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Frustration is tough to cure: Salim Khan on Naseer’s Rajesh Khanna comment

Calling Khanna the first and the last superstar of his times, Salim said an actor has to be extraordinary to rule the industry and people’s hearts for long.

bollywood Updated: Jul 27, 2016 17:58 IST
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Salim Khan is the latest celebrity to bash Naseeruddin Shah for his comments calling Rajesh Khanna a ‘poor actor’.(Agencies)

Scriptwriter Salim Khan has criticised Naseeruddin Shah for his comments that superstar Rajesh Khanna was responsible for bringing “mediocrity” in Bollywood in the ‘70s.

Recently, in an interview with HT, 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”.

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Calling Khanna the first and the last superstar of his times, Salim said an actor has to be extraordinary to rule the industry and people’s hearts for long.

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”.

“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.

Read: Rajesh Khanna was a poor actor, says Naseeruddin Shah

In an apparent reference to Shah, the Sholay writer said, “Frustration and bitterness are difficult to cure but carrying the same for such a long time is unheard of.”

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

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