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Friday, Nov 15, 2019

Om Puri pulls up Naseer for his ‘poor actor’ comment on Rajesh Khanna

Om Puri lashes out at Naseeruddin Shah’s comments about late actor Rajesh Khanna. Says neither he nor Naseer can dream of the success Khanna achieved.

bollywood Updated: Jul 26, 2016 18:25 IST
Subhash K Jha
Subhash K Jha
Hindustan Times
Om Puri  said Rajesh Khanna broke the mould and yet became the biggest superstar of Indian cinema.
Om Puri said Rajesh Khanna broke the mould and yet became the biggest superstar of Indian cinema.( )

Seasoned actor Om Puri is in no mood to let colleague Naseeruddin Shah forget his comments about late Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna.

“I wonder why Naseer has called Rajesh Khanna a poor actor! Has he seen Mr Khanna’s films? I remember his earliest film Aakhri Khat and Bahaaron Ke Sapne which were not quite the commercial products.Then I remember him in the huge successes like Anand and Amar Prem… Rajesh Khanna broke the mould and yet became the biggest superstar of Indian cinema…I don’t think Naseer or I can ever dream of achieving the kind of success Rajesh Khanna did,” says Puri.

“How was he a poor actor…and in relation to whom? A lot of people would compare Naseer and me unfavourably with internationally renowned actors like Marlon Brando, Richard Burton , Robert de Niro, Alec Guinness and Jack Nicholson.I think every actor must be judged on his own individual merits. It’s like comparing the Taj Mahal with the Eiffel Tower,” adds Puri.

Read: Naseer apologises after Twinkle slams him for his ‘poor actor’ comment

In an interview to HT, Naseeruddin Shah had said that Rajesh Khanna was a limited actor. (Yogen Shah)

In a recent interview to Hindustan Times, Naseeruddin had said: “It was the 1970s 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.”

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

Puri also reprimands Naseer for not respecting the dead. “There is no need for an actor to assess the work of a fellow-actor specially one who is no more.Why doesn’t Naseer comment on the calibre of contemporary actors like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Mr Amitabh Bachchan?These actors can speak for themselves if they want. Unfortunately, Rajesh Khanna can’t.”