Mahabharat co stars Mukesh Khanna and Gajendra Chauhan have indulged in a war of words, which does not seem to die anytime soon.
In a fresh social media post, Khanna who played Bhishma Pitamah in BR Chopra’s Mahbharat has taken potshots at Gajendra Chauhan who played Yudhishthir. Sharing a picture from the series, Mukesh wrote in Hindi:
"Kalyug ke dharmraj ka naam adharmraj kar dena chahiye. Dwapar ke dharmraj satya bolte the, dharm ka saath dete the. Aaj ka dharmraj betuki, bina tark-sangat baatein kehta hai. Apne amarthan me bematla kahawatein sunata hai. Filmi dialogue bolta hai ‘jo sheeshe ke ghar pe rehte hain unhein dusron pe pathar nahi fenkna chahiye.
(The Dharmraj of Kalyug should be renamed as Adharmraj. The Dharmraj of Dwapar Yug used to speak the truth and support Dharma but today’s Dharmraj says irrational things and uses meaningless phrases to support himself. Mouths filmy dialogues like ‘those who live in glasses house should not attack others’).”
Mukesh also took a dig at Gajendra’s tenure as FTII chief and wrote, “Kaise chairman ban kursi pakad kar baith gae, uska darshan sara jab TV par dekh chuka hai."
Furthermore, Mukesh Khanna also criticised Ekta Kapoor's Mahabharat yet again. He wrote:
“Ekta Kapoor ki Mahabharat mein Ronit Roy band bandha hua tha, Sikandar lag raha tha, Devvrat nahi. Usne ek interview mein kaha tha ki role karte waqt kisi ka performance nahi dekha. Mai kaafi impress hua tha, lekin putra granth to padho! Aaj log sirf apne dialogue padhte hain. Nai Mahabharat mein sab models lage, six packs lage. Mahabharat saas bhi kabhi bahu ban gaya. Isliye adharmraj ji, mat kaho tum actor the, mai bhi actor tha. Tum Gajendra Chauhan the, Mai Mukesh Khanna tha.
(Ronit Roy had a band on his head in Ekta Kapoor’s Mahabharata and he looked more like Alexander and not like Devvrat that he was playing. He had once said in interview that he did not watch anyone's performance. I was impressed with this statement but, son, read the entire Mahabharata at least. Today, everyone simply delivers dialogues and the actors in new Mahabharata all look like models and are all about six packs. Mahabhrata was turned into Kyuki Saas Bhi Bahu Thi. Therefore, dear Adharmraj! Do not say you were an actor like I was an actor on Mahabharat. You were Gajendra Chauhan and I was Mukesh Khanna).”
It all began after Mukesh Khanna said on Instagram that he refused to go on the The Kapil Sharma Show with the rest of the cast as he found it vulgar.
To this, Gajendra Chauhan had hit back by saying in an interview: “If you see the video, he has himself said that he was not invited and that he would not go on the show even if he was invited. This is like ‘maan na maan main tera mehmaan."
And the rift continues...