The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has dedicated a beautiful park in Lajpat Nagar v in the name of the former New Delhi member of parliament and the first and original Super Star of the the millenium Rajesh Khanna on 15th of December on the ocassion of Kaka’s 76th birth anniversary which falls on 29th December.
The legendary silver screen star late Rajesh Khanna’s actor wife Dimple Kapadia flew in from Mumbai to inaugurate the magnificient park at Lajpat Nagar, South Delhi as the chief guest in the presence of the former union minister n the current Delhi State Congress chief Ajay Maken, Councillor Abhishekh Dutt, Kaka’s friend n well wisher Naresh Juneja, Vipin Oberoi, his former media advisor n journalist Sunil Negi n hundreds of the local residents and the late superstar’s die hard fans.
The South Delhi municipal Corporation built a statue of the super star of yester years n former MP in the magnificient park at Lajpat Nagar 4 and dedicated it to the people amid chanting of Rajesh Khanna Amar Rahe slogans hailing the legendary actor.
On twenty six of December the Uttarakhand Journalists Forum and the musical company Harmony is jointly organising a musical evening at India Islamic Centre in honour of the great actor n super star Rajesh Khanna to commemorate his 76th Birth anniversary.
The venue is India Islamic Culture Centre and the event will start at 4.45 PM. The fascinating n mesmerising event has been jointly conceived by Kakaji’s former Media advisor n journalist Sunil Negi and the director of Harmony Ramesh Nautiyal under the sponsership of the prestigious Future Choice group, Noida and Elite Elevators and Excavators.
The chief guest of the programme is the CMD future choice group Piyush Dwivedi and the guest of honours are Rakesh Dhasmana and SS Negi.
About 25 prominent n upcoming singers from all over the country will sing the melodious Kaka’s super duper hit songs of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. People come n go but legendary icons like Rajesh Khanna aka KAKA are always immortal.
Obituary: Heartfelt tributes to George Sahib
A renowned socialist, a strong and powerful trade union leader of the Railways who brought its operations to stand still during seventies, union industry minister in Janata Party government under Morarji Desai closing the Coca Cola, railway minister under VP Singh’s government n overseeing the Kargil war in 1999 as the defence minister in prime minister Vajpayee’s cabinet George Fernandiz is no more. Suffering from Alzheimer since long and away from public life for the last few years Fernandiz breathed his last today after having been the victim of dreaded Swine flu at the age of 88.
The founder of Samata Party George Fernandiz breathed his last in a Delhi hospital. George Fernadiz was primarily a socialist who worked hard in trade union movements responsible for bringing Mumbai to complete halt in 1974 in support of the several demands of Railwaymen.
The then government of Congress led by late Smt. Indira Gandhi slapped against him the Baroda Dynamite case in order to demoralise him.
He was immensely instrumental in opposing the emergency from 1975 to 1977 n played a vital role in supporting the Janata Party ousting Indira Gandhi from power.
George was in jail for a pretty long time but was released after the formation of Janata Party in 1977 and was appointed as the union industry minister. It was the time of the License Raj and George Fernandiz who was by nature n ideology against the industrialists was always at loggerheads with them.
He always kept the affluents n rich industrialists at bay n kept them waiting for hours outside his ministerial chamber who came to see him.
It was during the tenure of Fernandiz as industry minister that foreign company proprietors operating in India were in real problems. He slapped foreign exchange violation charges against the then powerful companies like Coca Cola n IBM thus forcing them to leave India.
It was indeed a remarkable decision by a socialist minister against foreign companies operating in India and openly violating the foreign exchange norms.
George Fernandiz send shivers down the spine of the big industrial houses of the country resulting in extracting maximum tax output from them.
Born in a christian family of Karnataka George Fernandiz started his career in socio political life as a dynamic trade unionist having become nationally popular after his Railway Strike in 1974 bringing the entire Mumbai to stand still.
He served as the Industry minister under Morarji Desai followed by his induction as Railway minister in VP Singh’s government in 1989. He was minister of Defence in Vajpayee’s cabinet having supervised n monitored the entire Kargil war.
He served as a strong defence minister full of knowlege n clear cut vision. George was in bad health after 2009 while being the Rajya Sabha member having lost his memory suffering from Alzheimer desease.
George Fernandiz also edited a magazine ” Pratipaksh” from Hauz khas office for a long time carrying progressive articles on the working class, women n ideological issues.
The president of India Ram Nath Kovind, Prime minister Narendra Modi n Rahul Gandhi etc condoled his death. PM Modi tweeted: Georhe Fernandiz was a free, frank n fearless n never deviated from his ideology. I also got the privilege to interview him twice at his 3 Krishna Menon Marg residence while he was the union minister.
Rajesh Khanna’s birth anniversary celebrated with gaiety and fervour
The former chief minister of Uttarakhand and the AICC general secretary Harish Rawat pronounced bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna as the super star of the Millenium saying that not only was he the heart throb of the billions in India n abroad amongst his Indian fans who gave real meaning to Super Stardom terminology but as a member of parliament from New Delhi during the nineties he also performed his duties and responsibilities towards his electorates with complete zeal, enthusiasm and dedication.
