It is a fight that Rajesh Khanna would certainly love to fight himself - if he was alive. Indubitably one of the more saccharine actors to hit the screens in the 70s, the man moved Bollywood movie lovers like no one before him had with his 'mesmerising' performances. Considering that he is dead and unable to defend his 'legacy', to the battlefield comes former actress Twinkle Khanna, his daughter. And what is the brouhaha all about? Well, the actor's actor Naseerudin Shah, a man who is as much respected for his brilliant acting as his views on all things filmy, has gone ahead and called Rajesh Khanna a mediocre, nay, even a 'poor actor'. More than that, the good Mr Shah has actually said that Rajesh Khanna was responsible for the downgrading of the entire industry by forcing it to paint itself in his own image. To\u00a0be fair to Naseerudin, he did say that Khanna 'was God in those days'. A left handed compliment? Perhaps not. Rajesh Khanna had risen from mediocrity to rule Bollywood for a decade - he was its first superstar. He was a fighter indeed for his own cause, but his acting prowess was always\u00a0debatable, something that Shah brought to the fore. Unwilling to tolerate a jibe at her dead father and that too for destroying quality cinema in India, Twinkle took to Twitter to blast Naseeruddin for his audacity to talk ill of the dead, especially as they cannot defend themselves. Well, that sword cuts both ways, we say. Here is her tweet: \u201cSir if u can\u2019t respect the living ,respect the dead-mediocrity is attacking a man who can\u2019t respond NaseerudinShah\u201d Sir if u can't respect the living ,respect the dead-mediocrity is attacking a man who can't respond @NaseerudinShah \u2014 Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) July 23, 2016 The world of cinema is generally willing to take Naseeruddin Shah's words as Gospel truth, usually. But the folks on Twitter, presumably all Rajesh Khanna fans who remember his\u00a0movies like Anand, Amar Prem, Kati Patang or the later end-of-career variety took the Twinkle cue and registered their umbrage. The reactions came fast and furious. He may have\u00a0been dead for years, but it looks like the legacy of Rajesh Khanna is still alive and ticking and able to draw blood, so to speak. The frenzied and even raging reactions were enough to make Naseeruddin Shah run for cover. He did not tarry to defend his analysis of Bollywood, instead he chose to throw in the\u00a0towel and admit defeat. He apologised, according to a HT report. Still, where did it leave his arguement that in 1970s Bollywood hardly covered itself much in glory. In the trash bin? Here is what Naseeruddin said according to a HT report. \u201cI\u2019d apologise to those who took personal offence but I wasn\u2019t talking of a particular person. I was talking about a phenomenon\u201d. Wonder why the generally eloquent Mr Shah could not bring his not inconsiderable intelletual capacity to bear to terrorise the trolls into submission with a sound, logical\u00a0explanation? All due regard toMrShah's reality,mine=a man who loved cinema& did films likeAnand,AmarPrem,KatiPatang thank u folks for all the love \u2014 Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) July 24, 2016 But that is not where the tangle ended. The apology tendered and the battle won, Twinkle Khanna might have let it go at that, but she couldn't resist twisting the knife and went on to post another reaction, which in effect, indicated that the she has not forgiven Shah and that this was not enough. Here is her post: \u201cAll due regard toMrShah\u2019s reality,mine=a man who loved cinema& did films likeAnand,AmarPrem,KatiPatang thank u folks for all the love.\u201d I agree with you @mrsfunnybones.due respect to seniority but this was in exceptionally bad taste and not becoming of a fraternity member.. \u2014 Karan Johar (@karanjohar) July 23, 2016 What did the twitterati attack Naseeruddin Shah for? In an interaction with the Hindustan Times, Naseeruddin Shah said, \u201cNothing has changed in Bollywood. It is the same as it was\u00a050 years ago. The photography and editing is better but the subjects are as puerile as they were in the 70\u2019s.\u201d Sensing perhaps that the effect of that statement would be lost unless\u00a0he mentioned names, Naseeruddin added, \u201cIt was the 70\u2019s when mediocrity came in Hindi films. That\u2019s when the actor called Rajesh Khanna joined the industry. For all his success, I\u00a0think Mr Khanna was a very limited actor. In fact, he was a poor actor. His taste ruled the industry. The quality of script, acting, music and lyrics deteriorated. Colour came in. You\u00a0could make a heroine wear a purple dress and hero a red shirt, go to Kashmir and make a movie. You didn\u2019t need a story. This trend continued and I certainly think Mr Khanna had\u00a0something to do with it because he was God in those days\u201d. A damning indictment? Take your call.