Rishi Kapoor recently expressed his resentment after a statement made by Nawazuddin Siddiqui irked him. Apparently, the latter had commented on the typical Bollywood hero, romancing the heroine. He said, “it is easy to romance heroines and run around trees”.
This particular statement did not go down well with the veteran actor. Rishi said in an interview to Filmfare, “I’ve read that some actor named Nawazuddin (Siddiqui) said that romantic heroes just run around trees! Even his forefathers couldn’t have done the work our heroes have done, leave alone him. It’s difficult to bloody sing songs and romance the heroine. How could he say such a thing? Who are you? Do you know that talent is needed to do all that? Ask Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar. Jeetendra, Amitabh Bachchan saab…! My friend, my dear Nawazuddin, I’m not demeaning your talent; I’ve heard that you’re a good actor. I’ve even seen one or two of your films, in which you were just average. But it takes hard work to do what others are doing. You haven’t done it in your life; neither will you get a chance to do it. And you aren’t capable of doing it either. You don’t have the image; you don’t have the talent!”
Nawazuddin then clarified his statement saying, “What I meant was that when you do the same thing over and over again, for 30 to 40 years, it becomes easy to follow the same format. Ek hi tarah ka romance… it is all so cliched. In real life, we see hundreds of romantic couples hanging out at railway stations, bus-stops and other public places.. each one has a different story to tell, it can get complex” He also added, “He can’t say that, I will improve myself. If I had to romance in a film, I will do it differently, whether it works or not. I will discover myself; I will explore. There are many interesting ways of doing it. I respect Rishi Kapoor, I am his big fan. If he feels I am an average actor, it is a compliment. Actually, I am below average. He is extremely talented, and I am still trying to be an actor”
In my opinion, Nawazuddin’s comment was a very general one about Hindi movies, wonder why Rishi took it so personally..