Rawat said while in politics, Rajesh Khanna, despite his highly elevated super star stature in films during his career spanning more than forty years, he behaved like a modest politician available to each n everyone round the clock to resolve their grievances. He said Rajesh Khanna jitne khaas the utne hi aam bhi the kyonki sadi ke superstar hone ke bavjood ve ek behatareen insaan bhi the jo bataur MP hamesha sabki seva ke liye tatpar rehte the.
The former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat was addressing the audience while paying his heartfelt tributes to the first and original super star of Bollywood on his 76th Birth anniversary who acted in more than 200 movies and entertained the masses for three decades or more with his outstanding histrionics in his super duper hit movies of 60s, 70s n even eighties.
The event to commemorate Kaka’s 76th birth anniversary was organised on 26th December at India Islamic Culture Centre jointly by Uttarakhand Journalists Forum and Harmony in association with the Future Choice Group and Elite Elevators and Excavators.
Kaka’s birthday falls on 29th December n this was an advance celebrations by his die hard fans.
The mesmerising musical evening attracted large number of audience who remained stuck to their seats for more than three hours attentively listening to the singing stars from Mumbai and Delhi singing Kaka’s super hit melodies of his stardom era.
Prominent Singer Saira Khan, Ramesh Nautiyal, Director Harmony, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa little champ Vasundhara Raturi, S Mukerjee, his talented melodious singer daughter Anushka , Rahul Yadav, actor n singer Vimal Uniyal and several other singers sang Kaka’s super duper hit melodies of 60s, 70s n 80s and enthralled the audience with their melodious voice and exceptional singing style.
The orchestra ” MUSIC DESIGNER” deserve full appreciation for its mesmerising music that kept the audience fully intact to their sitting positions toll 9.30 P.M.
Vasundhara Raturi n Ramesh Nautiyal sung exceptionally well n acknowleged standing ovation with melody queen Saira from Mumbai making everybody dance to her melodious songs.
The chairman of the Future Choice Group Piyush Dwivedi was the chief guest on the ocassion while G. S. Rawat of Supreme Advertising, Rakesh Dhasmana n S. S. Negi, both directors of Elite Escalators and Excavators were the guest of honour.
Several prominent persons of the evening were also felicitated with Rajesh Khanna trophies including the singers. Prominent amongst those felicitated on this ocassion by Harish Rawat and Piyush Dwivedi were : chief organisor of the show n Kaka’s media Advisor n journalist , Sunil Negi, Vipin Oberoi, Rajesh Pandey, Rakesh Dhasmana, S. S. Negi, Narendra Ladwal, prominent singer Vasundhara Raturi, S. Bannerjee, Bharat Upmanyu, Chandan Singh Gusain, Director Harmony Ramesh Nautiyal, Actor Singer Vimal Uniyal, Saira Khan, literateur Lalit Keshwan, Vinod Nautiyal, India Greens, entrepreneur n social activist Virendra Suyal, Secretary GHFC Anil Negi, Shyam Adhikari, Advocate Supreme Court Z K Faizan, Khushal Singh Rawat, Surendra Kumar Negi, Dr. Surya Prakash Semwal, Sr. Journalist Abhishekh Bachchan, advocate Sandeep Sharma, Vimla Rawat, Saira Khan, Naresh Khanna and Rajesh Yadav etc. It was indeed a jam packed mesmerising evening enjoyed and entertained by one and all.
Apart from all this I would not forget to say that Kaka’s endearing smile, his inimitable histrionics and outstanding sense of wearing fashionable attires left solid indelible impressions in the minds n hearts of his billion of his fans n followers world around. That’s the reason we say: Kaka is immortal.
The programme was ably anchored by Naresh Khanna.
Remembering Kaka is like remembering an era of Superstardom ! Join us on 26th December at Islamic Centre, New Delhi
The Uttarakhand Journalists Forum in association with a renowned entertaining musical group of the capital,Harmony, famous for organising legendary Bollywood musician RD Burman’s musical nights in Delhi every year, is organising a grand musical evening at the prestigious India Islamic Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 26th December from 5.00 PM to 10.00 PM to commemorate the 76th Birth Anniversary of the first and original superstar of Bollywood Rajesh Khanna aka Kaka n MP who would have been of 76 years, had he been physically within us.
Having entertained billions of his fans globally by his outstanding histrionics and distinctive performance as a superstar n incredible hero of more than 200 films during his chequered career of four decades in Bollywood Rajesh Khanna is a legend unparalleled pronounced as the superstar of the millenium.
Having given more than two dozens of super duper hits and having acted in over 200 films Rajesh Khanna was a phenomena who ruled the hearts of billions of his die hard fans world over for years together.
We miss him too much. However, the true fact is Rajesh Khanna never dies. He is immortal.
