In a Facebook post dated 17 September, Justice Katju said, "Amitabh Bachchan is a man with nothing in his head, and since most media persons praise him, I doubt there is anything in their heads too."
Needless to say, after getting trolled for his view, he tried to further his point.
However, Amitabh Bachchan had a relatively quietened response to this. Bachchan said on Monday that he has no rivalry with former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju.
"He (Katju) is right I don't have anything inside my mind. He is right...My head is 'khalas' (finished)," Bachchan said when asked about the comment. The former Supreme Court Judge is known for his hard-hitting and often controversial views on a rash of issues.
At a time when the veteran actor is receiving praise for his performance in Pink, a social thriller which revolves around the issue of women's empowerment, Justice Katju had a different take on his on-screen talent.
The 73-year-old said Justice Katju and he went to the same school in Allahabad.
Was there any old rivalry?
"There is no rivalry between us. I will have to fold my hands and stand before him. He is a judge," said Big B, who was in Mumbai to talk about the response to Pink.
When Justice Katju was asked to elucidate his comment on Amitabh, he posted: "Amitabh Bachchan's films, like those of Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, etc are like drugs, they take the people to a world of make believe, and they are therefore very useful to our rulers since they keep people pacified."
"Apart from being a good actor, what is there in Amitabh Bachchan? Has he any scientific ideas for solving the country's massive problems? There are none. From time to time he appears on some media channels giving sermons and homilies, and from time to time he is shown to be doing good deeds, but who can not do this with tons of money."
(With inputs from PTI and IANS)