What does Akshay Kumar have to say about Naseeruddin Shah’s controversial statements against his later father in law Rajesh Khanna?

Naseeruddin Shah sparked controversy when he went on to call veteran actor Rajesh Khanna ‘a limited actor’. Although the late actor’s family members were furious over his comments, Akshay Kumar decided to let go of the same. When asked if he was as hurt as others when Naseer called his father-in-law “poor actor”, Akshay said, “It’s okay. Everything is finished. He apologised. So everything is over. Let’s go ahead.”

On being asked about what he had to say about the entire issue, he rather chose to give a diplomatic answer. “Don’t try and get something out of me. Let this industry be together. We are all in peace. Don’t make it pieces. Everything is over. If he apologised, all should be gracious enough to let it go.”

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For the uninitiated, in an interview with a leading daily, Naseeruddin had said, “Nothing has changed in Bollywood. It is the same as it was 50 years ago. The photography and editing is better but the subjects are as puerile as they were in the 70’s. In fact, it was the 70’s 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. The quality of script, acting, music and lyrics deteriorated. Colour came in. You could make a heroine wear a purple dress and hero a red shirt, go to Kashmir and make a movie. You didn’t need a story. This trend continued and I certainly think Mr Khanna had something to do with it because he was God in those days.”

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