Now, Om Puri pulls up Naseer for his words

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sub­hash K Jha

So, Naseerud­din Shah called late Ra­jesh Khanna a “poor ac­tor”. Khanna’s daugh­ter Twin­kle Khanna slammed him, and Naseer apol­o­gised. But his col­league, ac­tor Om Puri is in no mood to let Naseer get away with his words so eas­ily.

“I won­der why Naseer called Ra­jesh Khanna a poor ac­tor! How was he poor and in re­la­tion to whom? A lot of peo­ple would com­pare Naseer and me un­favourably with in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned ac­tors like Mar­lon Brando, Richard Bur­ton and Robert De Niro. It’s like com­par­ing the Taj Ma­hal with the Eif­fel Tower... I don’t think Naseer or I can ever dream of achiev­ing the kind of suc­cess Ra­jesh Khanna did,” says Puri, who also rep­ri­mands Naseer for not re­spect­ing the dead.

“There is no need to as­sess the work of a fel­low-ac­tor spe­cially one who is no more. Why doesn’t Naseer com­ment on the cal­iber of con­tem­po­rary ac­tors like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Mr Amitabh Bachchan? These ac­tors can speak for them­selves if they want,” adds Puri.

PHOTO: PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT

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