Shatrughan Sinha and Reena Roy’s affair has provided fodder to gossip mills for several decades now. And even in 2016, many years after the incident, it still refuses to die down.
Known for his candid remarks, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha has not shied away from talking about his extramarital affair too in his biography.
“The book has the summary of my life, from how I left home to study films at Pune, my struggle in the film industry, and then the girls who came into my life – the gharwali (wife) came and then baharwali (the other woman),” Sinha told PTI in an interview.
Sinha’s book Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography by Bharathi S Pradhan captures the 70-year-old’s life in an honest and unflattering manner.
One of the chapters in the book has Shotgun talking about his off-screen intimacy with co-actor Reena Roy and how the relationship continued for a while even after his marriage with Poonam.
When asked to comment on the need to be candid enough in the book, the BJP MP said that had he not been honest in the book, it would not have made such an interesting and gripping tale.
“I have done that without hurting anybody’s dignity. There is no vulgarity or voyeurism in the book. I haven’t mentioned about many girls in my life. They are settled, they have children. It’s not the right thing to identify them,” Sinha said.
The book, released this month, also has comments from his detractors.
Sinha said, “Grey areas must be covered. If you don’t do that, then it becomes sycophancy. If I would have wanted, I could have edited comments by people who spoke against me, but I didn’t. It’s a democracy, so let them say whatever they have to say.”
Biographer Pradhan took seven years and a series of interviews with the actor-turned-MP and the people who have known him to write the book.
“I would say it’s a very courageous biography because he has not only been honest about himself but allowed others to scrutinise his life,” Pradhan says.
Sinha described the book as having bits of everything – his struggle, passion, achievement, humour, romance, comedy, tragedy. “It is a lesson on how to become a self-made man,” said the veteran actor.
He also said, “I think there will be a sequel. (It will have) Whatever happened after 2014 in my social and political life.”
A few years ago, social media went into a tizzy over how similar Sonakshi Sinha, Shatrughan’s actor-daughter and Reena Roy looked.
Back then, Sonakshi had been quoted as saying, “I think it (Shatrugan Sinha and Reena Roy’s affair) happened when I was not even born. I found out when I was growing up and started understanding things. But I’m not going to crucify my father for something he did years back. It is his past. And everybody has a past. So I don’t think too much about it. Nor do I pay attention to it. Like I said, it just makes really good headlines and juicy gossip to some people. But for me, this is my family. I feel I look like my mom (Poonam Sinha).”