. However, I did pretty well in what I was interested in, acting,” he added.

Studio number 5 at FTII was filled with laughter, reminiscing eyes and nostalgic smiles on Saturday evening at Guruvandana, an event organised by the institute to honour and felicitate veteran acting guru. Veteran actors Shatrughan Sinha, Raza Murad, Kanwaljit Singh, Rakesh Bedi, Zarina Wahab, Mukesh Khanna among others sat close to their acting guru Roshan Taneja as he recalled his days at the institute between 1963 and 1975. 

The memories came flashing back as the actors spoke of Taneja’s teachings, values and his giving nature. The event was organised by the institute with help from actor Tom Alter and the team at Taneja’s acting institute. FTII director Bhupendra Kainthola said, “Starting this year, we will organise an honorary function for faculties in every department. This way students can express their gratitude to teachers.”

Kainthola said Taneja’s felicitation is a start to a soon to be followed tradition of Guruvandana in the several departments on the campus.

Those present at the event also paid their respects to late actor Om Puri. Clippings from his films were played and his wife Nandita and son Ishaan spoke of introducing a Om Puri grant/fellowship for economically weak students aspiring to be directors or actors.

Roshan Taneja’s autobiography ‘Moments of Truth’ was unveiled at Guruvandana, an event to honour acting gurus, organised by FTII, Pune