For nearly two decades, Shatrughan Sinha and Rekha – two legends in their own right - looked through each other. Not an easy thing to do when you move around in the same social circle. In fact SS’s wife Poonam continued to be a close friend of Rekha even as Shatruji went on verbal rampage against Rekha. What started off as professional difference on the sets of Rakesh Roshan’s Khoon Bhari Maang grew into a non-stop barb binge for ‘Shotgun’ who took every opportunity to take potshots at Rekha.
True to her nature, Rekha held her peace even as the other party in the cold war went on a war path. The cold war and the barbs, which SS admits he enjoyed, not out of malice but the sheer fun making juicy copy, finally ended when Mrs Sinha could take the hostility between her husband and her pal any more. Says Shatrughan Sinha , “The credit for ending my silly cold war — yes I’m calling it silly — goes to my one and only wife. She saw the futility of it , and made me put an end to it.”
So how did it all start? Shatruji shrugs, “I can’t even remember where it goes back to. We had some kind of a difference of opinion during the shooting of my very dear friend Rakesh Roshan’s Khoon Bhari Maang. Before we knew it, it snowballed into something uncontrollable. I blame myself for taking digs at the one and only Rekha, when it would have been so much simpler to just talk it out with her.”
Shatrughan Sinha gives Rekha full credit for never retaliating, never allowing herself to be provoked. “Today we are comfortable in each other company. I can’t say we are friends. But are cordial to one another,” says the shotgun star.