When Bollywood biggies gave veteran actor A.K. Hangal's funeral a miss, it raised many eyebrows. Filmmaker Subhash Ghai hit back at the criticism, saying the industry does not believe in showing off.
"See, you people can create a tragedy (controversy) very quickly if you want to. Every time whenever someone goes, those people who were close to him or have worked with the person come," the 67-year-old said here Monday at a function organised in memory of late cinematographer Ashok Mehta.
"Today Shabana Azmi has gone to a show that has been organised in his (A.K. Hangal) memory. She is also doing a play there. Don't you believe the industry respects him? They do, but showing up is not the only way to show respect," he added.
Hangal died Sunday after a prolonged illness and was cremated the same day at Vile Parle crematorium. He was 97.
Ghai also had a few words of praise for Hangal.
"Hangal saab was a very senior actor, to work for 50 years is not easy. We appreciate him - as a character artist, as a person he worked with me in two films, 'Khalnayak' and 'Krodhi.' He was a great theatre personality," he said.
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Sad mr Ghai, when you are old the industry will not remember you as well. More attention today is given to Amit's granddaughter's name than on the quality acting that was contributed to make Bollywood what it is today.
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