Two days before he passed away,Rajesh Khanna received a legal notice from a woman who claims to have been his live-in partner. Anita Advani sought maintenance,and protection from being ousted from the actors bungalow Ashirwad on Mumbais sea-side Carter Road.
The notice was sent to Khanna on July 16 and it was received on the same day, lawyer Mridula Kadam,who sent the notice on Advanis behalf,said. Advani had sent the notice because she had not expected Khanna to be dead so soon afterward.
Kadam said since Advani had been living with Khanna and looking after him,the law protects her from being ousted from the actors property. She has been with him through thick and thin. She lived with him at least till June and also stayed in hospital while Khanna was ailing, Kadam said. In age,they were nearly 20 years apart. She never married. She devoted her life to him.
However,sources close to the actor refuted Advanis claims. She has been a friend of Kakas but was not staying with him. If she were,I would have seen her, said a source. I met Kaka on his birthday last year. Had she been with him,I would know.
Advani reportedly met Khanna when she was 13 and he was at the peak of his career. They knew each other socially but developed a bond only a decade ago when she started to keep him company in his desolate days.
The notice does not seek relief under any specific law. But Kadam said for a decade,Advani was living like a wife with Khanna,and live-in relationships were recognised by law. Advani couldnt be asked to leave after Khannas death if they had lived together for ten years,Kadam said. It is she who looked after him. His family would call her up to find out how he was doing, Kadam said. She had a right to be on the truck in which Khanna was taken to crematorium but his family prevented her.