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Fatema Kagalwala puts on those nostalgia-wala goggles and remembers Rajesh Khanna.

I have a very 70’s generational angst. I have a theory that we, all of us born in the 70’s are marked. And politely speaking quite fucked. We are the in-between generation constantly straddling two worlds, one full of a traditionalism no longer serving us, and another of modernisation hurtling us to a place that has stripped us completely of our original identities. We have one foot in both. Our childhoods were wrapped in what was probably the blackest period of modern India – the 80’s where decay, political, social and personal was at its ugliest, poverty and disillusionment with the Great Indian Dream had left us utterly hopeless and arts were a shadow of their original selves. Maybe, it is for this that I (we?) continue to feel like an alien in this uber-modernised, superficial millennium and keep asking myself ‘Where do I belong?’ And probably it is this that makes me misty-eyed with nostalgia, sense of loss and emptiness when I but merely watch a yester-year film song especially of the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s.

Films and the heroes we loved in our childhood keep us connected to our past and the entire world it embodied. No other medium or star can do that for us, but yes, film heroes can. And that’s why when I heard of Rajesh Khanna’s demise yesterday I had a lump in my throat like he was a long-lost childhood friend. His going brought up all that sense of immense loss and pain that had been growing ever since Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor left us.

I was having lunch when I heard it. My first reaction was ‘Don’t go!’, ‘Don’t do this to us…’ ‘We need you…’ I was screaming inside, ‘You don’t know the way you keep us connected us to ourselves…’ ‘We don’t recognise this world we live in but with you it’s bearable…’ ‘What will we do without the dreams you gave us to dream?’ I felt I had lost yet another link to myself, my past, my world. It wasn’t about cinema anymore. It was about the world Rajesh Khanna was a part of, the world he kept alive for me. The world I could go to at will, to rejuvenate myself. A sort of coming home when tired… Rajesh Khanna, Dev Saab, Shammi Kapoor symbolised a world of gentility and innocence that I was born in and then rudely shaken out of before I had my fill. They kept me connected to what was no more…And now they are…

Rajesh Khanna the star and Rajesh Khanna the man were both something that I wasn’t personally attached to, like I was to Dev Anand, the first man I ever fell in love with. Yet, his charming smile, the innocence in his eyes, the warmth he invested in his characters and his eccentrically crooked style, all remained endearing to me no matter how frail a shadow of himself he became. In my eyes, he remained Anand, Arun, Raj and Kamal, none of his later life pursuits ever diminishing all the beautiful worlds he had created for me in my childhood. It must be the dreams he (and others before him) sold to my wide-eyed child that makes me cling to a world that has long past…

A world where innocence meant thinking that when actors died in films they died in real life…

Where women scraped the mud of an actor’s car tyres and marked their foreheads with it as sindoor…

Where an autograph or a mere sighting of our favourite star would leave us in a tizzy for days…

Where the word ‘matinee’ gave us shivers of delicious delight be it pre-fixed to our loved idol or show…

Where we dressed up for a film outing and carried tiffins to movie halls…

Where we were willing to sit on the aisles if need be and would get up dance when we felt like…

Where we could sit on the footpath to watch a film being projected at a random street celebration…

Where we made films run for months and months never tiring of watching it for the 5th or 15th time as long as it was in the halls…

Where it was a big big deal to escape school / college to watch that film’s first day first show…

Where first day first show meant a lot more than our careers ever would…

Where men were gentlemen and women ladies…

Where stars were gods…almost…

…until they passed on. And left us bitter about the fact that they are mortal after all.

This is less of an obituary to a man we all loved and will continue to and more of an obituary to the passing of an era he and many like him embodied. An era that holds the key to me, an era that gave me my roots only to find that they no longer sustain me in this weird world I find myself living in. I will always live by the dreams that you, my childhood stars showed me and hope it will suffice. Because now that you are gone, what else do I have?

