Veteran Bollywood actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha turned 72 on Sunday. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished him on the occasion. "Wishing @ShatruganSinha Ji a very happy birthday," Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page. Born on this day in 1946 at Patna in Bihar, Sinha also known as Shotgun, moved to Mumbai to become an actor and established himself as a prominent member of the Indian film industry.
Some of his notable films as lead hero were Ab Kya Hoga, Khan Dost, Yaaraon Ka Yaar, Dillagi, Vishwanath, Muqabla, 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 later appeared in villainous role in Pyar Hi Pyar, Banphool, Manmohan Desai's Rampur Ka Laxman and 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.
His other hit films in the mid-eighties included Jeene Nahi Doonga, Bhawani Junction, Aandhi-Toofan, Ramkali, Ilzaam, Asli Naqli. He then went 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, Zalzala. His films like Telephone (1985), Sherni (1988), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), Adharm (1992). Sinha 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 revival of his career as lead hero in the 1980's.
However their friendship got affected when Shatrughan Sinha stood as the BJP candidate against Rajesh Khanna in 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.
He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India was selected by Rediff as one of the most unconventional male Bollywood actors in the 1970s and 1980s.
Sinha started out playing villainous roles ? and was immensely successful in portraying stylised villains.
He then switched over to playing roles as the protagonist/main lead and was even more successful in solo starrers as well as multi-starrers. In the mid-1980s he felt that he should do something more for his country.
Inspired by the great politician from Bihar Jay Prakash Narayan, he decided to enter politics. He was the first and only actor who entered politics by joining the opposition party. Sinha is the most successful actor politician in India, having made history by being the first member of the film fraternity to become a cabinet minister.
He has held two portfolios, the department of health, and the department of shipping. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and campaigns for the party all over India and is well known as a leader of the masses and a brilliant orator. (UNI)