Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi mentioning film actors while talking about dynasty politics during his speech at University of California, Berkeley on Tuesday, hasn’t gone well with Bollywood. The very outspoken senior actor Rishi Kapoor has blasted the Gandhi scion for his comments.
Earlier on Tuesday, responding to a question that there was a perception that the Congress was patronizing dynastic politics, Rahul Gandhi amused the audience saying Akhilesh Yadav, Stalin, Abhishek Bachchan, the children of Ambani etc. are all dynasts. “Its just the way India functions. The real question is if that person is a capable or not,” he added.
Reacting to the statement, in a series of tweets, Rishi Kapoor gave the example of his Kapoor family, and said that they had survived in film industry for 4 generations only by earning people’s respect and trust generation after generation and not because they are a dynastic clan.
“Don’t bullshit people on “Dynasty”. You have to earn people’s respect and love through hard work not zabardasti (force) and gundagardi (rowdyism),” he tweeted.
A person of Rahul Gandhi’s stature shouldn’t have used actors’ names in defending his existence only because of dynasty politics. He hasn’t achieved anything creditworthy so far but he still is being projected as the PM candidate of the oldest and the biggest political party of this nation. In films on the other hand, dynasts may get an easy debut but they don’t survive for long without individual talent.