"If roads in Delhi can be changed, why not Congress assets/property?," tweeted Mr Kapoor. He was referring to Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (retd) VK Singh's proposal that Akbar Road in the capital be renamed after Maharana Pratap. Aurangzeb Road has already been rechristened Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road.
He suggested that roads in Mumbai be similarly renamed after Lata Mangeshkar and JRD Tata and offered several alternatives from the film industry, among them Amitabh Bachchan, Mohd Rafi and his father Raj Kapoor.
In typically outspoken fashion, Mr Kapoor questioned why so many buildings are named after Indira Gandhi or her son Rajiv. 'Baap ka maal samajh rakha tha?,' tweeted the 63-year-old actor, who has established himself as an agent provocateur of sorts on Twitter.
Change Gandhi family assets named by Congress.Bandra/Worli Sea Link to Lata Mangeshkar or JRD Tata link road. Baap ka maal samjh rakha tha ?- Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 17, 2016
If roads in Delhi can be changed why not Congress assets/property ke naam? Was in Chandigarh wahan bhi Rajeev Gandhi assets? Socho? Why?- Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 17, 2016
We must name important assets of the country who have contributed to society. Har cheez Gandhi ke naam? I don't agree. Sochna log!- Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 17, 2016
Film City should be named Dilip Kumar,Dev Anand,Ashok Kumar ya Amitabh Bachchan ke naam? Rajeev Gandhi udyog Kya hota hai? Socho doston!- Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 17, 2016
Imagine Mohamad Rafi Mukesh Manna Dey Kishore Kumar venues on their name like in our country. Just a suggestion- Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 17, 2016
Why Indira G airport International ? Why not Mahatma Gandhi or Bhagat Singh Ambedkar or on my name Rishi Kapoor. As superficial! What say?- Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 17, 2016
Raj Kapoor has made India proud over the years all over even after his death. Certainly more than What has been perceived by politics.- Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 17, 2016
Mr Kapoor's tweets instantly prompted responses on Twitter. Several agreed with him, others didn't. Some of those disagreeing reminded the actor that he himself belongs to a dynasty, like the Gandhis.
@chintskap Gandhi's to congress is what kapoors to Bollywood.? Nava mohan (@iamnavamohan) May 18, 2016
@chintskap changing names would uplift Indian economy & eradicate all hunger problems.You born with silver spoon.More impo things than name? iAntiNationaL (@4News0) May 18, 2016
Rishi Kapoor was last seen in Kapoor And Sons.