Hours after actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada has said the character of Sultan Alauddin Khilji in film "Padmaavat" reminded her of Azam Khan, the Samajwadi Party leader hit back his former party colleague, calling her “naachne wali” (dancer).
Addressing a gathering at an event, Khan said: "Padmaavat was made. Heard Khilji's character is very bad. Padmaavati left this world before Khilji's arrival. But now, a woman, a ‘naachne waali’, has made a remark about me. Tell me, if I entertain this 'naachne gaane wali', how will I concentrate on politics?"
Azam Khan called Jaya Prada a "Naachne Wali" but none from #BhaandWood came in her support.— Aakash ð®ð³ (@Indiaaakash) March 11, 2018
None criticised Azam Khan yet!
Why @Javedakhtarjadu @FarOutAkhtar @ReallySwara @sonamakapoor ?pic.twitter.com/C0Z5HlqFA8
On Saturday, Jaya Prada said: "Though I call Azam Khan my brother, the way he tried to take revenge on me in various ways...Whenever I watched Khilji (in 'Padmaavat' movie), the character reminded me of him," the former Rampur MP told reporters here last evening on the sidelines of a programme.
In the past, Jaya Prada had accused Khan of circulating material to sully her image.
The role of Alauddin Khilji, a 13th century Sultan of Delhi, was played by Ranveer Singh in "Padmaavat", which was caught in a controversy with Karni Sena opposing it on the grounds that it "distorts" historical facts and projects queen Padmavati in poor light.
When asked about alleged increase in crime against women, Jaya Prada said people should not celebrate Women's Day on a just one day, rather that spirit should be shown round the year.
"We should not celebrate Women's Day on a single day...Whatever (crime) is happening against girls. Girls are scared of going out and even parents are afraid of sending them to school," she said.
"I want that 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' should not only remain a slogan. Parents should not discriminate between son and daughter. Both (son and daughter) should get equal food and equal education. Whenever this division comes to an end, it will bring a healthy atmosphere in the society," she said.