In order to remember this true original and only super star of Indian Bollywood silver screen may we request all of you to join us by paying tributes to the SUPER STAR OF THE MILLENIUM RAJESH KHANNA AKA KAKAJI on 26th December 2018 at INDIA ISLAMIC CENTRE AUDITORIUM, LODHI ROAD, NEW DELHI.
Several outstanding singers from Delhi, Mumbai and other parts of India would sing Kaka’s song and make the evening really memorable. So do come n be the significant part of the mesmerising evening of Rajesh Khanna’s super duper songs of his golden n diamond jubilee movies. Eagerly looking forward to see all of you.
REMEMBERING KAKA IS LIKE REMEMBERING AN ERA OF SUPERSTARDOM
New multi storey building comes up at Kaka’s sprawling Bungalow Ashirvad’s place in Mumbai
A multistoreyed building has come up in place of Vardaan Ashirvad, the one time magnificient bungalow of the original and only Superstar of the millenium Rajesh Khanna, as recognised by billions of his fans globally. This new multistorey building near completion belongs to the owner Shashi Shetty, executive chairman of Mumbai based Allcargo Logistics who purchased Ashirvad from Kaka’s family after his sad demise for merely Rs 95 crores which was then quoted as the under rated price of the 6,500 square foot sea facing bungalow situated at Carter Road, Mumbai.
The abrupt sale of the Bungalow was the result of the then ongoing feud between Anita Advani (with whom the late star had a live in relationship) and the family of Rajesh Khanna, as the later were apprehensive about the valuable property. Anita had then claimed that the part proceeds of the sale of the property be given to her which was however denied by the court.
Ashirvaad was the Super star’s most likened Bungalow which he wanted to be converted into a memorial but after its demolition the super star of the millenium’s dreams have been razed to ground by his own family whom he loved so much. Ashirvaad was Kaka’s dream come true when he bought “Dimple” the earlier name of Ashirvaad for about 6 lakh rupees from the then popular hero Rajendra Kumar aka Jubilee Kumar who thought that it’s unlucky for him. Kaka was very fond of this house on whose main upper drawing room entrance he very lovingly fixed the huge picture decently framed consisting of Late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi voting for him in New Delhi alongwith Sonia Gandhi n him. A classic picture, the original negative of which was procured by me from one of the photo journalists of a leading Delhi paper after Kaka’s insistence.
Kaka named it Ashirvaad and felt it lucky for him as it was his stay here that since then his elevation as a Super star got a new flight. Kaka signed Hathi Mere Sathi exclusively to pay the advance money to Rajender Kumar which was Kaka’s precondition to sign the movie.
It was here that Kaka’s white Cheverolet/ Impala used to be kissed by hundreds of college going girls to convert it in a red or pink colour. It was here during his hey days as super star that a long bee line of Bollywoods director/ producers was formed to sign him for their movies. It was this house that saw Dimple’s exit after fued with Kaka. It was here that he was blessed with two lovely daughters. It was here that his one time lover besides Anju Mahendru, Tina Munim lived for several years and it was this very historic Ashivaad which once existed and where Kaka breathed his last on the black day of 16th July 2012 at the age of 70/71.
Today, Ashirvad is non existent leaving behind hundreds of memoroes of his hey days as the Super star of Millenium who made an outstanding mark in hundreds of films giving more than 25 super duper hits and still ruling the hearts of billions of his fans globally by his extraordinay and mesmerising histrionics.
A legend who never dies: He is none else but Rajesh Khanna ! I was also lucky enough to be at Ashirvad once and have the fragrance of its facinating environs while I was associated this towering film legend as his media advisor who considered me his younger brother, earnestly.
According to Bhupesh Raseen my close friend who remained in Kaka’s close proximity during n before his last days say:
Whenever I am in Mumbai, I just want to be there at “Aashirwad”, Carter Road where I have spent lot of time & many times stayed together with big brother, Rajesh Khanna ji.. While writing this post, I am still there opp. Aashirwad….. Missing Kaka ji badly..
Now there is no more “Aashirwad”. Present status of Aashirwad as per the below picture (today at 1:46 PM). ( picture of a new building with blue cover clicked by Bhupesh Raseen)
What’s your take, friends?
Bhoolie Bisree Yadein/ Memories of the nineties with super star turned politician Rajesh Khanna
Bhoolee Bisree Yadein/Down the memory lane
This picture is also of the nineties after the Uttarkashi earthquake of Garhwal, Uttarakhand.
I remember, those days, there was a usual trend of sending the relief materials to the earthquake affected villages of Uttarkashi, not only from the various nook n corners of the country but also from abroad. This natural disaster, an earthquake claimed several lives and led to colossal loss of properties and economy . DELHI being the capital of India was also in the forefront to dispatch maximum relief material to the victims and their families of this Himalayan Zone Uttarakashi, Chama village financially n in kind.
