Industry honours their beloved shotgun shatrughan
Former Union Minister for Shipping and Bollywood superstar Shatrughan Sinha walks in amidst an enthralled audience to receive the lifetime achievement award
The hearts of who’s who gathered at the Gateway Awards night missed a beat when the Bollywood superstar of the 70’s and the former Union Minister of Shipping, Shatrughan Sinha stepped on the stage.
The entire audience was awestruck, or say the proverbial “KHAMOSH” holding up their smart phones to take a quick snap of the celebrity.
A great orator, Shatrughan Sinha nurtured a unique style of his own during his run in the movies with powerpacked performances and even on the political side his contribution during the stint as the Union Minister of Shipping from January 2003 to May 2004 was no less. Sinha had presented the blueprint of the `1,00,000 crore Sagar Mala project to the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the proposal for forming Sagar Mala Development Authority was also floated during his term.
“Now that I am felicitated and honoured for my contributions to the maritime sector, I can now firmly believe that the “ACHHE DIN” are not far away,”
remarked a humbled Sinha in his strong and dominating voice.
Earlier, Sinha had served in the Ministry of Health as well, “I have also served as the Health Minister and health has been a very favourite subject of mine till date. I have been going around the country and abroad as well for cancer awareness programmes and anti-tobacco campaigns, but shipping till date remains my most favourite department,” revealed the former Minister of Shipping.
Sharing pearls of wisdom from his long and glamorous career, Sinha said, “I do not know whether I have been able to prove myself better than the best or not, but surely you all know that I have been different from the rest and that is the reason ‘KHAMOSH,’ which is otherwise a very rude and crude word has become a signature tune today. The reason this rude word is today used even in an amusing manner is because of the way I have presented it and this is the most important thing – the way you present things.”
(L to R) Ramprasad, Editor in Chief & Publisher, Maritime Gateway; Michael P Pinto, Former Secretary, Ministry of Shipping; Shri Shatrughan Prasad Sinha, Former Union Cabinet Minister For Shipping, Govt of India; Anil Singh, Sr VP & MD, ISC, DP World