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Yesteryear superstar Rajesh Khanna was today admitted to a city hospital,two days after he reassuringly waved to fans from the balcony of his residence to dispel concerns about his failing health.
The 69-year-old actor’s wife Dimple Kapadia said he was “exhausted and a little weak”,while doctors refused to divulge details of his ailment.
“Yes,Khanna has been admitted to our hospital,” a senior doctor at Bandra’s Lilavati Hospital said.
“He is exhausted and a little weak so for better care we have brought him to the hospital,” Dimple,who is continuously by his side,said.
Scores of worried fans,who lined up outside his house ‘Aashirwad’ on Carter Road in Bandra on Thursday after another of his health scares,had heaved a sigh of relief when he emerged on the balcony flanked by his wife and actor son-in-law Akshay Kumar.
Though looking frail,a bearded Khanna,attired in a crisp Kurta and sporting black shades,repeatedly flashed the V sign with a smile.
This was after media reports emerged that he had stopped taking food for 3-4 days. Akshay had rubbished reports of Khanna being unwell and said he was “hearty and healthy”.
In April too,the actor was admitted to Lilavati hospital after he complained of uneasiness and exhaustion.
The actor was hailed as India’s first superstar after 15 consecutive solo superhits between 1969 and 1972 including “Aradhana”,”Haathi Mere Saathi”,”Anand” and “Amar Prem”.
He was recently seen appearing in his first television ad,directed by filmmaker R Balki,for Havell’s fan.
Khanna married Dimple in 1973 and has two daughters from the marriage. The two split in 1984 and thereafter lived separately,but did not complete divorce proceedings.
Their elder daughter Twinkle,actor-turned-interior decorator,is married to Akshay and younger daughter Rinke,also a former actor,has wed a London-based investment banker.