It needs courage: Anupam Kher backs Rishi Kapoor on renaming assets

  • IANS & PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 18, 2016 16:29 IST
Anupam Kher says instead of tracing political motivation in the remarks by Rishi Kapoor, one should take his statement seriously.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher on Wednesday extended his support to Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor over his views on going beyond political names while naming important assets of the country. He says instead of tracing political motivation in the remarks, one should take his statement seriously.

Raza Murad also supported Rishi and said, “Rishi Kapoor is a free citizen and has every right to express his mind. I completely agree with him.Why all airports are being named after politicians? There are many like Raj Kapoor, Shaami Kapoor who have contributed a lot for the country.”

“I support Rishi Kapoor Ji. I feel whatever he said is very true. During the rule of Congress, we found no difference between them and the British Raj,” he added.

The actor, who has time and again expressed his views in a brazen manner, stressed on the importance to recognise “legends” of other fields like arts, cricket and cinema. He also lauded the present Narendra Modi government, saying that they don’t “have any yojna (scheme) after any political leaders”.

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While talking to news channel Times Now, Anupam said: “I am not surprised. I am happy that he said it. At least somebody as senior as Rishi Kapoor ji thought about it...I am sure a lot of people think lot of things...But puting it on social website needs a lot of courage. It needs not only courage but genuine thought. I think its very important.”

In a series of explosive tweets, Rishi deprecated the fact that previous Congress governments have named important assets of the country after the Gandhi family. He says the present government must consider renaming the assets after those who have contributed to the society.

Supporting his views, Anupam said: “I think Rishi kapoor’s statement should be taken very seriously as a very seasoned actor of our country, who has entertained millions of people all over the world in the last 30-40 years.”

Rishi had tweeted: “ We must name important assets of the country who have contributed to society. Har cheez Gandhi ke naam? (Why everything in the name of Gandhi?) I don’t agree. Sochna log! (Think people!).

“Change Gandhi family assets named by Congress. Bandra/Worli Sea Link to Lata Mangeshkar or JRD Tata Link road. Baap ka maal samajh rakha tha.”

Meanwhile, Congress reacted to the development saying that the Bollywood actor ‘fails to understand the contribution of the Gandhi family’. Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) chief Sanjay Nirupam told PTI, “Rishi Kapoor fails to realise the contribution of the Gandhi family towards nation building. I have sent him a list of airports in the country, named after several important leaders from Maharana Pratap and Shivaji Maharaj to Lal Bhadur Shastri. Saying that everything is named after the Gandhi family is not correct.”

“Some people say anything for the sake of power and due to their parochial attitude,” he added, attacking the 63-year-old actor.

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Rishi demanded that “Film City should be named Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar ya Amitabh Bachchan ke naam? Rajeev Gandhi udyog Kya hota hai? Socho doston!”

In the same vein, Anupam also shared that: “I think it is important (to appreciate) achievements from many other people from India whether it is the JRD Tata, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Dhyan Chand...they have kept the flag of India flying on such a big level.

Appreciating Rishi for raising the topic, the Saaransh star said: “He has made a very important point and I am sure that media has picked it up because its important to be inconsiderate about other people. In that reference I would like to say that the present government doesn’t have any yojna (scheme) after any political leaders.”

He also feels it is important to honour other legends for their contribution in their own respective field. Anupam said: “Rishi Kapoor, who is a very forthright person and he has not necessarily said all the right things but why should we attribute a reason behind it and demean or sort of make it less important by immediately coming to a conclusion that this is a political statement. It is not a political statement.”

On its part, the Congress reacted to Rishi’s comments by saying people were targeting the Gandhis “to get into the good books” of the ruling BJP.

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