Mumbai: The legendary actor Rajesh Khanna’s wife and Naseeruddin Shah’s ‘Finding Fanny’ co-star Dimple Kapadia has also reacted on the controversy surrounding Shah’s statement hitting out at the late actor Rajesh Khanna.
The actress expressed her stand in a very dignified and elegant way. As per a report in DNA, she said, “I just want to say that while I understand that everyone has the right to their own opinion, the man’s career and legacy speak for him. I don’t need to over-emphasise his accomplishments or what he has done for Hindi cinema. You know them; I know them; millions of his fans know them as well.”
In an interview to a leading daily, the ‘Wednesday’ actor Naseeruddin Shah was quoted saying, “It was the 70s 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. In fact, he was a poor actor. Intellectually, he wasn’t the most alert person I have ever met. His taste ruled the industry.”
Rajesh Khanna’s daughter, Twinkle Khanna did not take kindly to the comment and took to Twitter to speak her mind against Shah. She wrote:
“Sir if u can't respect the living, respect the dead - mediocrity is attacking a man who can't respond.”
However, Naseeruddin Shah understood the sensitivity of the issue and apologised as soon as he saw things boiling. He tried making clear that he was not talking about a particular person but was talking about a phenomenon and therefore, he would like to apologise to those who took personal offence.