Dedicated To Mumbai


Thursday, August 11, 2016
By Chaitanya Padukone

Outspoken actor Naseeruddin Shah seemed to have had the last laugh when he addressed the ‘housefull’ master- class convened by the enterprising Neville Tuli of Osianama at the landmark Liberty cinema. Staying true to his inimitable opinionated self, Naseer candidly reacted to the backlash over his ‘controversial’ comment about Rajesh Khanna being a ‘poor actor, “Everybody who has got upset with what I said, none of them has contradicted what I said. What respect did the film industry have for Rajesh Khanna when he was alive, is my question. He had thousands of people outside his bungalow. Does that make him a great actor? So anybody who has thousands of people outside his bungalow is a great actor is that what you are trying to say. The fact is the industry created him, used him and cast him away when he was no longer a money-minting machine.”  When Neville Tuli quizzed him as to if that (use and discard ) was the nature of the showbiz syndrome, Naseer-bhai said, “Had Mr. Khanna been more on his guard, he could have perhaps prevented this from happening.” Referring to the apology issued subsequently from his side, the seasoned theatre-and-movie actor said, “I apologised to his family because I can understand their feelings. I have not apologised to anybody else nor have I withdrawn that statement,” he shrugged. Speaking about the histrionic craft, the ‘Finding Fanny’ lead actor said, “There are no textbooks in acting and no one to teach you. You go through life to learn and you need to learn by watching other actors .And realize that acting is a long heart-breaking journey. If you don't find your own identity, you will never become a real actor," enthused Naseer.

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