Shatrughan Sinha (born Shatrughan Prasad Sinha on December 9, 1945) is an Indian film actor and politician. Apart from being member of Rajya Sabha twice he was also Union Cabinet Minister of Health and Family Welfare (Jan 2003-May 2004) and Shipping (Aug. 2004). He was elected to 15th Lok Sabha in 2009.
Sinha was born in Patna, Bihar. He was educated in Patna Science College. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India Pune. Currently there's a scholorship being awarded on his name in the institute to Diploma students. He moved to Mumbai where he started his career in the film industry.
Shatrughan Sinha's first acting opportunity was playing a Pakistani military officer in Dev Anand's Prem Pujari. Subsequently, he got a small role as a police inspector in Mohan Sehgal’s Sajan in 1969. The release of Prem Pujari was delayed, so his first released film was Sajan. He played supporting roles in many films before appearing in Gulzar’s Mere Apne in 1971.He later appeared in Dulal Guha’s Dost in 1974 and in Kalicharan in 1976.Sinha was selected by Rediff as one of the most unconventional actors in Hindi cinema (the others being Ajay Devgan, Amitabh Bachchan, Irfan Khan, Rajnikant, Shahrukh Khan, and Sunil Shetty).
Sinha won the Indian general election from Patna Sahib in Bihar. He defeated another cinema celebrity Shekhar Suman. Out of a total of 552,293 votes polled, Sinha received 316,472 votes.He become a cabinet minister with the Government of India in the 13th Lok Sabha, holding two portfolios, the department of Health and Family Welfare (Jan 2003-May 2004), and the department of shipping (August 2004). He is currently a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. As of May 2006, he was appointed as the head of the BJP Culture and Arts Department.