Actress-turned-writer Twinkle Khanna has slammed veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah for calling her late father and Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna a "poor actor".
According to media reports, in an interview, Naseeruddin was quoted as saying: "It was the 1970s 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."
Not happy with the 65-year-old star's opinion about her late father, Twinkle took to Twitter on Saturday night to express her disapproval.
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) July 23, 2016
All due regard toMrShah's reality,mine=a man who loved cinema& did films likeAnand,AmarPrem,KatiPatang thank u folks for all the love
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) July 24, 2016
Twinkle also got support from Karan Johar, who tweeted:
I agree with you @mrsfunnybones...due respect to seniority but this was in exceptionally bad taste and not becoming of a fraternity member..
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) July 23, 2016
Meanwhile, Naseeruddin Shah has apologised for his remark, according to this Hindustan Times report. "I’d apologise to those who took personal offence but I wasn’t talking of a particular person. I was talking about a phenomenon," he said.
Rajesh Khanna, who made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat, gave several hits like Anand, Haathi Mere Saathi, Kati Patang, Bawarchi and Aradhana. He was officially bestowed with the title The First Superstar of Indian cinema at Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards in 2005.
(With inputs from IANS)