Title: Anything But Khamosh
Author: Bharathi S Pradhan
Publisher: Om Books International
How long it took me to read: A day
About: In a family of academics and doctors, and four sons named after the four brothers of the epic, Ramayan, the youngest and most pampered, Shatrughan Sinha (SS) stood out defiantly different. Studies were anathema to him; he was born to entertain and earn applause. In fact, he was born for the limelight. In the face of stiff opposition from a disciplinarian father, Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Sinha, and with the indulgence of older brother Lakhan who initiated SS to the fantasy world of Hindi cinema, mother Shyama Devi’s chhutka bauwa (little one) set out for the erstwhile Film Institute of India in Poona. Bombay would be the next logical destination. Without Kapoorian good looks or any connection with the Hindi film industry, the unknown scarface from Patna went on to create history on celluloid. In politics too, with no known surname or family to power his entry, he set a record as the first film star from India to be sworn-in as a Cabinet Minister twice over. Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography, is a fascinating read that retraces the controversial journey of India’s most popular Bihari Babu.
My Thoughts: Anything But Khamosh – The Shatrughan Sinha Biography is an interesting book for all the Bollywood Fans who have grown up reading Filmfare and the likes of it. A career as an actor and a journey as a politician has been very well covered. Also, loved the aspect of personal life that was shared in the book. It was interesting to read about his family and the way kids were raised up. Overall, it is a book only if you are a die hard SS fan, anyone else reading it might not enjoy it much.
A lot of controversy around Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha has been highlighted through and through, yet these two wise men have put it to rest with a fun conversation at the book launch.
I did feel there were places where a mention of other bollywood families was done to compare and put a spot up for SS himself- which wasn’t required. However, it does give a lot of Shatrughan fans ample of interesting points in a war of The Best Celebrity league amongst friends and family.
My Favourite parts in the book: It has to be the photo archives. Amongst the many incidences that were interesting to read, a personal touch was seamlessly added with the photographs amongst which their wedding photographs series is my favorite..