The unstoppable rhetorician Shatrughan Sinha addressed the UN General Assembly for third time on Tuesday.
It is a singular honour. No other member of the Indian film industry has addressed the UN thrice over.
“I suppose somewhere my words do have a certain resonance,” says Shatruji trying to sound modest. “Normally we in the Indian film fraternity are considered quite ill-informed on matters others than entertainment. But that isn’t the reality. Personalities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Kamal Haasan are not just interested in cinema. They take a keen interest in world affairs, and are also terrific orators.”
Shatrughan Sinha feels the Big B, Amitabh Bachchan should be made the President of India. “He has all the qualifications. He’s articulate, well-read, suave and known all over the world.”
Shatrughan Sinha says his differences with the Big B are a thing of the past. “We go back a long way. There were creative conflicts when we shot together for Kala Patthar and Dostana. And whatever differences happened has been washed away with time. I remember while shooting for Bombay To Go where Amitabh was the hero for the first time and I the villain, he accidentally hit my nose and it started bleeding. Amitabh got so disturbed at the sight of blood that believe me, I forgot my pain and started consoling and reassuring him. He’s a fine human being.”
Shatrughan Sinha is also currently shooting for his comeback film Woh Aadmi Bahot Kuch Jaanta Hai where he has a lot of powerful dialogues to deliver.
Says the actor, “I was always known for my dialogue delivery. And now when people tell me my daughter Sonakshi speaks her lines well I feel very happy and proud.”
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