Veteran actor Mukesh Khanna has been on the news recently due to the reruns of his classic shows Shaktimaan and Mahabharat on DD National. The actor became a household name ever since he played Bhishma Pitamah in BR Chopra’s Mahabharat. Recently, the actor took a jibe at Sonakshi Sinha for not knowing an answer related to Ramayan on Sony TV’s hit show Kaun Banega Crorepati, she was even trolled by the netizens as her building’s name is also Ramayan.
Seems like the 61-year-old’s actors comment didn’t go down well with Sonakshi’s father and actor Shatrughan Sinha. Speaking to the news portal, the Dostana actor defended his daughter and said, “I believe someone has a problem with Sonakshi not answering a question on the Ramayan. Firstly what qualifies this person to be an expert on all things to do with the Ramayan? And who has appointed him the guardian of the Hindu religion? I am very proud of all my three children. Sonakshi became a star on her own. I never had to launch her career. She is a daughter any father would be proud to have. Not answering a question on the Ramayan doesn’t disqualify Sonakshi from being a good Hindu. She doesn’t need a certificate of approval from anyone,”
His comments on Sonakshi were condemned by Nitish Bhardwaj who played Krishna in the same show, even Puneet Issar, who played Duryodhan, is not happy with Khanna, he said, “Khanna shouldn’t have said that. Sonakshi is an AVM student, my kids too went there. If she didn’t know one question of Ramayan in KBC, the world doesn’t end there. Why should one condemn someone so openly? At least I wouldn’t have said what Khanna has said. This is my personal opinion. I don’t want to speak against him. But think of it, he again sparked off another controversy by speaking against Ekta. Nobody has a copyright over Mahabharat, sabko haque hai usko banane ka. Even Sajid Nadiadwala’s grandfather had made a film on Mahabharat and it was a super hit film. Dara Singh was the hero and it was from Bhisham Pita’s perspective. As you age, you should be graceful. Phal lagte hain toh pedh jhuk jaana chahiye.”