Did not speak ill of Rishi Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Gajendra Chauhan


The IIFA chairperson Gajendra Chauhan denied speaking ill about Rishi Kapoor and Anupam Kher, who also joined the students and demanded his stepping out from his post. Gajendra Chauhan said that he never spoke ill about the veterans and senior actors of Bollywood. He is in complete denial mood.

The students of Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), protesting against the appointment of Chauhan as the chairman of institute's governing council for the past few weeks. They alleged that Mr Chauhan lacks "stature and vision" to head the institute.

Talking on NDTV on phone, Chauhan, best known for playing Yudhisthira on TV epic Mahabharata, said yesterday"Who are Anupam Kher and Rishi Kapoor?" but later he refuted the reports that quoted him saying "who are Anupam Kher and Rishi Kapoor."

"I have never said this. I can not even think of using such words for those, who are so senior and luminaries of the film industry... with whom I have worked for so many years," Chauhan told PTI.

He said using such language is not a part of his culture. "Since I did not use such language to refer the two senior artistes, why should I issue a denial."

"I have never said this. I cannot even think of using such words for those, who are so senior and luminaries of the film industry... with whom I have worked for so many years," Mr Chauhan told PTI.

"Since I did not use such language to refer the two senior artistes, why should I issue a denial?" Mr Chauhan said. He added that the duo have their right to freedom of speech and can voice their opinions.

"Both are very senior to me and big figures in the industry... everyone has the right to freedom of speech," he said.