Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hain


Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hain
Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hain

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Posted: 19 July 2012 at 8:16pm | IP Logged

'Anju Mahendru present as Kaka took his final breath'

MUMBAI: She continued to be the eternal 'other woman' in superstar Rajesh Khanna's life. The woman who Khanna abandoned for the beautiful Dimple Kapadia was by his side when he passed away.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who first met Anju after her break-up with Khanna in the house he gifted her, said, "After I learnt of Khanna's death through the media, I thought of Anju because I knew she would be affected by his death. I managed to reach her late at night and learnt that Khanna and Anju had got together in the last years of his life. She used to take care of his medical needs and even accompanied him to hospital. Holding back her tears, she told me, 'My only consolation is that I was holding his hand when he took his last breath'."

Bhatt added, "It is really heartbreaking to see that she had to take a strange route to reconnect with her first love." Khanna's friend Bharathi Pradhan said, "Kaka and Anju had become friends much before he fell ill. When he bought a new office, Anju used to work with him. He also told me how happy he was when Anju told him that she had bought a car. That is the kind of relationship they shared."

She added, "Anju had given an interview to a publication after Kaka got married, hinting that he continued visiting her home." On Thursday morning, Anju was there with Khanna's family at the Pawan Hans crematorium. Anju could not hold back her tears when she saw Khanna's grandson Aarav light the pyre. A source said, "Both she and Dimple cried. Rinke held on to her mother even as Anju's tears continued to roll down her face."

'Kaka was a fantastic host'

A notice was once put up at a club saying that members would not be allowed inside if they were wearing lungis. Kaka purposely wore a kurta and lungi for lunch at the club with wife Dimple and sister-in-law Simple. He was a fantastic host and made sure all his guests were looked after. He and whichever woman was in his life at the time made sure guests got garam rotis and drinks.

Made guru kurtas famous

Actor Ratna Pathak's father Baldev Pathak used to design costumes for Rajesh Khanna till 1979. His brother, H D Pathak, said, "My brother was the proprietor of Srimaan Costumes at Churchgate and he designed the guru kurta and safaris worn by Khanna, which became a huge hit with the masses. Even people from Kolkata used to come and buy clothes from him. He once sold about 2,000 guru kurtas after Khanna wore it in one of his films."

'Not sad at all'

I am not feeling sad at all. When I went to meet him at his residence just four days ago, I saw a happy, smiling man, says film-maker R Balki. That is the memory I have of him. The three days I spent shooting the commercial with him were memorable. For the ad, I wanted a superstar who once had a huge fan following but not today. Kaka understood that and agreed to do the ad with me. He came to Bangalore to shoot the commercial with a fractured leg and kept taking painkillers but did not complain. He loved the camera and was a completely different man once it was switched on. He was very sharp and knew exactly what he was doing. Some portions of the commercial that could not be used had Kaka doing a small jig on the song Achcha toh hum chalte hain as if he was bidding goodbye to the camera.

His last film shoot

Rajesh Khanna had last shot for Ashok Tyagi's film for 6 days before he fell ill. The film also features Aryeman Ramsay.


anju mahendru NOW--

Edited by natasha-remix - 19 July 2012 at 8:16pm

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natasha-remix IF-Dazzler

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Posted: 19 July 2012 at 9:26pm | IP Logged

i didnt even know about her and the rajesh khanna association. 

feel kinda bad for her.

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Seema1987 Goldie

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Posted: 19 July 2012 at 10:28pm | IP Logged
Awww..feel sorry for her...

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-happilyunknown IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 19 July 2012 at 10:32pm | IP Logged
WOw..THis is sad..

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Posted: 20 July 2012 at 12:03am | IP Logged
Its so evident that two hearts that once loved each other need not be together...but still your heart cries for the loved ones...once you loved someone., it will be there forever!!!...thats the power of the love...that love gave her the strength to be with him in his last breath as a friend!!!!!!!!...i am stunned, but still my sorry for her!!!!!!Shocked

Edited by sindu_gurti - 20 July 2012 at 12:02am

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.Sumi. IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 20 July 2012 at 12:48am | IP Logged
tfs...feel sad for her...
Mehek25 IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 21 July 2012 at 12:46am | IP Logged
As they say ur first love never dies...U always remember it...whether u are together or not it is always somewhere deep in ur heart...So was it with Anjuji...

As for Rakesh Khanna...May his soul rest in peace...

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