Nobody knows the man behind Rajesh Khanna, because that never existed. This is how actor Dimple Kapadia describes her late superstar husband. The actor, who was in town with her younger daughter Rinke Khanna to inaugurate a retrospective of Rajesh Khanna’s films over the weekend, said she was humbled by the love shown by the actor’s fans during his last days.
“I have spent my entire life with him. I was 16 when I got married and I must say he was not a normal man but a very special man. There are so many things I want to say about him, but one thing which strikes me is that he had a DNA of a superstar,” she said. “Nobody knows the man behind Rajesh Khanna, because that never existed. In his last few days he had told me ‘pack up, show is over’,” Kapadia added.
The 55-year-old actor married Khanna in 1973. They separated in 1984. However, the couple united during Khanna’s last days. The actor says that Khanna, who passed away on July 18, lived his life with lot of grace. “He had said, ‘please see to it that I die with grace’. I thank his fans all over India for all the love and support they have given, this is what he wanted,” she said, adding, “If he were here today, he would want to say this ‘Hume tumse pyaar kitna yeh hum nahiin jaante magar ji nahi sakte tumhare bina.”
Officials of Directorate of Film Festival, who organised the retrospective, said they had planned the event much earlier but as Khanna was not well the time, it could not take place.