Saying goodbye with one of my most favourite Rajesh Khanna song.

Thank you for that world

Thank you for those dreams

Thank you for those movies…

Without them, my childhood wouldn’t have been half as beautiful.

Rest in peace.

Since its all about making confessions in front of the camera, lets start by making few confessions. Here we go.

Confession No. 1 – We love Bigg Boss!

Confession No. 2 – No, not beause of the sleaze factor but because its a tough battle there. Biggest Loser Jeetega!

Confession No. 3 – We are dying to know the names of the Bigg Boss 3 inmates. Our lazy sources have confirmed few names but yet to get the complete list. 

And if you make it to Bigg Boss’ house, it proves few things. 

1. You are a loser. Its official and out.

2. You are weird. Or atleast partially weird!

3. You dont have better things to do in life now. You had made few headlines once.

Atleast thats what the first two seasons have proved. And we are sure that this season will also have the same criteria, more or less.

Here is the list of the names doing the rounds, their claim to fame and the role they are likely to play…

1. Sherlyn Chopra

 Claim to fame : Talks about her breasts only when asked. If you dont believe us, click here. Likely to be in swimming pool.

 2. Vindu Dara Singh

Claim to fame : Dara Singh’s son. Likely to be the security gaurd of the house.

 3. Poonam Dhiloon

Claim to fame : Its all history now. Likely to talk about those good ol’ days and advisor to starlets like Sherlyn Chopra and Claudia Ciesla.

4. Kamaal R Khan

Claim to fame : Deshdrohi. The political beat. Bhaiyya Versus Marathi Manoos.

5. Tanaaz Irani

Claim to fame : Bakhtiyaar Irani’s wife. Tv actress. Going by looks, born to play the role of insane woman. The curly hair adds up to the character. The insane factor.

6.  Bakhtiyaar Irani

Claim to fame : Tanaaz Irani’s husband. Baby-faced and dumb looks are adjectives commonly used to describe him. To take care of the insane factor.

7. Shamita Shetty

Claim to fame : Shilpa Shetty’s sister. Last headline with Shane Warne. Easy to guess, rite ? Will aspire to win it like Badi Didi did it in Big Brother. Found name, fame, money and a rich husband!

8. Lovleen Misra

Claim to fame : Chutki of Hum Log. Superb actress. Why o why is she going to Bigg Boss ? Big bucks! We are still scratching our head.

9. Claudia Ciesla

Claim to fame : Size 38 DD (Scroll up and refer to the pic. Click on it for better view). For more, click here. Likely to compete with Sherlyn Chopra.

10. Puneet Issar

Claim to fame : Popular rapist in many B-grade films. Graduated to Duryodhan in Mahabharat. Likely to be the father figure of the house. His rapist days are over!

11. Aditya Pancholi

Claim to fame – Kangana Ranaut. Police cases here and there. Likely to be the dude of the house. Post-Ranaut, Sherlyn Chopra and Claudia Ciesla are likely to be his target.

12. Navjot Singh Sidhu

Claim to fame : Cricket, politics. But all that is passe now. Likely to be the gyaan guru of the house with Sidhuism brand of jokes and philosophy!

Those who were approached but rejected the proposal.

1. Baba Ramdev 2. Rajesh Khanna 3. Varun Gandhi 

We are waiting and how! Lets see how many we got it right. It cant get more colourful than this. Sunday night, 9 pm, Colors it is!

UPDATE

According to this report, Navjot Singh Sidhu backed out last minute. Other inmates are Raju Shrivastav and Ismail Darbar.

Old age does strange things to people. And if you were a big star once then you will go insane for sure. Only few manage to keep their sanity. Check out the video in the post, actor Rajesh Khanna is taking a dig at Rekha. Its a must watch.

BTW, Rajesh Khanna will be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at the IIFA Awards, Macau. We are sure Rekha will also be there. We are waiting to see her reaction when Kakaji goes on stage to collect his award.

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