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Shatrughan Sinha (born Shatrughan Prasad Sinha on 9 December 1945) is an Indian film actor and politician. Apart from being member of Lok Sabha (2009–2014, 2014–present) and Rajya Sabha twice, he was Union Cabinet Minister of Health and Family Welfare (January 2003 – May 2004) and Shipping (August 2004) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He was elected to 15th Lok Sabha in 2009. In 2016, his biography, entitled Anything but Khamosh, was released.
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
|Succeeded by||Ravi Shankar Prasad|
|Constituency||Patna Sahib, Bihar|
|Minister of Health and Family Welfare|
22 July 2002 – 29 January 2003
|Prime Minister||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Union Cabinet Minister, Shipping|
30 January 2003 – 22 May 2004
|Prime Minister||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha|
|Born||9 December 1945|
Patna, Bihar, British India
|Political party||Indian National Congress (since 2019)|
|Bharatiya Janata Party (before 2019)|
Poonam Sinha (m. 1980)
|Children||Sonakshi Sinha |
|Parents||Late Shri B.P. Sinha|
Late Smt. Shyama Sinha
|Alma mater||FTII, Pune|
Sinha was born in Patna, Bihar to Bhubaneswari Prasad Sinha and Shyama Devi Sinha. He is the youngest of four brothers — Ram, Lakshman, Bharat and himself. He was educated in Patna Science College. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India Pune. Currently there's a scholarship being awarded in his name in the institute to Diploma students. He moved to Mumbai, where he started his career in the film industry. He is married to former Miss India Poonam Sinha (née Chandiramani).
Shatrughan Sinha 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 roles in Pyar Hi Pyar, Banphool, Manmohan Desai's Rampur Ka Laxman, 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 and 1975 were not hits. His first successful film as lead hero was in Kalicharan in 1976. Subhash Ghai had went with the 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 Kalicharan 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 and 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, 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 also produced and acted in a film "Kalka", based on life of coal mine workers, it was released in 1983.
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 and Paapi Pet Ka Sawal Hai. His other hit films in the mid-eighties included Jeene Nahi Doonga, Bhawani Junction, Aandhi-Toofan, Ramkali, Ilzaam and Asli Naqli. He then went on 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 and Zalzala. He was in films like Telephone (1985), Sherni (1988), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) and 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 the revival of his career as lead hero in the 1980s, however their friendship got affected when Shatrughan Sinha stood as the BJP candidate against Rajesh Khanna in the 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, Irrfan Khan, Rajesh Khanna, Rajinikanth, Shahrukh Khan and Sunil Shetty). 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.
Sinha is a member of the Indian National Congress Party, having joined them after he was not given a seat for the 2019 Indian general elections by 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; 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.
He won the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar during the 2009 Indian general elections. 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 2014 Indian general elections, 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). As of May 2006, he was appointed as the head of the BJP Culture and Arts Department.
- 1973 - Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards - Best Supporting Actor for 'Tanhai'.
- 2003 - "Pride of the Film Industry" at the Stardust Awards 2003.
- 2003 - Stardust Award for Lifetime Achievement.
- 2007 - National Kishore Kumar Samman.
- 2011 - Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement.
- 2011 - "The ITA Scroll Of Honour" KBC regional at the Indian Television Academy Awards.
- 2014 - Outstanding Contribution to Indian cinema at the IIFA Awards
- Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se (2018)
- Mahabharat (2013) .... Krishna (voice) Animated Film
- Woh Aadmi Bahut Kuchh Jaanta Tha (2013)
- Rakta Charitra 2 (2010)(Hindi, Telugu)
- Rakta Charitra (2010)(Hindi, Telugu)
- Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai (2010)
- Yaar Meri Zindagi (2008) .... Thakur Vikram Singh
- Aan: Men at Work (2004) ..... Sr. Inspector Vikram Singh
- Bharat Bhagya Vidhata (2002) .... Home Minister Mahendra Suryavanshi
- Papa the Great (2000) .... Biharilal
- Shaheed Uddham Singh: Alais Ram Mohammad Singh Azad (2000) .... Mohammed Khan
- Zulm-O-Sitam (1998) .... Advocate Vishwanath
- Deewana Hoon Pagal Nahi (1998)
- Hukumnama (1996)
- Dil Tera Diwana (1996) .... Mr. Kumar
- Taaqat (1995) .... Anand 'Lalbagh Ka Bhau'
- Zamaana Deewana (1995) .... Suraj Pratap Singh
- Patang (1994) .... Rabbani
- Prem Yog (1994) .... Narrator
- Chaand Kaa Tukdaa (1994) .... Zevago
- Betaaj Badshah (1994) .... Parshuram/Prashanth
- Insaaf Apne Lahoo Se (1994) .... Devilal 'Deva'
- Aulad Ke Dushman (1993) .... Rajan K. Chaudhary
- Adharm (1992) .... Avinash Verma
- Ranbhoomi (1991) .... Roopa Singh
- Iraada (1991)
- Kasba (1991) .... Dhani
- Hum Se Na Takrana (1990)
- Karishma Kali Kaa (1990) .... CID Inspector Shiv 'Shiva' Kumar
- Zakhm (1989)
- Shehzaade (1989) .... Suraj Singh
- Gola Barood (1989) .... Shambhu
- Na-Insaafi (1989) .... Vijay SinhaBilloo Badshah (1989)
- Aakhri Baazi (1989) .... Prashant Kumar/P.K.
