'I always told Pramod not to pamper his brother'

An emotional Prabhavati Mahajan speaks about her slain son Pramod in her grandson's documentary, reports Sweta Ramanujan-Dixit.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 22:42 IST

Woh Thane ka potta mere liye April 22 ko hi mar gaya tha. (For me, that boy from Thane died on April 22)."

This is what Prabhavati Mahajan feels for her younger son, Pravin, after he allegedly shot his brother, senior Bhartiya Janata Party Leader Pramod Mahajan, on April 22, 2006.

As the slain BJP leader's mother spoke into a camera that was shooting her first-ever interview on Mahajan's death, her voice trembled with emotions that were a mixture of pain and anger.

The documentary was made by Mahajan's son, Rahul, and screened at Globus, Bandra, on Monday, Mahajan's 57th birthday.

Referring to Pravin as "the boy from Thane" - he lived in Thane - throughout the interview, Prabhavati says that Pravin should be punished for his deed.

"He (Pramod) was like a father to his brothers and sisters," she cried. "I keep wondering how a nice man like him could have such ill fate."

The 43-minute documentary, which traces Mahajan's life, was conceptualised and directed by Rahul.

A compilation of footage from news channels and some photos from the family album, the documentary was made in ten days, Rahul claimed.

"I wanted to do something for his birthday. I hope everyone will be inspired by it," he said adding that making the film was an 'emotionally-draining experience'.

Mahajan's mother also narrated how Mahajan took over the family's responsibility at the age of 22 after his father died of cardiac arrest.

"When I would cry he would scold me and then break into that song from Mother India," she recollected. "He was always scared of his father but was very close to me. I will cry for him until I die."

The film also features interviews of other senior political leaders like Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, BJP president Rajnath Singh and Mahajan's brother-in-law and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde.

In his interview, Thackeray gave Mahajan full credit for helping the Sena-BJP alliance last this long. "Some people from the BJP denied that Mahajan's death would create a vacuum in the party.

But they don't realise that the party has come this far because of him," Thackeray said.

Saying that Mahajan was "not a conspirator like some people we see today", Thackeray took a dig at the BJP saying that the party does not publicly admit that it feels Mahajan's absence because it wants to portray itself as gentle and civilised.

First Published: Oct 30, 2006 22:42 IST