Kangana Ranaut responds to Naseeruddin Shah's 'half-educated starlet' jibe

Actor asked if he would call her that had she been Prakash Padukone or Anil Kapoor’s daughter

Entertainment Desk August 19, 2020

Popular Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut has responded to Naseeruddin Shah’s recent statements on the insider-outsider debate, whereby he claimed that ‘no one is interested in the opinions of some half-educated starlet’.

The veteran's remarks came as a reaction towards the nepotism controversy that emerged after actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise and gained fuel from comments from many, including Ranaut.

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Ranaut's team on behalf of the Queen actor tweeted Tuesday afternoon,”Thank you Naseer ji, you weighed all my awards and achievements which none of my contemporaries have on the scale of nepotism. I am used to this but would you say this to me if I were Parkash Padukone or Anil Kapoor’s daughter?”

Ranaut also shared an old video where she could be seen talking to the senior actor. “Naseer ji is a great artist, itne mahan kalakar ki toh gaaliyaan bhi bhagwan ke parshad ki tareh hain (Even abuses from such a great artist feel like blessing). I'd rather watch the amazing conversations we had about cinema and our craft last year when you told me how much you appreciate me.”

Nevertheless, Shah had described the conversation following Rajput's demise as 'absolutely sickening', according to Hindustan Times. He expressed how people were trying to voice their own woes with the industry under the pretext of the tragic event that happened in June.

He said, “I don’t understand this insider-outsider nonsense that’s going on. I mean, it’s a whole lot of rubbish and we should put an end to this. I, who has had a secure happy life as an actor, encouraged my son to go into the same profession? Would not an industrialist do it, would not a lawyer do it, would not a doctor not do it? Would not anybody do it? You mean to say that Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s descendents should not have become singers?” He added that ‘nepotism gets you to a certain point’, after which it takes talent for survival.

The Dedh Ishqiya actor then took a subtle dig at Ranaut, as he urged people to have faith in the law. “No one is interested in the opinions of some half educated starlet who decides to take it upon herself to, you know, get justice for Sushant. If there is justice that needs to be served, then I think we need to have faith in the process of the law,” he said.

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