As a sequel to this, Mr. Ramesh Dutta, the then municipal councillor(Gandhi cap) from Minto Road Delhi and Rajesh Khanna’s ardent follower and a very humorous politician as well, arranged a truck full of relief materials like food stuffs, medicines and clothes for Uttarkashi villagers n invited Rajesh Khanna, the then New Delhi MP to flagoff the vehicle from Lajpat Nagar, Delhi.
Since I was looking after Kaka’ s media n political affairs, I usually ocompanied him in meetings n functions and as such, was there on that day as well having accompanied him from his house.
It may be recalled that the first and original super star of India Rajesh Khanna joined active politics on the personel inviation of the prime minister Rajiv Gandhi whom Kaka respected and adored too much. It was his long cherished dream to enter parliament as an MP n then become minister but after his political mentor’s death everything failed.
Prior to joining active politics Kaka did 106 solo hero films of which 97 got released between 1967 and 2013. He acted in only 22 films with multi-star cast. 82 of the 127 films with Khanna as the lead protagonist (of them 117 released and 11 unreleased) were critically acclaimed films with ratings above 4 stars out of 5 by film reviewers of various newspapers unanimously.
Rajesh Khanna aka Kaka made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat. During his career he appeared in more than 168 feature films and 12 short films. He received the Filmfare Best Actor Award three times and the BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) four times. In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for achieving the feat of doing the most solo hero films in Hindi Cinema and in 2005, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the highest paid Indian actor from 1970 to 1987 whereas Amitabh Bachchan shared the same tag with Khanna from 1980 to 1987.
Kaka was also a Lok Sabha member of the Indian National Congress from New Delhi (Lok Sabha constituency) from 1992 to 1996.
He married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, eight months before her debut film Bobby was released and had two daughters from the marriage. Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna is married to actor Akshay Kumar, while they also have a younger daughter Rinke Khanna.
Rajesh Khanna met his sad demise on 18 July 2012, after suffering from severe liver ailment. Kaka has been posthumously awarded India’s third highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan. On 30 April 2013 he was bestowed the title First Superstar of Indian cinema at the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards. He has also been honored with a stamp and statue in his likeness, and a road being renamed after him. (WP)
Seen in the picture is Kakaji interacting with me ( in beard) n others include Ramesh Dutta, councillor, Naresh Juneja n volunteers of the social organistion Swabhimani Welfare Society.
Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum
OLD MEMORIES DIE HARD. WHEN KAKA GAVE INTERVIEW TO A REPORTER AT 2.00 AM AT HIS VASANT KUNJ FLAT
Today, I am again feeling like writing on Kakaji, Rajesh Khanna the super star of millenium.
An actor par excellence, unparalleled, real first super star with outstandingly mesmerising personality, a unique and stylish legend of Bollywood who carried behind him an era and still fresh in everybody’s mind blossoming like a fresh rose never ever to be erased from the minds and hearts of his billions of Indian fans globally.
Kaka was Kaka, a true phenomena of Bollywood, a legend forever. I was lucky enough to have been in close proximity with him for at least a decade and thereafter as well, till he left for his eternal home.
Kaka was kind, warm hearted, humane, generous, as fragile emotionally as a child and as strong as a determined soldier on our borders fighting the enemy under odd situations and circumstances.
Kaka did about 225 films and gave several super duper hits, silver, golden and diamond jubiliees.
A heart throb of billions KAKAS’ never die. They are always immortal. I have had several ocassions to dine and drink with him, to share his Dunhill cigarettes and accompany him in hundreds of events and meetings.
It was quite obvious being his media advisor while he was the Congress party’s contestent and thereafter while he was an elected MP.
He had tremendous love and respect for those whom he loved from the core of his heart and I feel myself to be one of the luckiest.
There are number of personel experiences I had, while being in his close company.
Though he was a superstar till the end with his priorities and protocol fixed but would often compromise his flamboyance n personal protocols for friends like me.
Kakaji considered me as his brother than anything else and he would often give the proof of this relationship while introducing me to his colleagues say: ye mere chote bhai ki tarah hai. Jitna Negi ne mere liye kiya main kabhi bhoon nahi sakta. WOW.
I remember, in 1992 when Kaka filed the nomination papers against Shatrughan Sinha from New Delhi he came back tired to his Vasant Kunj residence and was closeted with his family Dimple, Twinkle and Rinki who had arrived the very evening from.Mumbai.
It was the midnight time. The leaders and supporters of Congress party who followed him till Vasant Kunj were slowly leaving the place and by then it was 1.00 am or even more.
I came down his house after bidding good night to Kakaji. Meanwhile, a young handsome reporter of Statesman who had been following all along namely Sanjay Kaw, now the bureau chief of The Asian Age met me who was desperate enough to interview Kaka.
He repeatedly requested me to arrange an interview. I was shocked. It was 2. 00 AM by that time and Kaka was all tired having booz and involved with his family upstairs.
Kaka’s security would not allow anyone to go upstairs and meet him as he had already asked not to allow anyone in.
I was in tizzy, what to do and what not. Being his media advisor, I do not want to annoy the reporter friend as well. I said wait.
