Javed Akhtar is the latest to criticise actor Naseeruddin Shah for his comments that Rajesh Khanna was responsible for bringing “mediocrity” to Bollywood in the 1970s.
“It’s simple – Naseeruddin Shah does not like successful people. I have never heard him praise any successful person. He criticises Dilip Kumar; he criticises Amitabh Bachchan,” Javed Akhtar said.
Naseeruddin Shah’s comments had stirred a hornet’s nest with Javed Akhtar’s former scriptwriting partner Salim Khan attributing the veteran actor’s remarks to “frustration and bitterness”.
Rajesh Khanna’s daughter Twinkle Khanna, the wife of superstar Akshay Kumar, also had said that Naseeruddin Shah should not have attacked a man who is dead and cannot defend himself. Om Puri too slammed Naseer for his comments.
Khanna, who was Bollywood’s first superstar, died of cancer in July 2012 at the age of 69.
He acted in films like Baharon Ke Sapne, Aradhana, Haathi Mere Saathi, Amar Prem and Aap Ki Kasam among others.
Late Rajesh Khanna had won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same 14 times. He was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
Naseeruddin Shah had even apologised to both Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar. – CINEWS