- Hardcover: 338 pages
- Publisher: Om Books International; Latest edition (21 December 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9789385609596
- ISBN-13: 978-9385609596
- ASIN: 9385609599
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography Hardcover – 21 Dec 2015
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“Do not attempt to change him. Of the 1.25 crore people of India, he stands out as unique” – Amitabh Bachchan, superstar, Hindi cinema
“They used to call me the Shatrughan Sinha of the South” – Rajinikanth, superstar, Tamil Nadu
“I became an actor because of Shatrughan Sinha” – Chiranjeevi, superstar & Congress-I leader, Andhra Pradesh
“Ours is an Eklavya-Dronacharya story. He is my guru” – Ambareesh, superstar & Minister for Housing, Karnataka
“A person who joined the Jan Sangh or the BJP when it was in the Opposition, had to be gutsy. Shatrughan is” – LK Advani, Senior Leader, BJP
“I would give him sanyam ki salaah (advice on patience)” – Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs
“I find there’s no chaploosi (sycophancy) in him. Our doors are open 24/7 to him” – Lalu Prasad Yadav, Leader, RJD
“If the Bihari Babu is hurt, the whole of Bihar is hurt” – Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar
“If we had Shatrusaab on our side, we wouldn’t need anybody else on our team” – Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister, Pakistan
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I was hesitant about purchasing the book after reading the negative/hate comments, but realised soon they were more of a personal (reviewers) statement than a reference to the book.
The author has done a thorough job with the interviews with SS, cross-referencing when other characters were involved. There is no sleaziness but an honest telling of the story as narrated. The chapters are well-designated, with early life, family, and career both film and politics, appropriately covered. She has skilfully captured his voice and style throughout. His falling out with his brothers (also cross-referenced), his emotional upheaval at the time of his marriage, his work fraternity, and his children are there with scratches et al. You genuinely feel his child-like hurt at being misunderstood. His mention of Reena Roy as a matter-of-fact incidence in his life surely deserves praise. There are many actors who would omit mentioning the names and duplicitously proclaim it as courtesy. This after the whole world has read about their affair.
Being a fan of Amitabh Bachchan’s, it was interesting to find out about his biting the hand that fed him in his early phase. Not so much mentioned by SS himself but also corroborated by others, e.g. people of Salim Khan’s stature and a few more. This was in reference to SS being removed from films and the distasteful episode during the shooting of Kaala Pathhar. AB would deem it being diplomatic but it smacks more of hypocrisy and pettiness on AB's part.
A reliably good read for anyone interested in autobiographies and biographies.