Mumbai: Bollywood actress Twinkle Khanna and wife of actor Akshay Kumar today slammed veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah for blaming her late father Rajesh Khanna bringing “mediocrity” in Hindi film industry in 1970’s.
The 42-year-old actress, who is the elder daughter of Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, tweeted on her account, “Sir if you can’t respect the living, respect the dead-mediocrity is attacking a man who can’t respond @NaseerudinShah.”
Basically in a recent interview, Shah had said that 70’s were the time when mediocrity came in Hindi films and also when Rajesh Khanna joined the industry, who according to him was a “poor actor”.
Twinkle who is close friend with filmmaker Karan Johar has shown her support and agreed with the actress-turned-author and criticised Shah, saying his comments were in “exceptionally bad taste”.
Johar posted on Twitter, “I agree with you @mrsfunnybones… due respect to seniority but this was in exceptionally bad taste and not becoming of a fraternity member.”
Late veteran actor Rajesh Khanna, who was Bollywood’s first superstar, died of cancer in July 2012 at the age of 69.
He has starred in films like “Baharon Ke Sapne”, “Aradhana”, “Haathi Mere Saathi”, “Amar Prem” and “Aap Ki Kasam” among others.
He won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same fourteen times. He was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.