It’s frustration, bitterness: Salim Khan blasts Naseeruddin Shah’s comments on Rajesh Khanna

Salim Khan has criticised Naseeruddin Shah for his comments on superstar Rajesh Khanna.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: July 28, 2016 11:17 am
Naseeruddin Shah, rajesh khanna, Naseeruddin Shah comment, Salim Khan, Naseeruddin Shah rajesh khanna comment, Naseeruddin rajesh khanna Salim Khan has criticised Naseeruddin Shah for his comments that superstar Rajesh Khanna was responsible for bringing “mediocrity” in Bollywood in the ’70s.

After Twinkle Khanna and Rajesh Khanna’s legion of fans took on Naseeruddin Shah for his adverse comments that India’s original superstar was responsible for bringing “mediocrity” in Bollywood in the ’70s, scriptwriter Salim Khan has weighed in. In an apparent reference to Shah, Salman Khan’s father said, “Frustration and bitterness are difficult to cure but carrying the same for such a long time is unheard of.”

Recently, in an interview, Shah said that ’70s was the time when mediocrity came in Hindi films and also when Khanna joined the industry, who according to him was a “poor actor”. Salim slammed Naseer and said an actor has to be extraordinary to rule the industry and people’s hearts for long.

“An actor passed my house and saw a big crowd waiting for Salman. He called me up to say he has not seen anything like this before. I told him I have seen bigger crowds many times outside Rajesh Khanna’s house,” Salim wrote on Twitter.

“He was the first and the last superstar of the millennium. Anyone calling him a mediocre actor should know that no one can reach these heights unless he has something extraordinary to offer,” he continued.

Salim, 80, is the latest celebrity to slam Shah for his remarks after stars like Khanna’s daughter Twinkle and filmmaker Karan Johar criticised actor.

After Twinkle Khanna and Karan Johar blasted Naseeruddin Shah for calling the late actor Rajesh Khanna — Twinkle’s father — a “limited, poor actor,” Shah had apologised. India Today tweeted that the actor said, “I apologise to those who were personally offended, my intention was not to attack him (Rajesh Khanna).”

After the apology, Twinkle requested people to let go of the controversy. “This has gone far enough,can everyone please stop,we have all stated our opinions now can everyone go play Pokemon!” she wrote on Twitter.

Also read | Naseeruddin Shah had no right to call Rajesh Khanna a ‘poor actor’. Not just Twinkle Khanna, we are raging too 

She had earlier written after Naseer’s apology: “All due regard toMrShah’s reality,mine=a man who loved cinema& did films likeAnand,AmarPrem,KatiPatang thank u folks for all the love.”

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