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Nothing should be named after politicians: Rishi Kapoor

News Helpline | January, 21 2017

Actor Rishi Kapoor never shied away from speaking his mind. Due to that, most of the times he drags himself in certain kind of controversy. When he recently launched his autobiography, in that also he made some sparkling revelations about his father, actor Amitabh Bachchan and current crop of actors.

This time around, he targeted country’s politicians, he questioned the practice of naming public properties after politicians, saying there are other personalities whose contribution to the country is bigger and better.

Last year, the veteran actor had kicked up a controversy by questioning the trend of naming roadways, airports and railway stations after Gandhi family.

“Nothing in this country should be named after politicians. I have been saying this all along. There are personalities whose contribution to this country is colossal. Can you ignore the contribution of Lata Mangeshkar or JRD Tata? Why not name these structures after such figures rather than political leaders,” Rishi said during a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

The 65-year-old actor, who was targeted for being a BJP supporter over his remarks, said he is just an entertainer and has no intention of entering politics. “I’m just an entertainer, who tries to earn people’s respect and have no political agenda. I’m not a BJP sycophant and have opposed beef ban and have never shied away from taking a stand,” he said.

Addressing the issue of demonetisation, Rishi said Bollywood has not been affected by it as there is no “slush money” in the film industry. “Demonetisation has not affected Bollywood at all. Bollywood has no slush money. It is the real estate and the black market that is, rightly, suffering,” he said.

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