India’s original superstar,Rajesh Khanna who died a few weeks ago at the age of 69,was accorded a very ‘popular’ farewell by the entire country’s cine buffs.
No controversy crept into the issue then. But now,one has been injected. As per media reports,Rajesh Khanna has refused to give even a paisa to his wife Dimple Kapadia in his Will – they had separated years ago,but had not divorced.
This is a surprise as Dimple was seen by the side of the dying star constantly in the months leading up to his death.
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar and his son had also marked their presence,showing great care and attention in handling the ailing Khanna.
Rajesh Khanna’s very pregnant elder daughter Twinkle too showed herself in public alongside her father as did younger sibling Rinkie – Dimple was always there in the foreground and background – the star himself added to the bonhomie by smiling constantly.
Controversy in the form of a woman claiming to be Rajesh Khanna’s live-in partner (she demanded compensation) in the from of Anita Advani did cause a flutter,but the issue was generally watered down.
The question of Rajesh Khanna’s will,however,adds a new dimension into the case – a legal one.