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NEW DELHI: Veteran ac­tor Rishi Kapoor has taken ex­cep­tion to Rahul Gandhi’s ref­er­ence of Bol­ly­wood while talk­ing about dynasty pol­i­tics dur­ing his speech at Berke­ley. Kapoor said each gen­er­a­tion of his fam­ily has been “cho­sen on merit” by the pub­lic and the Kapoors’ con­tri­bu­tion to the 106 years of In­dian cin­ema is 90 years.

Rahul, in his speech at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia in Berke­ley, had talked about how dy­nas­ties are a fact of life in In­dia. He, how­ever, did not men­tion the Kapoor fam­ily in his speech.

“Most par­ties in In­dia have that prob­lem So...mr Akhilesh Ya­dav is a dy­nast. Mr Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK) is a dy­nast... even Ab­hishek Bachch­han is a dy­nast. So that’s how In­dia runs. So don’t get af­ter me be­cause that’s how theyin­dia is run. By the way, last, I re­call, Mr Am­ba­nis are run­ning the busi­ness. That’s also go­ing on in In­fosys. So that’s what hap­pens in In­dia,” Rahul had said while list­ing sev­eral prom­i­nent In­di­ans born into fa­mous fam­i­lies.

Kapoor, how­ever, posted a se­ries of tweets as a re­ac­tion to Rahul’s speech. “Rahul Gandhi. In the 106 years of In­dian cin­ema of In­dia, Kapoor’s con­tri­bu­tion is 90 years. And each gen­er­a­tion is cho­sen by pub­lic on merit,” Kapoor tweeted. “By God’s grace we are in 4 gen­er­a­tions. Prithvi­raj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor. Rand­hir Kapoor. Ran­bir Kapoor – Males. Be­sides all oth­ers.

“You see other­wise. So don’t bull**it peo­ple on ‘dynasty’. You have to earn peo­ple’s re­spect and love through hard work not zabar­dasti (forcibly) and gunda­gardi.” Kapoor had courted con­tro­versy last year too when he sug­gested that roads and build­ing named by the Congress af­ter the Gandhi fam­ily be changed.

“If roads in Delhi can be changed, why not Congress as­sets/prop­erty? Why Indira G air­port In­ter­na­tional ? Why not Ma­hatma Gandhi or Bha­gat Singh, Ambed­kar or on my name Rishi Kapoor. As su­per­fi­cial! What say?,” he had said. Omerta

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