Rishi Kapoor renaming row: Actor thanks supporters, Radhika Apte comments on tweets


May 19, 2016 13:15:32 IST

Actress Radhika Apte said that she hadn’t read actor Rishi Kapoor’s controversial tweet, but said that there were way more people contributing to society than the entertainment industry.

Actor Rishi Kapoor made headlines on Wednesday when in a series of tweets, he questioned popular places being named after icons of the Congress Party like Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. He wants them changed and prefers people who have contributed to the society, including from the entertainment industry.

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Rishi Kapoor and Radhika Apte. Image from News 18.

He proposed Bandra/Worli Sea Link be named after legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, Film City after legendary actors like Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar or Amitabh Bachchan. He also suggested venues being named after legendary singers Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar and even taking his own name along with Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh and Babasaheb Ambedkar for Indira Gandhi Airport International.

About Kapoor’s tweets, Radhika said at the launch of the song, Roke Na Ruke from Phobia, “I’ve really not thought about it. I genuinely haven’t read the tweet. I’ll think about it and tell you the next time I see you. I genuinely haven’t read the tweets.”

About the entertainment industry contributing to society, like Kapoor suggests, Radhika said, “I think there are way more people who contribute to the society, in many ways, we don’t even know them. I don’t think much about this.”

Kapoor has already gotten trolled on Twitter but he thanked his supporters for their solidarity on his tweets.

While Congress spokesperson P.C. Chacko, without naming the veteran actor, told the media that the comments targetting the Gandhis were "merely an attempt by some people to get into the good books of those in power", there were others like veteran actor Anupam Kher and Indian Films and Television Directors' Association (IFTDA) president Ashoke Pandit who supported Rishi's tweets.

Expressing gratitude for the support, Rishi tweeted:

In one post, he had questioned why Delhi's airport was named Indira Gandhi International Airport. "Why not Mahatma Gandhi or Bhagat Singh, Ambedkar or on my name Rishi Kapoor. As superficial! What say."

The actor is impressed by the "unprecedented" reactions to his views.

Following Rishi's comments, the Congress party on Wednesday took a swipe at him by asking if the veteran actor has "any role to play in India's public life".

Updated Date: May 19, 2016 13:15 PM