I’ll try, thinking it’s neigh to impossible. I anyhow managed to talk to Kakaji who arrogantly sad Negi what r u talking? It’s 2 am now. I insisted and said that it will appear in the front page of statesman and would be useful from.the publicity angle. Kaka asked : How is it possible?
I said the newspaper has been stooped for print only for your interview. Kaka though angry and not in a mood could’nt annoy me and gave a green signal. I informed Sanjay Kaw. Happily and thrilled Sanjay went upstairs and interviwed Kaka in the mid of the night in the presence of Dimple Khanna and also introduced him to his star wife and children Twinkle n Rinki.
Sanjay Kaw was really a high spirited journalist who never lost hope and was credited to be the first young journalist to interview him after filing of the nomination papers at 2.00 AM and got it published on the front page of statesman to the surprise of KAKA, the next morning.
Sanjay had especially requested his editor to keep the print of the first page delayed. He went to office at 5 30 AM, filed the interview and the story and surprised everyone.
I appreciate KAKA’s kind gesture and generosity to acede to my request and give the interview at 2.00 AM despite his booz consuming time and being busy with his family who’d come from Mumbai the very dayn badly tired as well.
So generous and affectionate was KAKA for his friends or media who could spare time for an interview at the mid of the night despite his being badly tired.
Kaka was a very good human being despite his towering personality.
Once I was with Kaka all alone in his Vasany Kunj Druplex flat. Again a midnight. We drank. Kaka served me food. We sat together on the carpetted floor. Kaka served the food with his own hands. Compelled me to eat enough and would not let me do anything. That night I slept in his flat being too late.
He was truly a generous and a man with hospitability. Can you imagine Kaka taking out mutton and other stuff from he fridge. Heating them in the oven. Then immaculately bringing them on tray and serving me most affectionately. Amazing moments indeed.
I’ll be sharing with you many more personal experiences with him in the future.
OLD MEMORIES DIE HARD… Kaka the great!
These two pictures are of 1992 and 1994. One is of the meeting held outside the NDMC building near Jantar Mantar and another of his visit to the Bara Hindu Rao hospital to meet people addmitted there after consuming spurious liquor.
It was around nine O clock evening and his visit was hurriedly arranged. Kaka met every patient and talked to doctors as well as the deputy commissioner of police to bring the illicit bootleggers to justice.
He also demanded adequate compensation for the bereaved poor families whose only earning member of the family died after consuming the illicit liquor.
During those days black and white pictures were prominent because the newspapers were’nt in colour. The colour pictures came a year after.
I fondly remember the hectic days of campaigning when Kaka was contesting as the Congress candidate from the New Delhi parliamentary constituency against the BJP’s Shatrughan Sinha.
It was quite an interesting political fight as both of them were Bollywood fame actors, one famous as a superstar of yester years and another a popular villain of the silver screen.
This was Kaka’s second election from New Delhi as he lost the first election against the BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani by merely 1500 votes but the latter preferred to opt ( for) the Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat seat from where also he had won simultaneously.
Actually, Advaniji had contested from New Delhi as well as the Gandhi Nagar seats as he was apprehensive to lose New Delhi as Kaka’s aura as a Super star and a heart throb of millions compelled the BJP stalwart not to take any risk.
Though Advaniji had won but a margin of merely 1500 votes was nothing as compared to his image and popularity, particularly in view of the New Delhi constituency being the BJP’s traditional strong hold earlier represented by him as well as the former PM AB Vajpayee. Therefore it was a huge setback for the BJP then.
Kaka was asked by Rajiv Gandhi the then PM to contest from New Delhi despite the fact that the super star was not so keen to take the risk, this being his first contest.
But insiders say that the former Spl. Assistent of Indira Gandhi R. K. Dhawan and the then President and former minister HKL Bhagat assured Rajiv Gandhi of his victory by all means.
Hence Rajiv Gandhi called Rajesh Khanna to Delhi and personally convinced Kaka to contest which he could not deny, he being Rajivji’s fan and the latter being his.
The day Kaka met Rajiv Gandhi and got the green signal to contest from New Delhi he was staying in a suite in Hotel Ashok where I got an opportunity to meet him for the first time at 10.00 PM in the night and discuss on issues related to his election for two hours.
Sr journalist and former minister Rajiv Shukla too was with him at that point of time who, closely associated people say was also instrumental in encouraging KAKA for the contest and fixing his meeting with Rajiv Gandhi. Kaka’s trusted friend and leutinent from Mumbai Stevan Fernadiz was also there at that point of time.
It was in this meeting when Kaka asked me help him in his elections and my association continued there after as his media advisor.