- Santosh (1989) .... Avinash
- Aandhiyan (1989) .... Dushyant
- Jurrat (1989) .... Inspector Ram Singh
- Kaanoon Ki Awaaz (1989) .... Raghunath Prasad Rai
- Saaya (1989)
- Ganga Tere Desh Mein (1988) .... Police Inspector Ajay Nath
- Mahaveera (film) (1988) .... Vijay Verma
- Sherni (1988) .... Inspector Rajan
- Dharam Shatru (1988)
- Dharamyudh (1988) .... Pratap Singh
- Gunahon Ka Faisla (1988) .... Birju
- Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) .... J.D.
- Mulzim (1988) .... Inspector Neeraj Kumar
- Sagar Sangam (1988) .... Insp. Arjun Sharma
- Shiv Shakti (1988)
- Zalzala (1988) .... 'Benaam' Shankar (Radha's brother)
- Hawalaat (1987) .... Gullu Badshah/Sikander Ali Khan
- Rahi (1987)
- Aag Hi Aag (1987) .... A.C.P Suraj Singh
- Loha (1987)
- Insaniyat Ke Dushman (1987) .... Advocate Kailash Nath
- Antarjali Jatra (1987) .... Baiju
- Hirasat (1987)
- Jawab Hum Denge (1987) .... Vijay Saxena
- Khudgarz (1987) .... Bihari Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Sinha
- Maha Yatra (1987) .... Chaandhal
- Asli Naqli (1986) .... Vijay
- Ilzaam (1986) .... Suraj Prasad
- Qatl (1986) .... Inspector Shatru
- Jwala (1986) .... Jwala Dutt
- Samay Ki Dharaa (1986)
- Telephone (1985)
- Yudh (1985) .... Moinuddin Khan
- Ramkali (1985) .... Inspector Sultan Singh
- Aandhi-Toofan (1985) .... Raghunath 'Raghu' Shastri
- Ameer Aadmi Gharib Aadmi (1985) .... Advocate Ashok Saxena
- Bhawani Junction (1985) .... Ram
- Hoshiyar (1985) .... Rajesh
- Kala Suraj (1985)
- Kali Basti (1985) .... Karan Singh
- Phaansi Ke Baad (1985) .... Public Prosecutor Vijay Kumar Nath
- Maati Maangey Khoon (1984) .... Harinarain "Hariya" Singh
- Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar (1984) .... Kranti Kumar
- Bad Aur Badnaam (1984)
- Dhokebaaz (1984)
- The Gold Medal (1984)
- Jeene Nahi Doonga (1984) .... Shaka
- Meraa Dost Meraa Dushman (1984) .... Shakti Singh
- Paapi Pet Ka Sawaal Hai (1984)
- Qaidi (1984) .... ASP Dinesh Jugran
- Sharara (1984)
- Qayamat (1983)
- Ganga Meri Maa (1983)
- Chor Police (1983) .... Inspector Sunil Rana
- Daulat Ke Dushman (1983)
- Kalka (1983)
- Taqdeer (1983) .... Shiva
- Teesri Aankh (1982) .... Sagar
- Haathkadi (1982) .... Inspector Sunil/Bholanath Banarsi
- Dil-E-Nadaan (1982) .... Vikram
- Do Ustad (1982)
- Log Kya Kahenge (1982)
- Mangal Pandey (1982)
- Naseeb (1981) .... Vicky (Vikram)
- Chehre Pe Chehra (1981) .... Dr. Sinha
- Naram Garam (1981) .... 'Babua' Kalishankar Bajpai
- Kranti (1981) .... Kareem Khan
- Putt Jattan De (1981) .... Jagat Singh
- Waqt Ki Deewar (1981)
- Jwalamukhi (1980) .... Rajesh
- Shaan (1980) .... Rakesh
- Dostana (1980) .... Ravi Kapoor
- Chambal Ki Kasam (1980)
- Choron Ki Baaraat (1980) .... Shekhar
- Be-Reham (1980)
- Bombay 405 Miles (1980) .... Kishan
- Do Shatru (1980)
