Javed Akhtar lashes out at Naseeruddin Shah

It’s not only the Khanna family who expressed their displeasure over veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah’s comment on late superstar of Bollywood Rajesh Khanna but noted lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar also criticises Naseeruddin Shah for disrespecting Rajesh Khanna.

Taking a dig at Shah, Javed Akhtar said, “It’s simple - Naseeruddin Shah does not like successful people. I have never heard him praise any successful person. He criticises Dilip Kumar; he criticises Amitabh Bachchan”.

In an interview to a newspaper, Naseeruddin was quoted as saying: "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."

Displeased with Shah’s remark, Twinkle slammed the actor on social media, "Sir if you can't respect the living, respect the dead -- mediocrity is attacking a man who can't respond Naseerudin Shah," Twinkle wrote.

Karan Johar also backed Twinkle Khanna and wrote #I agree with you @mrsfunnybones...due respect to seniority but this was in exceptionally bad taste and not becoming of a fraternity member..

When situation turned worse, Naseeruddin Shah took to the social media to apologize. Shah said, "I apologise to those who were personally offended, my intention was not to attack him (Rajesh Khanna)," tweeted India Today.

Rajesh Khanna in his heydays delivered many hits including Aakhri Khat, Anand, Haathi Mere Saathi, Kati Patang, Bawarchi, Aradhana and the long list goes on. He was honoured with Dadasahed Phalke award in 2005.