Even as the hullaballoo around Amitabh Bachchan criticizing the editing in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan had just begun to fade away, the actor has returned with a vengeance at film critic Rajeev Masand on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
It all began when Akshay Kumar paid a visit to the legendary cartoonist R.K. Laxman at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, to promote his film his movie Khatta Meetha. Akshay’s grinning picture alongside the bed-ridden Laxman was pasted on the pages of a supplement of a national daily. Rajeev Masand criticized this by tweeting, “Need innovative ideas to promote films in competitive times. But Akshay Kumar grinning like a jackass at R.K. Laxman’s hospital bed is a new low.”
Amitabh Bachchan, who having a conversation with NDTV’s Barkha Dutt on journalistic ethics, immediately got into the thick of things. It was evident that Big B had taken offence. “Would your fraternity have spared Akshay if he were to address you as one? Never expected this language from you!” Amitabh wrote to Rajeev Masand.
If that wasn’t enough, Amitabh went on to detail the entire incident on his blog. Rajeev Masand kept his stand with a long tweet, “…I don’t remember your fraternity pulling you up for the attack on photographers by security outside your house during Abhishek’s wedding. I don’t remember your fraternity so much as expressing outrage when Abhishek ‘allegedly’ bashed up a photographer on a film set…”
Journalists, critics, directors, and editors: Amitabh seems to be stepping on too many toes nowadays…
Incidentally, Twitter has become the new battle ground for many Bollywood battles in the recent past. Sonam Kapoor and Punit Malhotra were at loggerheads with Shobhaa De, Ram Gopal Varma and Karan Johar are at their usual love-hate stories and Pooja Bhatt took serious offence at Shabana Azmi’s criticism of her father, Mahesh Bhatt: all on Twitter.
By Koimoi Team