A CHEF CART, “THE TREAT,” WHERE KAKA USED TO DINE WHILE IN DELHI REMINDS OF THE SUPER STAR RAJESH KHANNA, fully studded with his pictures
There are millions of die hard fans of Rajesh Khanna aka Kaka in India and abroad and so am I who worked as his media advisor for over a decade or so but Vipin Oberoi is a unique die hard fan of his who and who’s entire family have been in so close proximity during Kaka’s thick and thin that after the super star of the millenium Kaka’s leaving for the eternal home Vipin acknowledges the same affection and love from Dimple, her daughters and even the super star of today Akshay Khanna, late Kaka’s son in law.
Vipin Oberoi my close trusted friend and Kaka’sdie hard fan, had tremendous obsession and admiration for Kakaji since beginning but actually came in his direct and regular contact when Kaka arrived in Delhi to contest the parliamentary election from New Delhi on Congress ticket on the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s insistence.
I however had joined Kaka from day one as his media advisor and met Vipin thereafter. Vipin was then a businessmen dealing with electronics gadgets like televisions and other items but was so badly involved in Kaka’s election that he has to give away that profitable business unwillingly.
He has a lovely family, with both the daughters having settled abroad after doing their law. Vipin then had no option but to start a chef cart/ van in Cannaught at Janpath that he got with Kaka’s support and blessings. It later on was shifted behind the prestigious Jesus and Merry college in Chanakyapuri, a prestigious Diplomatic Enclave.
Fully studded with Rajesh Khanna’s pictures and his superhit songs going on round the clock makes the environment in and around the vicinity fully glamorous and pleasent.
Kaka used to very often visit this chef cart called The Treat with the intent to help Vipin increase his sale. He loved and blessed Vipin Oberoi always and used to visit the place during night time after 9 till 11 or 12, sometime with Bollywood stars as well.
Kaka’s wife and a popular actress Dimple and children Twinkle and Rinki if in Delhi also casually visit the place and bless Vipin who’d been in Kaka’s close proximity for more than three decades, taking care of his eating requirements and other things whenever the star turned MP used to be in Delhi.
Vipin travelled with Kaka in several political campaignings as well in Delhi and other parts of the country. I myself had also visited the van, the Treat number of times and met Kaka there and had dinner with him who fortunately always held me in high esteem.
The Treat prepares fantastic and delicious non veg items consumed by good number of customers and Kaka’s fan who visit the place every alternate days with family and friends from various nooks and corners of Delhi. Vipin Oberoi alongwith Kaka’s colleagues and fans in Delhi every year celebrate and remember this great legend by organising a Bhandara and prayer meeting at the venue of THE TREAT in Chanakyapuri.
The treat is the best address for individuals and family goers for dinner non vegetarian n vegetarian delicacies where Kaka used to usually dine while he was alive.
Zindagi ke safar mein guzar jaate hain jo mukaam, vo phir nahi aate! Today is Kaka’s 6th death anniversary
Today is the sixth death anniversary of an original super star of India film industry, Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna aka Kakaji, a superstar par excellence, an actor incomparable, an outstanding phenomena, a king of histrionics and a large hearted decent human being who on this day left for his eternal home leaving his billions of followers and fans in grief.
Rajesh Khanna the acting and style legend is earnestly born once in a century who leave his indelible mark on everybody’s mind and heart for years and years to come.
Though Kaka is not with us physically today but his super duper hit films, his mesmerising acting, stylish appearence and songs still entertain crores of his fans worldwide.
As Sachin Tendulkar is a God of Indian cricket so is Kaka is to his fans around the globe.
Born in Amritsar and adopted by the near relative Kaka hailed from a business family who outstandingly qualified himself in first position amongst the 10000 competetors in an artist talent hunt competetion in Mumbai during the seventies, never to look back thereafter.
Starting as a debut hero from Akhiri Khat or Akhiri Rasta, am not pretty sure, handsome with an outstanding God gifted personality originally Jatin Khanna, Kaka gave 15 super duper hits in a row from 1969 to 1974 followed by his other movies establishing a record of sorts in the Mumbai film industry.
He in all acted in about 225 films and was such a popular hero of his time that college girls used to kiss his ampala car in abundance, marry him in dreams n real life and wrote letters with their own blood.
Some of his movies like Amar Prem, Hathi Mere Sathi, Amar Prem, Anand, Safar, Avishkar, Kati Patang, Aan Milo Sajna, Dushman, Aap Ki Kasam, Roti, Prem Kahani etc etc impressed his fans tremendously thus leaving an impressive mark on their minds and hearts.
After Anand and Namak Haram Kaka’s downslide started coming with a ferocious speed.
He joined active politics on the personal request of the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and became the member of parliament from New Delhi, first having been defeated by the BJP stalwart L. K. Advani by merely 15000 votes and then winning against actor Shatrughan Sinha with a handsome margin from New Delhi.
Kaka dated two actresses during his life time, one Anju Mahendru before marriage and Tina Munim after marriage with whom he also acted in ALAG ALAG, his home production.
Though Kaka led a magnificient life of a super star during his hey days but was a lonely man at the last lap of his life shuttling between Delhi’s Sarvpriya Vihar residence and Ashirvaad in Mumbai.
