Mumbai: Naseeruddin Shah found himself in the middle of a controversy after he made ‘distasteful’ remarks about the late Rajesh Khanna who is celebrated as Hindi Cinema’s first superstar.
Khanna’s daughter Twinkle had reacted politely yet strongly to Naseer’s remarks. And now, Dimple, Khanna’s wife has broken her silence on the issue.
According to a report in Bollywoodlife.com, originally attributed to DNA, Dimple 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.”
Here’s what Naseer said during an interview with Hindustan Times recently – “Nothing has changed in Bollywood. It is the same as it was 50 years ago. The photography and editing is better but the subjects are as puerile as they were in the 70’s. In fact, it was the 70’s 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. 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.”