His fans, friends and family remembered him on his birthday (29 December). His good friend Bhupesh Rasin stayed with Rajesh Khanna till his last time (18 July 2012). On his birthday, Bhupesh went outside Rajesh Khanna’s bungalow and remembered him. He told that at the last moment Rajesh Khanna had realized that he would not survive.
Mumtaz was Rajesh Khanna’s favorite
Bhupesh told ETimes that Rajesh Khanna came to know 15 days before his death that he would not survive due to cancer. He said, “When he was not even diagnosed with cancer, I tried my best to remove him from cigarettes and alcohol but failed.” Bhupesh told that Mumtaz was Rajesh Khanna’s favorite heroine and she had also come to meet him before Rajesh died.
Rajesh Khanna broke silence for Mumtaz
Bhupesh told that Rajesh Khanna stopped talking to people a few months before he died. He used to sit quietly but he started talking when Mumtaz arrived. He told Mumtaz, you should have played Basanti in ‘Sholay’. Bhupesh also told that Rajesh Khanna did not want to die in the hospital. He had told him to take his last breath at home.
Said on the last birthday – now the final is done
Bhupesh told that Rajesh Khanna never told anyone that he felt alone. Dimple used to come to him after his health deteriorated. Apart from Twinkle, Rinke, he also loved his son-in-law Akshay Kumar. In 2011, Bhupesh says, Twinkle planned to celebrate his birthday in Goa. He was with the whole family and upon returning he realized that this was his last birthday. He told Bhupesh, Now the final is done but it is happening quickly.