He had special liking for ASHIRVAD, his magnificient bunglow facing the sea at Carter Road. His fans used to wait for a single glimpse of his, outside his house in Mumbai for hours together, such was his towering aura and ambience and when the girls used to see his Ampala they kissed it thinking that they have kissed the super star.
Kaka was a great fan of Rajiv Gandhi and Rajiv was his, which very few people know.
He purchased Ashirvaad Bunglow from the veteran actor Rajendra Kumar, then famous as jubilee kumar as his every film used to be a hit then.
Kaka signed Hathi Mere Sathi and asked the South Indian producer to give him an advance payment. He received Rs. five lakhs then as an advance payment which he gave to Rajendra Kumar for Ashirvaad which was then named as Dimple.
Rajendra kumar considered this house as inauspicious as his down fall started from here while for Kaka, Ashirvaad was too lucky.
Kakaji developed strained relations with Dimple Kapadia as he was against her working in films which she objected to.
Though Dimple Kapadia served Kaka during his last days while he was ill, Kaka named his will of property and entire wealth in the name of her both the daughters Twinkle and Rinki with not a single pie to Dimple, his legally wedded life.
Kaka was highly desirous and it was his long cherished dream to make ASHIRVAAD his museum but fate has something else stored for the future. Since the last controvertial women who lived with Kaka during the last leg of his life Anita Gidwani had claimed a part of the Ashirvaad for having been with the star in his thick and thin, Akshay Kumar and Dimple sold the house to the builders to keep themselves free from the impending controversy n dispute.
Kaka, might definitely been weeping in heaven for his Bangalows destruction which he wanted to be his museum.
My heartfelt rich tributes to this towering superstar of his time with the pray to God that his pious soul rests in peace for ever.
Days in Kakas association : Gems of remembrances
A few memorable moments with Rajesh Khanna?
I consider it my good fortune that just after a day or two when he joined Congress party officially in 1990/91 , I got an opportunity to meet him in his suite Hotel Ashok. The meeting lasted for more than an hour from 11.00 PM to 12 PM in which the senior journalist and former minister Rajiv Shukla was also present. I consider this meeting as a very significant one with Kaka as just after this , I joined him as his Media Advisor.
When Kaka became Member of Parliament he was staying in Vasant Kunj’s druplex HIG Flat . The govt. accommodation was not allotted to him by then. I was then staying in sector 7 , Rama Krishna Puram, New Delhi. During the parliament sessions Kaka used to come to my house every day at 11.00 am along with his convoy and lift me to parliament alongwith him. Initially the neighbours and the people living around didn’t noticed but after a day or two a whispering campaign started that Rajesh khanna used to come in a particular house in our sector i.e. sector 7 ,RKP, New Delhi everyday at a particular time. Actually somebody notice Kakaji coming to my house downstairs everyday and the news spread fast. From next day people started gathering and when kakaji came they used to garland him and the local paanvallas’s used to prepare special paan (beetle) for him with a request to have it. Kaka generously obliged. Since people started gathering near my house at that particular time to greet the super star turned MP daily and sometimes people with cameras to have pictures with him , I had to request Kaka to avoid coming as this may create problems for him. Thereafter, I used to come out in the main road and Kakaji used to fetch me from near Sangam Cinema on the main road to avoid any inconvenience.
I remember one incident of Minto Road. While the campaigning of Kaka’s election was in full swing in the New Delhi parliamentary constituency in the month of August, 1991, a death occurred in one of the Jhuggi clusters’ of Minto road and the old man who died was a washer man. There was mourning in the family and the corpse of the dead was lying outside the house to be finally taken for crematorium. In the meanwhile the local area councillor Ramesh Dutta came rushing to Rajesh Khanna’s house requesting him to come to Minto Road and attend the funeral of a poor washer man in order to condole the poor and grieved family. Since it was the election time and Kaka was the Congress candidate his visit was inevitable to express his grief. Kaka agreed to Ramesh Dutta’s request and accompanied him to the house of the expired washer man. When Kaka reached there to express his grief , I was surprised and shocked to see his sons, daughter in law and other relatives instead of acknowledging his grief smilingly welcomed Rajesh Khanna and one by one started posing for photographs with him alongside the father’s corpse. Rajesh insisted not to do so, but they refused to listen him and instead called a photographer and got pictures clicked in various poses. They forgot about the father’s sad demise and the total family members one by one felt more delighted to have their pictures with Kaka. Though Kaka was not at ease , he had to oblige them unwillingly. Such was the aura of this superstar. When the opposition came to know about Kaka’s visit the BJP candidate also visited them and the next photo session started with another leader. I was awestruck. The family forgot about the grief but was more interested to have photo clicks with Kaka, the super star.
