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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAKAJI
There is a saying that legends never die and so is the Super Star of the century Rajesh Khanna alias Kaka who’s always immortal. I feel highly privileged and honoured to be in his close proximity from 1992 till his journey to the eternal home.

Being a die hard fan of Rajesh Khanna since my childhood days, I always dreamt of meeting him once in my life time and surprisingly the day came in 1992 when destiny brought me in Kakaji’s close proximity beyond my imagination and expectation as his media advisor for a pretty long time.

My first meeting with Kaka in Hotel Ashok, New Delhi in 1992 was indeed a historic one which lasted for an hour or so in the presence of the veteran journalist, former BCCI chief and union minister Rajiv Shukla and Kaka’s friend and assistance from Mumbai Stevan Fernadiz in which (meeting) after being impressed by me, he literally offered me to help him in his parliamentary election coordinating his media and other political affairs.

Since then till his being the member of parliament from New Delhi and thereafter too, my association with him continued. Those were really the hectic days dealing with media persons, fixing Kaka’s one to one interviews with the indeginous and international press, print and television media, preparing daily hand outs of his meetings and padyatras, arranging press conferences at times and even giving him political tips for speeches.Though there are hundreds of such rememberences with him but am sharing one about his attitude to oblige mediamen at odd hours. When Kaka filed his nomination for the second time while contesting against Shatrughan Sinha, a bollywood star, I was standing downstairs in Vasant Kunj where he stayed for some time in a Druplex flat. We had come back from some political engagements and Kaka went upstairs to his flat and I was trying to manage reaching my home at such an odd hour. There was quite a commotion in the locality with police security and few of his fans still there.

It was 2 O clock midnight and Dimple, twinkle and Rinki had also come back from Mumbai. In the meanwhile a young journalist who was then with Statesmen newspaper came there, perhaps on my call searching for Kaka to interview him. For Sanjay Kaw, now with Asian Age, taking Kaka’s interview was quite an adventure. I was shocked to see this inspiring journalist so desperate to talk to Kaka and had even asked his boss to delay the printing of the first page of statesmen till he brings Kaka’s interview. I reluctantly went upstairs and talked to Kaka thinking, he would refuse but after my convincing him that the interview will appear next day on the front page, he agreed and gave the interview at 2.30 AM to the young, handsome jurno which did appeared on the front page of statesmen, making Kaka happy.

Just imagine a super star agreeing for an interview at 2.15 AM while in drinking session just to oblige me is a big thing never expected from Kaka the most sought after actor of his time.

Kaka was very fond of English press and therefore it was really difficult to manage them. However, I did proved successful after I made Kakaji prepared to meet them in person whenever situation warranted giving up his super star ego and thus keeping the journalist friends in good humour to which he readily agreed.

Those were really the fantastic days as hundreds of his New Delhi contitiency electorates, leaders of the Congress party, film personalities, senior police officers, media men and his arden fans including MPs, bureaucrats and theatre personalities etc used to throng his office cum residence at 81 Lodhi Estate, New Delhi once the residence of late HN Bahuguna, union minister and former UP CM. After Kaka’s tenure it was housed by the high profile BJP leader and the then union minister Pramod Mahajan.

Very few people know that after taking the charge of the spacious Bungalow 81 Lodhi Estate, Kaka got it fully renovated spending lacs of Rupees to suit his personal liking and choice. He brought a huge Lord Ganesh’s idol from Mumbai and got it installed at the inner entry of the Bangalow facing the main entrance gate giving a front face view of Ganeshji to the visitors.

I used to accompany Kaka in his padyatras, public meetings, at functions where Kaka used to be the chief guest and even participate in his evening sittings, sometimes individually while sometimes with his friends. I had lunches, dinner, drinking sessions with Kakaji on many occasions. Kaka was very forthright in refusing programmes when he was not in the comfortable mood.

He once, while not an MP came to Delhi especially on my request to inaugurate the Garhwali film titled Satmanglya in Pyarelal Bhawan and despite the film being in regional dialect beyond his understanding reach, gave enough of his time. I was very fortunate to be Kaka’s most preferred man. He considered me his younger brother and trusted too much on my capabiliy and capacity to assist him intellectually.

He used to feel comfortable in my company, especially when he was member of parliament. Few people will believe that after becoming MP he even used to come to my RK Puram House to pick me while going to Parliament. People of the locality used to gather to have the super star’s glimpse. He was very fond of hill people and had immense affection for them. Kaka was in Mussourie for a month or so when he acted in “Ghar Ka Chirag” movie in eighties as most of the shooting took place in Mussourie. During those days he came in contact with lot of Garhwalies and became fond of them. Kaka loved Garhwali and Kumaoni folk songs and culture and had special soft corner for the serene beauty and people of this Himalayan state.He especially respected, adored and liked the beauties of Uttarakhand.

