Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher are two of the renowned actors of Hindi cinema who have been involved in mainstream and parallel cinema, earning accolades for their versatility and innovative performances. Both are considered legendary actors in the film industry.
Although the two have worked together in multiple films, they were at loggerheads a few years ago. Naseeruddin is known for speaking his mind and making controversial statements. He surprised everyone once when he attacked the actor of The Kashmir Files. In public. Scroll down to find out more.
In a detailed discussion with The Wire, Naseeruddin Shah explored topics like the protests against the CAA, the notable silence of Bollywood celebrities, student protests and Deepika Padukone’s act of solidarity. However, he expressed less favorable views about his ‘A Wednesday’ co-star Anupam Kher, known for his vocal support of the government and its policies on Twitter.
“Someone like Anupam Kher was very vocal. I don’t think it has to be taken seriously. He is a clown. Any number of his contemporaries from NFD and FTII can attest to his sycophantic nature. It’s in his blood, he can’t help it,” said the 73-year-old actor.
Anupam Kher soon hit back at Naseeruddin Shah’s ‘clown’ remark by sharing a video on his Twitter handle. Kher, in the video, said, “Though I never said anything bad about you, but now I will. You spent your whole life in frustration, despite achieving so much. If you can criticize Dilip Kumar Sahab, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Shah Rukh Khan, and Virat Kohli, I am sure I am in very good company.”
Kher added, “None of them took your statements seriously, because we all know that you don’t know the difference between what is right and what is wrong because of the substances you have been taking for the past few years. Anupam Kher said Naseeruddin Shah could be seeking attention through his criticism, perhaps to garner headlines. He added, “And do you know what’s in my blood? Hindustan. Just understand this.”
जानाब नसीरुदिन शाह साब के लिये मेरा पाह साब के लिये मेरा प्र सम्हा!!! He’s bigger than me. अम्र में भी अवर तजुर्बे में भी. मै हैमेश से अंधिक काला की इज्जत करता करता ररया करता रहा रहाँ. पर कबही कबही कुच बातोन का दो तूक जुबा दाब डाब दाई ़रूरी होता. This is my answer. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/M4vb8RjGjj
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) January 22, 2020
During that period, Naseeruddin Shah was one of the 100 prominent Muslim citizens from different parts of the country who opposed the decision of certain litigants to file a review petition challenging the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict. They expressed concern that the public would be harmed if the dispute were extended.
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