During the elections, I took Kaka in good number of Uttrakhandi cultural programmes in New Delhi as well as in other constituencies of Delhi. I remember in one of the programmes of Narendra Singh Negi, in Moti Nagar, I made Kaka the chief guest. I had to accompany him to this cultural programme of Narendra Singh Negi. On knowing that Kaka is coming in this programme there was a huge rush, hundreds of thousands of people had gathered around to have the glimpse of the heart throb of the millions. Due to some lack of coordination I could not accompany Kaka but since it was my programme Kaka went along with some people on his own to Moti Nagar, thinking that I must have already reached here on my own. When Kaka reached the venue after great difficulty he was escorted to the stage. Since I was not there my name was being announced again and again by the organisers. When Kaka got the opportunity to address it as chief guest , he clearly said that he would not have come in this programme without Sunil Negi who he don’t know has gone, where. But since I was specifically asked by Sunil negi to come here I came here to seek your blessings. He said he loves me and have come in this programme to maintain/ honour the commitment given to me ( SunilNegi) . The public clapped and I was told about all this the next day by the people who had been to this programme. Such was Kaka’s affection for me.
Not only this but whenever I used to meet Kaka after the elections when he was MP or even after he lost, he used to introduce me to his friends with tremendous respect and would praise me and my work like anything. He even used to say that the amount of media management and other support done or given to me by Sunil Negi during and after the elections, I can’t forget. This huge compliment was no less than a coveted award for me from Kaka, the glorious super star and a Bollywood legend.
I fondly remember, there was a programme organised by Kaka’s fans and supporters in Aiwane Ghalib during his tenure as MP on a special occasion. Kaka was invited as Chief Guest. It was a musical evening. The programme had number of magnificient dance numbers. Though Kaka never performed on filmy songs in such programmes but here when the song of AAP KI KASAM, ( Jai Jai Shiv Shankar) was sung Kaka all of a sudden came on the stage and performed as if he was performing in a film. It was a class dance by Kaka in traditional Kurta Pyjama, in his unique and outstanding style. Everybody stood up and gave him a standing ovation amidst clapping for continuously more than five minutes.
When Kaka was living in Som Vihar Appartment, RK Puram for a short duration my younger brother’s marriage was taking place . Kaka was invited by me to attend this marriage. It was the same day when Rajiv Gandhi visited Sriperumbudur after casting his vote in the New Delhi Parliamentary election with Rajesh Khanna. Kaka came to the marriage function at 9.30 , the venue being at Sector 2, RK Puram, New Delhi. When Kaka arrived there, pre informed, there was huge rush inside the marriage Pandal as everybody wanted to see him, shake hand with him and take pictures. Kaka stayed there for hardly 15 minutes when he got the sad news that his mentor, his guru, his friend and his fan Rajiv Gandhi has been brutally assassinated. I remember after hearing this sad news inside the marriage pandal of my brother at sector 2, R.K. Puram Kaka had literally wept and left for 10 Janpath to express his grief . Kaka was at teen Murti the whole night and the other day as well and mourned Rajiv’s death considering it as a huge personal loss. His words were: he lost his God father, amid tears rolling down his eyes.
While I helped Rajesh Khanna in his media management in his first election when he got defeated by just 1500 votes against BJP’s stalwart lal Krishna Advani, I could’nt join him for the second time due to some difficulties as I was engaged in some other important work. In the second election Kaka was contesting against the BJP’s Shatrughan Sinha when Advani preferred Gandhi Nagar to New Delhi from where the latter had won by a huge margin. Since I was not there Kaka send me umpteen messages through his well wishers but I was not interested at all. Kaka called me number of times as well. Finally my wife said , now it’s enough if Kakaji is requesting you so much , why don’t you go and extend him a helping hand. In the absence of media management he wasn’t getting that much of positive coverage which he used to get earlier in the previous election. I finally made up my mind to meet and help him. I remember it was about 1.00 in the afternoon. There were people all around inside the 81, Lodhi Estate. I opened the main entrance and while entering saw Kaka standing at the middle of the road all alone. On seeing me coming from a distance, I think, he may be annoyed badly for not responding to his repeated calls, but to my utter surprise he came to me and hugged me in affection for more than three minutes and welcomed me again. People standing around were looking with surprise Kaka hugging me in full public glare. I worked for him then and Kaka won that election against Shatru with a very good marjin.
One day I was sitting with Kakaji in his Vasant Kunj House. I thought why not to request him to get me a government accommodation allotted in my cousin brothers’ name who worked in Govt. job so that I can live there comfortably since Kaka had very friendly relations with the then minister for Urban Development. I talked to Rajesh Khanna and he readily agreed to help me. He immediately got himself connected to the minister and talked to him the very day. Since the case was genuine and my cousin was officially entitled for the same but was not getting it, the minister agreed to help. Kaka called me to parliament with the request after completing the necessary official formalities and asked the concerned minister to do the needful which he did in all earnestness. Kaka was too satisfied that at least he has done something for me. I stayed in that house for few years alongwith my allotee brother’s family. There are umpteen such memories with the super star of the millenium which I would be sharing with you in the near future. Please express your comments whether you liked them or not.
SUNIL NEGI/ THE THEN MEDIA ADVISOR TO RAJESH KHANNA
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