Rishi Kapoor is a man not known to mince his words. He believes in speaking his mind — and on Twitter, where he tweets under the handle of @chintskap, and has over 1 million followers — he has quite the audience for sharing his “mann ki baat”.
In the night hours, especially, Rishi is known to be quite the prolific tweeter, taking on everything that happens to have invited his ire.
Most recently, the Kapoor & Sons actor, has a bee in his bonnet over the renaming of public institutions after politicians. Specifically, the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday night, Rishi attacked this trend, and wondered why the names of illustrious cultural ambassadors — such as Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan — or eminent industrialists like JRD Tata, were not used for more public institutions.
Among the institutions whose names he took umbrage with were the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link (better — and more prosaically — known to Mumbai residents as the Bandra-Worli Sea Link) and the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.
“We must name important assets of the country (after people) who have contributed to society. Har cheez Gandhi ke naam? I don’t agree. Sochna log!” Rishi tweeted, adding in another post, “Baap ka maal samajh rakha hai?”
This is not the first time Rishi has tweeted his thoughts about the Gandhi family. A few days ago, he had tweeted about the AgustaWestland scam, while in April 2015, when there was a lot of media attention on Rahul Gandhi’s return to India after a sabbatical, the veteran actor had tweeted: “Why this fuss and hullabaloo? Someone just back after a holiday yaar give him a break. When is he to enjoy his money? In faltu days na? Samjho“.