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The battle of words between Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Rishi Kapoor has finally ended with the former apologising to the senior actor for unintentionally having caused offence.
“It was never my intention to criticise or to even speak about Rishi Kapoorji. He is a senior and an actor I’ve grown up watching. Back home where I grew up we had no cinema halls. I’d travel hundreds of kilometers to watch Rishiji in ‘Bobby, Khel Khel Mein’ and ‘Kabhi Kabhie’. He was, and remains one of my favourite actors,” said Nawazuddin.
Nawazuddin says he never said anything about Rishi Kapoor. “It was a general observation on romantic scenes. I don’t know why he took it personally. I never meant to cause any offence. I’ve no hesitation in apologising to Rishiji.”
In a new twist to the controversy Rishi Kapoor says he was completely misquoted. “I haven’t read the interview where I am quoted as talking about Nawazuddin. But I don’t remember saying anything to any journalist about this. Someone mentioned that this actor had strongly condemned some actors who had a particular image. To this I had a polite reaction. My reaction was certainly not the way it has been made out to be.”