Renowned film critic Rajeev Masand has been on the receiving end of social media fury, ever since a thread on Twitter revealing his blind items on Sushant Singh Rajput went viral.
Now, Masand’s famous ‘Actors Roundtable’ from 2016, featuring the late actor, is doing rounds on social media.
Given the blind items that reveal a different tale, this segment featuring biggies like Shahid Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh, showed a different side of Rajeev’s interaction with Sushant.
Here, the two engaged in an intellectual rendezvous. Rajput, who garnered fame with ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Love Story’ joined in conversation about his journey as an actor in Bollywood.
When asked about an actor’s best shot moment and the idea of replicating it, Sushant said, “Every kind of research that you can do to sum your character it can lead you to a point, and the whole point of doing a film and performing is to find out what you don’t know. The relation between what you don’t know and where you start from what you know is what real acting is and you’re not aware of it and asked to do it again, you might not be able to do it in the next take because you were not aware and the absence of you is what makes it so interesting. “
Watch the full video below.
Ever since Masand’s blinds caught the eye of netizens, even members of the film fraternity called out the critic for the same. Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee and filmmaker Apurva Asrani have collectively slammed Rajeev on Twitter.
Asrani wrote, "Attacking soft targets like KRK, while keeping mum on the more powerful 'blind item' experts is sheer hypocrisy. KRK is vile, but at least has the guts to put his name to his opinions. Rajeev's blind items against #SushantSinghRajput are vicious & cowardly. Don't be selective."
Bajpayee quoted the same and added, “It is hypocrisy to selectively call out journalists who hurt innocent talents with slander. I am very upset to read the blind items by Rajeev Masand in your tweet & I support you in calling him out. But the effort to stop toxic people like KRK is genuine too. Let's stand united.”
Masand works for English language news channel CNN-Indian Broadcasting Network, where he runs an ongoing video reviews series online, Masand's Verdict. Additionally, he writes as an entertainment-industry columnist for several publications, such as Open Magazine, Firstpost, News18, and for his own website.