This Article is From Jul 28, 2016

Salim Khan Didn't Get Twinkle's 'Enough About Rajesh Khanna' Memo

Salim Khan Didn't Get Twinkle's 'Enough About Rajesh Khanna' Memo

Salim Khan and Twinkle Khanna photographed in Mumbai.


  • Naseeruddin Shah said Rajesh Khanna was a 'very limited actor'
  • He apologised for his comments later
  • Twinkle Khanna had appealed for an end to the controversy
New Delhi: The dust has all but settled over Naseeruddin Shah's poorly-received comments on Rajesh Khanna. And just when everybody was keeping calm and playing Pokemon like Twinkle Khanna suggested, writer Salim Khan has belatedly added his tweets to the several outraging about the late star being blamed for bringing 'mediocrity' to Bollywood.

The street outside Salim Khan's Galaxy Apartments home in Mumbai is almost always packed with fans hoping to catch a glimpse of his superstar son, Salman. On Wednesday, the 80-year-old writer appeared to launch a scathing attack on Naseeruddin Shah on Twitter:

No names - but who else could Salim Khan possibly have meant?

As one half of Salim-Javed, Mr Khan wrote films like Andaz and Haathi Mere Saathi that starred Rajesh Khanna, for whom the term 'superstar' was coined in the Seventies.

Some days ago, Naseeruddin Shah told Hindustan Times, "It was the 70s 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."

His comment provoked an angry response from the late actor's daughter. "Sir if you can't respect the living, respect the dead - mediocrity is attacking a man who can't respond," tweeted Twinkle Khanna to a handle that bears Mr Shah's name but is unverified.

In later tweets, Twinkle reminded Mr Shah of Rajesh Khanna's body of work and then appealed for an end to the controversy. "Now can everyone go play Pokemon," she tweeted.

Mr Shah has apologized for his remarks and was quoted by India Today in a tweet as saying, "I apologise to those who were personally offended, my intention was not to attack him (Rajesh Khanna)."