Kakaji was though a very high profile superstar having acted in more then 225 films having given 15 to 25 super duper hit movies in a row during the seventies and eighties, he was a great human being and a friend of friends too. He always believed in helping the poor, needy and the deserving.

I have infinite memories of the days of my association with Kakaji but time and space have restraints. Tommorrow i.e. 29th December is the birthday of this super star. I wish him all the very best by saying that Rajesh Khanna never dies. He is a legend always living in the hearts and minds of his billions of fans and well wishers arond the globe. Good bye Kakaji. Love you always.

SUNIL NEGI, FORMER MEDIA ADVISOR TO RAJESH KHANNA

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Torturing them by showing their ugly pics and threatening them by saying “TU RUKJA YE GANDI PIC TO COUNTDOWN MAI DALUGI”

Tagging them in birthday meme’s is one of our favorite job’s

We keep reminding them to have a treat “that is is worth in our words” other wise “DOST KO TO PTA HAI USKI BAND BAJNE VALI HAI”

Calling them with stupid names that can only be understood by them and this thing scares them so much because they know us very well that we can make them feel ashamed in front of anyone.

Editing their funny pictures and posting it on various groups is the thing we actually like, and what we come to hear in return is “MERE PHOTO KO SEENE SE YAAR CHIPKALE SAIYAAN FEVICOL SE” because we are mad over their funny pictures.

Making weird voices to irritate them and then what happens is MAI KYU HO TERA DOST KAUNSE PAAP KIYE THE MAINE”.

Telling their siblings the dangerous birthday idea to make their birthday a blast “BECAUSE WE NEVER WISH THEM GOD BLESS YOU WE ALWAYS SAY THEM MAY GOD BLAST YOU, IDIOT”.

Reminding them that they are totally gonna be dead on their birthday because they have such a nice friend to give perfect scary surprise because they know how much we love them.

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EAGERLY WAITING FOR BIRTHDAY WISHES AND MIDNIGHT SURPRISES

Well birthday is a special moment ,a day, a time or a best part of life, everyone has a different level of excitement for his/her birthday. Most important thing about birthday is being around awesome surprises and getting everything we were expecting. Whether a boy or a girl everyone of them expects their friends to reach home at 12 and surprise them with a cake.

The funny thing about this is everyone knows they will be surprised and acts like they were unaware about the plans.

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WAITING FOR THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM YOUR SPECIAL SOMEONE

Birthday wishes become more special when your special someone adds a bit of sweetness to it. We always expect our best friend or our mom and dad or the special someone to wish us first. The feeling of experiencing this moment is so special that it automatically brings a big smile on our face!

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CHECKING YOUR FACEBOOK AND WHATSAPP WISHES

Birthdays should be declared as  HAPPY 24 HOURS CONSTANT FACEBOOK NOTIFICATIONS DAY!!

Checking facebook timeline and whatsapp wishes is one of the interesting tasks to do on your birthday. Sometimes it’s boring too but it’s fun having loads of wishes and feeling like a king/queen.

One of the annoying things we face when our “bhabhi ki chichi ki beti posts an annoying picture of ours on our timeline and inspite of getting a surprise we get a big shock”.

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CAKE FACIAL

We want or not we have to face it and fight with it. Most irritating and funny part of birthday is dressing up nicely and end up being a “ghost”.

Some girls be like “MERA MAKEUP AND SPECIALLY EYELINER KHARAB HOJAEGA”

And some “KANJOOS FRIENDS” be like “YAAR CAKE MEHNGA BANA HAI KYA KAREGE MARKE MUH PAR”

Well its somehow a special moment one dies to experience, there lots of memories and stories behind it.

SPECIAL GIFTS AND SURPRISES

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It’s not the gift but it’s the memories we collect and thoughts we count. Sometimes the most  shocking surprises are the most beautiful surprises and having them on your day is something out of the box…

Best part of having gifts is ‘CLICKING PICTURE OF ALL THE GIFTS TOGETHER ANF FLAUNTING THEM IN FRONT OF EVERYONE”

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A PERFECT BIRTHDAY SELFIE

It is the biggest reason for which we get properly dress up. We capture best of moments in one picture and cherish them later seeing them. Because birthdays are incomplete without capturing every moment and selife is a “NECESSITY’

“KYUNKI BOSS EK SELIFE TO FB COVER PIC BANTI HAI NA”

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THANKING EVERYONE AT THE END OF THE DAY FOR THEIR WISHES

It’s sort of a sad part of the day too because at last your birthday is gonna end but it brings excitement too, reading the messages and taking all the wishes make us feel on the top and thanking all the people makes the birthday girl/boy feel more good and exciting, talking to everyone about your birthday telling them each thing you had and sharing all the special moments with everyone gives us a chance to live those moments again!

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I also feel the same on my day hope you could also relate to these things.