“I think Rajesh Khanna had an intuition about his death even before cancer struck him,” says friend Bhupesh Raseen – Exclusive! | Hindi Movie News
Excerpts from the conversation that took place:
It is with great regret that we speak to you today on the ninth anniversary of Rajesh Khanna’s death. He was adored by so many …
Today, I can’t help but remember the days when Kakaji (as Rajesh Khanna was affectionately called) was running away.
It all started with a fever that did not go away and then some tests revealed that he had cancer. You know that he approached his doctor and asked him in advance, ‘When does my visa expire?’ The doctor did not tell me or anyone else about this diagnosis; he told Kakaji directly.
Kakaji, of course, was surprised, but he had the ability to absorb things. He also absorbed this shock and after a while he said to me: “Theek hai, ho gaya. Ab aage kya?” You know what! He really lived his real life like his role in ‘Anand’. And according to him, his Babumoshai in ‘Anand’ was Amitabh Bachchan but in real life it was me.
We knew the end was near, especially in the last week. Akshay kumar, Dimple, Twinkle, Rinkie were all by his side when he took his last breath. The daughters were at his side, I was at his feet. Anju Mahendroo was also present in Aashirwad that time, she had come to visit.
We understand how heartbreaking that must have been …
Honestly, I’m not quite over it yet. We were soul brothers. Today I also went to Carter Road, where Aashirwad once stood. Today, there is no Aashirwad. I sat across the street for a few minutes. I felt that he was talking to me and I was talking to him (pause).
It must have been difficult to watch him go.
Kakaji was clear that he did not want to leave this world of the hospital; he wanted to take his last breath at home. In addition, it was clear to him that he would not undergo chemotherapy, that it was an option; instead, he chose to take medication. But let me tell you something that still haunts me endlessly.
I remember he called me one day, long before he got sick. I could not go. The next day, he told me: “Soon you will long to meet me, but I will not be able to meet you.” I think he had a certain intuition about his death even before the cancer hit him.
I had met Dilip kumarWho recently passed away?
I clearly remember a meeting in Delhi when Kakaji was campaigning for Congress. They met very affectionately and Dilip saab spoke to him in Punjabi, they decided to sit down for a snack, etc. the next night. But somehow that interlude didn’t happen.
Later, Kakaji and Dilip Kumar saab met at an awards show. Dilip Kumar saab was not very well then and Saira told him that Kakaji was close to him.
Why didn’t you marry Anju Mahendroo?
Their relationship had become something of a tangle. Then he met Dimple.
How did you distract your mind?
I don’t think Kakaji needed to distract his mind. Like I told you, he absorbed things quite well. But yes, his recreation habit was Kishore Kumar. Whatever your mood and whatever the day, I wanted to hear Kishore kumarsongs of. And mind you, not just his; in fact, he also enjoyed Kishore Kumar songs sung for other heroes.
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