- Nauker (1979)
- Kaala Patthar (1979) .... Mangal Singh
- Gautam Govinda (1979) .... Govinda
- Atmaram (1979)
- Bagula Bhagat (1979)
- Heera-Moti (1979) .... Vijay/Heeralal P. Srivastav/Heera
- Jaani Dushman (1979) .... Shera
- Magroor (1979) .... Ranjit Sinha/Raju
- Muqabla (1979) .... Sheru
- Vishwanath (1978) .... Vishwanath
- Amar Shakti (1978) .... Bada Kumar/Shakti Singh
- Atithee (1978) .... Navendhu M. Kumar
- Bhookh (1978)
- Chor Ho To Aisa (1978) .... Sanju P. Nath/Shankar
- Dillagi (1978) .... Advocate Shekhar
- Parmatma (1978) .... Anand
- Thief of Baghdad (1977)
- Kotwal Saab (1977) .... Bharat Pratap Sinha
- Aadmi Sadak Ka (1977) .... Abdul
- Ab Kya Hoga (1977) .... Ram Sinha
- Naami Chor (1977)
- Safed Haathi (1977) .... Emperor
- Sat Sri Akal (1977)
- Shirdi Ke Sai Baba (1977) .... Heera
- Yaaron Ka Yaar (1977) .... Pratap/Shera
- Chingari (1977)
- Khaan Dost (1976) .... Rehmat Khaan
- Kalicharan (1976) .... Prabhakar/Kalicharan
- Sangram (1976)
- Santo Banto (1976)
- Anokha (1975) .... Ram/Anokha/Shambu Khanna
- Do Thug (1975)
- Jaggu (1975) .... Jagtap aka 'Jaggu'
- Kahte Hain Mujhko Raja (1975)
- Dost (1974) .... Gopichand 'Gopi' Sharma
- Badla (1974) .... Kumar/Raju
- Shaitaan (1974)
- Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973) .... Dr. Amar
- Jheel Ke Us Paar (1973) .... Dr. J.P. Tandon
- Blackmail (1973) .... Jeevan
- Chhalia (1973)
- Ek Nari Do Roop (1973)
- Gaai Aur Gori (1973)
- Ghulam Begam Badshah (1973) .... Thakur Pratap
- Heera (1973) .... Balwant
- Kashmakash (1973)
- Pyaar Ka Rishta (1973)
- Sabak (1973)
- Samjhauta (1973)
- Shareef Budmaash (1973) .... Kanhaiyalal/Rocky (Guest appearance)
- Milap (1972) .... 5 different Characters
- Raampur Ka Lakshman (1972) .... Ram K. Bhargav/Kumar
- Bombay to Goa (1972) .... Sharma
- Babul Ki Galiyaan (1972)
- Bhai Ho To Aisa (1972) .... Ram
- Buniyaad (1972)
- Do Yaar (1972)
- Jaban (film) (1972) .... (Guest Appearance)
- Raaste Kaa Patthar (1972) .... Arun Thakur
- Rivaaj (1972)
- Shaadi Ke Baad (1972) .... Choudhury Bishan Swaroop Singh
- Shararat (1972) .... Jagdish/Vinod Kumar
- Banphool (1971) .... Ajay
- Do Raha (1971)
- Dost Aur Dushman (1971)
- Ek Nari Ek Brahmachari (1971) .... Rajkumar S. Chaudhary
- Gambler (1971) .... Banke Bihari
- Khoj (1971)
- Mere Apne (1971) .... Chaino
- Paras (1971) .... Thakur Arjun Singh
- Parwana (1971) .... Public Prosecutor (Guest Appearance)
- Prem Pujari (1970) .... Pakistani Army Officer
- Chetna (1970) .... Ramesh
- Ek Nanhi Munni Ladki Thi (1970)
- Holi Ayee Re (1970)
- Khilona (1970) .... Bihari
- Raaton Ka Raja (1970)
- Nayeem Builder (1970)
- Jalaal Mahmood Sayeed (1970)
- Sajan (1969) .... Havaldar
- Pyar Hi Pyar (1969) .... (uncredited villain role)
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