Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah’s remarks against Twinkle Khanna’s late father superstar Rajesh Khanna has made her very angry.
In an interview, Naseeruddin Shah was quoted saying, ‘It was the 70’s when mediocrity came into 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,” says Shah about Khanna, whose hits include Aradhana (1969), Haathi Mere Saathi (1971) and Anand (1971).
Shah expressed his unhappiness with the way things are in Bollywood, He blamed the late actor for it. Shah feels that he was the one to bring in mediocrity in the 1970s and somehow, things continue to remain the same, 50 years later, too. With the departure of black-and-white cinema and introduction of colour, plots became less significant. Since Khanna was highly regarded in those days, the trend, Shah feels, continued.
Shah went on to say, ‘The quality of script, acting, music and lyrics deteriorated. Colour came in. You could make a heroine wear a purple dress and hero a red shirt, go to Kashmir and make a movie. You didn’t need a story. This trend continued and I certainly think Mr Khanna had something to do with it because he was God in those days.”
Not pleased with Shah’s opinion about her late father, Twinkle took to Twitter to express her disapproval. “Sir if you can’t respect the living, respect the dead. Mediocrity is attacking a man who can’t respond,” tweeted Twinkle. – CINEWS