Bollywood icon Rajesh Khanna is 'exhausted'

Indian film industry's first superstar has been ailing for quite some time

UPDATE:  Rajesh Khanna is said to be recovering after being admitted in Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital in the morning hours on Saturday.

His elder daughter, Twinkle Khanna, who is married to actor Akshay Kumar, told the media that the actor is recovering. "He's really exhausted and weak, but he's recovering. Not sure when he will be discharged," she said.

The actor's estranged wife had earlier claimed that the superstar was battling exhaustion and since the family felt that he would be under experts' care in the hospital, they moved him to Lilavati.

Yesterday:

Rajesh Khanna's health is reportedly deteriorating.

According to zeenews.com, the actor has been admitted at Lilavati hospital. Earlier there were reports of ambulances rushing to his house. He is reportedly suffering from stomach infection.

When news of him being critical circulated in Indian media, Bollywood's first superstar made a brief appearence waving to his fans from his bungalow.  Accompanied by his estranged wife Dimple Kapadia and actor son-in-law Akshay Kumar all seemed fine. At least for a couple of days.

Earlier story:

Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood's superstar of the 70s, has been ailing for quite some time. According to reports in the Indian media, his health has taken a turn for the worse.

"He is unwell, and at home. He has stopped food intake for three to four days. Dimpleji is continuously by his side and his daughter Rinke also visited today," the actor's manager Ashwin told Press Trust of India.

Dimple, his estranged wife and Bollywood actress is constantly by his bedside. She visits him in Ashirwad, his bungalow on Mumbai's Carter Road, in the afternoon and stays till 10 at night.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the actor has not been eating properly since his last stint at the hospital. He has become very weak and doctors are visiting him every day at his residence.

Rajesh Khanna and Dimple separated in 1984. They have two daughters, Twinkle and Rinkie.

Twinkle is married to Akshay Kumar and they have a son named Aarav. Twinkle is six-and-a-half-months pregnant with the couple's second child. Twinkle and Akshay have been spotted in the city's Gurudwara, offering prayers for Rajesh Khanna's quick recovery.

Despite his ill health, Kaka, as he is popularly known, stepped out to endorse a television ad that was shot by adman-turned-filmmaker R Balki (of Paa and Cheeni Kum fame). He used the money earned from the ad to buy a BMW for his younger daughter. Rinkie flew down to Mumbai to be with him, given his worsening health condition.

Kaka is reportedly terminally ill and has in the past battled cancer. He has been in and out of a Bandra hospital for the last year.

It is indeed ironic that Rajesh Khanna, who reached sky-high fame for his role in the film 'Anand' (Babumoshaai), should himself suffer from cancer. In Anand Kaka essayed the role of Anand Sehgal, a cancer (lymphosarcoma of the intestine) patient who, despite knowing this fact, believes in living his life to the fullest.


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