NEW DELHI – Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor has taken exception to Rahul Gandhi’s reference to Bollywood while talking about dynasty politics during his speech at UC Berkeley, Calif.
Kapoor said each generation of his family has been “chosen on merit” by the public and the Kapoors’ contribution to the 106-year-old Indian cinema is of 90 years.
Gandhi, in his speech at the University of California in Berkeley, talked about how dynasties are a fact of life in India. He, however, did not mention the Kapoor family in his speech.
“Dynastic politics is a problem in all political parties. Most of the country runs like this, so don’t go after me. Akhilesh (son of Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party), (MK) Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK), Abhishek Bachchan - are all examples of dynastic legacy, also (Mukesh and Anil) Ambani (son of Dhirubhai Ambani), that’s how the entire country is running,” Gandhi said while listing several prominent Indians born into famous families.
Kapoor, however, posted a series of tweets as a reaction to Gandhi’s speech.
“Rahul Gandhi. In the 106 years of Indian cinema of India, Kapoor’s contribution is 90 years. And each generation is chosen by public on merit,” Kapoor tweeted.
“By God’s grace we are in 4 generations. Prithviraj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor. Randhir Kapoor. Ranbir Kapoor - Males. Besides all others.”
“You see otherwise. So, don’t bull**it people on ‘dynasty.’ You have to earn people’s respect and love through hard work not zabardasti (forcibly) and gundagardi.”
Kapoor had courted controversy last year, too, when he suggested that roads and buildings named by the Congress after members of the Gandhi family be changed.
“If roads in Delhi can be changed, why not Congress assets/property? Why Indira G Airport International? Why not Mahatma Gandhi or Bhagat Singh Ambedkar or on my name Rishi Kapoor. As superficial! What say?” he had said.