In November 1969, Rajesh Khanna had walked on our silver screen and had become India's first superstar with his superhit film, Aradhana. He was born to be a superstar, and he had lived his life the same way. Rajesh Khannahad given 15 consecutive hit films from 1969-1971. The entire nation was madly-in-love with him and his iconic characters, which he had played on the big screen. We still remember his famous dialogue, 'Babumoshai, Zindagi badhi honi chahiye, lambi nahin." Well, his life was indeed a big hit when he had taken his last breath at the age of 69.
During Rajesh Khanna's last days, it was his wife, Dimple Kapadia, who had remained the guarding force in his life. At the mere age of sixteen, Dimple Kapadia had tied the knot with then-superstar, Rajesh Khanna. Many girls' hearts had broken, and many had taken their lives when they had heard the news of Rajesh Khanna's wedding.
After getting married, Dimple had left her acting career for her family. But soon, their perfect family life had hit the rough patch, and they had gotten separated in the year 1982. While their marital life had gone through a lot of ups and downs, Dimple had remained an important ally in the life of Rajesh Khanna till his last breath.
Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia's love story is nothing less than a Bollywood movie. While scrolling on the web, we found a 2013 interview of Dimple Kapadia with 24/7 Emirates. Dimple had revealed the similarities between Rajesh Khanna and her grandson, Aarav. She had said, "Aarav is exactly like him. He talks less like Kakaji. Whenever I get dressed to go out, he will just pass by give a glance and with is head turning towards his right he would comment, "Nani you look exquisite!" And move on."
Dimple had remembered the time when Rajesh Khanna had said that Aarav would be the next superstar, "I can see the spark in his eyes. He is mad like Kakaji. I remember once while Kakaji sent a sweet box to Aarav just a year before he died. I told him how you could give him the box without writing anything on it? He then wrote, "To naughty one from the nana whom you love." That was his style. He could have written, "From the Nana who loves you." I have clicked a picture and preserved it. When Aarav grows up, I shall present it to him."
In an interview with The Times of India, Dimple Khanna had talked about Rajesh Khanna and had said, "He was the greatest actor alive. At least to me, he was. I fell in love with a superstar who was unique. Everything he did was so different, including his gestures and expressions. Importantly, he was good with his fans. Just the other day, I was on a flight when a guy came up to me and said: 'Dimpleji, I was a big fan of your husband."
Well, Rajesh Khanna is still alive in the hearts of Dimple Kapadia and his millions of fans!