Mimicry is a dangerous art, especially in a politically sensitive country like ours. One needs to be very careful of whom one impersonates and in what context. This, poor Balbir Singh who is know as Shatrughan Sinha’s mimic all his life, discovered when in 2009 in order to show alleged security breaches in the Parliament, Balbir entered the Indian Parliament in New Delhi unchecked, posing as Shatrughan Sinha.
Ever since, Balibir’s life has been an endless whirligig of court cases and criminal charges. Now 80-plus Balbir who has allegedly suffered two heart attacks, asks for forgiveness for a crime that he did not commit alone. Speaking on showing his impersonator some compassion and leniency Shatrughn Sinha says, “The man has suffered enough. He was the bakra in this so-called sting operation. The people who masterminded the whole thing, the tv channel, got away with it and left this poor undefended man to face the music. What did he get out of it? Not even any money, I am told. Forgive him, let’s move on. Much worse crimes are being committed against human kind. Let’s focus on those.”
Shatruji also reveals startling never-known truths about the case. “This Balbir never entered parliament as Shatrughan Sinha,” reveals Shatrughan. “He has imitated me all his life. But nobody can be fooled into believing he is me. Balbir is much shorter than me and far more podgy .At close range he looks nothing like me.In fact he tried to break into my office as Shatrughan Sinha and was immediately caught out. He had to flee from the premises. No, he didn’t enter parliament as Shatrughan Sinha, He was mistaken for just any parliamentarian.”
Speaking on the cult of mimicry Shatrughan Sinha says he has no problem with it. “I am sporting enough to take it on the chin. All the greats Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle , Amitabh Bachchan have mimics impersonating them. It is fine , as long as the mimicry does nor cross the limits of decency. This happened with me when Kapil Sharma made fun of me on his show. My daughter Sonakshi even reprimanded him. The mimic should not forget that he is paying a homage to a man or a woman he or she admires. Limits of decency should not be crossed.Also the mimicry should be restricted to the stage, and not taken out on the streets and certainly not into the Parliament.”