Twinkle’s angry, Naseer apologises
Actor Twinkle Khanna is miffed at veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah for calling her late father, Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna, a “poor actor”.
She took to Twitter to slam the 65-year-old: “Sir if you can’t respect the living, respect the dead — mediocrity is attacking a man who can’t respond Naseeruddin Shah.” Filmmaker Karan Johar, too, supported Twinkle. “I agree with you @ mrsfunnybones... due respect to seniority but this was in exceptionally bad taste and not becoming of a fraternity member,” KJo tweeted.
Talking to HT, Naseeruddin had said in a recent interview: “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, a poor actor. Intellectually, he wasn’t the most alert person I’ve met. His taste ruled the industry.”
On contacting Naseeruddin for his reaction to Twinkle’s disapproval, he apologised. “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.