Even though the Dimple Kapadia-Rajesh Khanna marriage fell apart too soon, the superstar continued to be very special to his daughters, especially Twinkle – they even shared the same birthday, December 29.
Here’s five times they brought a lump to our throat…
Even though films were the ‘family business’, so to speak, the late legendary actor Rajesh Khanna had a different dream for his daughter. “Dad always said I should be a writer — was proud of my maggot filled poetry — would’ve been beaming that I got that paper in my hand eventually,” Twinkle had posted, while sharing one of her articles. Willy-nilly, she made her superstar dad’s wish come true.
On Rajesh Khanna's 74th birth anniversary, Twinkle had posted an emotional tribute to her father, recounting how she is a reflection of him. Sharing a black and white image, featuring her and her father, she wrote, “I see you, in my reflection off the back of a gleaming spoon, in a gesture my sister makes, in the arch of my son's eyebrows -- I still see you.”
Twinkle doesn’t remember seeing her father reading but maintains that he was well read. “I remember once he told me, ‘My thing in life is to sit and read a lot.’ Who would have expected that of the dashing superstar?!
Of her father’s films, Twinkle admits that she cannot bear to watch Anand now – the film portrayed the character’s death from cancer. “So I’ll say Aradhana, and for some strange reason, I love Red Rose,” she said, revealing her other faves.
Twinkle flew to her father’s defence when Naseeruddin Shah had commented, “It was the ’70s when mediocrity came in Hindi films. That’s when the actor called Rajesh Khanna joined the industry. For all his success, I think Mr Khanna was a very limited actor. In fact, he was a poor actor. Intellectually, he wasn’t the most alert person I have ever met. His taste ruled the industry. She took to Twitter to express her anger and hurt, retorting, “Sir if you can't respect the living, respect the dead - mediocrity is attacking a man who can't respond @NaseerudinShah.”