Naseeruddin Shah recently embroiled himself in a controversy when he commented against late veteran actor Rajesh Khanna. Naseer, in an interview blamed Khanna for bringing mediocrity to Hindi cinema.
He had said, “It was the 70s when mediocrity came in Hindi films. That’s when the actor called Rajesh Khanna joined the industry. For all his success, I think Mr Khanna was a very limited actor. In fact, he was a poor actor. Intellectually, he wasn’t the most alert person I have ever met. His taste ruled the industry.”
This comment didn’t go down well with his daughter, Twinkle Khanna. She got on to twitter and posted, “Sir, if you can’t respect the living, respect the dead. Mediocrity is attacking a man who can’t respond.”
Later Shah apologised for his comments and replied, “I apologise to those who were personally offended. My intention was not to attack him but to talk about how a certain phase in history affected the course of Hindi cinema.”
Twinkle last night shared a final reply from her end and tweeted, “I apologise to those who were personally offended. My intention was not to attack him but to talk about how a certain phase in history affected the course of Hindi cinema.”
After Twinkle was vocal about her opinion on the comments, a popular daily got in touch with Dimple Kapadia, to know her stand on this controversy. When asked Dimple, she said, “I just want to say that while I understand that everyone has the right to their own opinion, the man’s career and legacy speaks for him. I don’t need to over-emphasise his accomplishments or what he has done for Hindi cinema. You know them, I know them, millions of his fans know them as well.”