Exclusive! “Nobody can compete with Rajesh Khanna,” Raakhee reveals Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s opinion – Times of India

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When Hrishikesh Mukherjee spoke, everybody listened. On Rajesh Khanna’s 80th birth anniversary today, senior actress Raakhee, when contacted, reveals what Hrishikesh Mukherjee whom each film lover immensely respects, thought about Rajesh Khanna. “Hrishida used to say that nobody can compete with Rajesh Khanna; it is impossible. And, he said, Rajesh Khanna wasn’t there for his body or height but what a personality for just his face, smile and eyes. And, I totally agree with Hrishida’s viewpoint.”

Raakhee further tells ETimes that she has seen almost all films of Rajesh Khanna. “Nobody can deny the fact how much people loved him. Us time par aisa tha that we all saw whichever film had Rajesh Khanna. There was an unbelievable craze for him.”

Bollywood had Rajesh Khanna and Raakhee sharing screen space in films like ‘Shehzada‘, ‘Daag’ and ‘Aanchal’. Raakhee further divulges that there would have been two more films if destiny didn’t have other plans. “We shot a film called ‘Majnoon’ which had Kamal Amrohi as director and Rajesh Khanna himself as producer- but that did not make headway after we had done 15 days of its shoot. I did another film with him which did not see the light of day as it wasn’t made beyond 50 per cent.”

Adds Raakhee, “Rajesh Khanna was a very decent man. I think we had some great scenes together in ‘Daag’. He was a very easy-going co-star. He was spontaneous and didn’t get into any heavy-duty preparation.”

Raakhee also divulges that there was a time when she and Rajesh Khanna had got admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital around the same time. “We were admitted on the same floor. Dimple had dropped by to see me. But I didn’t go over to see him; mera mann nahin hua unko is tarah nahi dekhne ka.”



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