So when God pronounced DEATH as a sentence to Humanity, for Adam and Eve having transgressed the commandment of God, He said, ” DUST, THOU ART AND TO DUST SHALT THOU RETURN!”
Neither did Moses live at the time these things took place, nor are we the generation during which time these things happened. But as successors in Life to Moses, we are at Liberty to buy that story or not. Whether Adam and Eve really existed or not should not be our concern, as it would be one man’s word against another man’s belief!
So between the DUST to DUST journey, many things happen which make up our lives.
This DUST story got triggered this morning, as i went through the News headlines which said that the ASHES OF RAJESH KHANNA had been immersed in the Ganges.
As is the custom of our TV News channels, whenever a celebrity passes away,they line up a set of people who are ascribed proximity to hat celebrity while he was alive. In the true media tradition, Mumtaz, Hema Malini and Sharmila Tagore were lined up and questions were asked about their association with Super Star Rajesh Khanna. So the comments made by Mumtaz (from London) and Sharmila were charitably reminiscent, whereas Hema Malini’s comments were not only without the verve that accompanies the reminiscences of the youthful days, but extremely constipated, especially when the persistent newscaster asked her about her association, she said, “RAJESH KHANNA WAS LIKE ANOTHER CO-STAR………..AND HE USED TO ACT IN SOME SETS AND I WAS ALSO BUSY AND ACTING ………..etc. etc…”. This was not merely lackadaisical, but also demeaning to the first SUPER STAR! So i, who am a greenhorn to Hindi movies, asked my friend, “Why is Hema Malini so demeaning to a “just now” dead Rajesh Khanna, his reply was not merely withering, but also so convoluted that i immediately thought that there was surely a blog material on its way:
He said, “HEMA MALINI is the only actress of this crop who was wearing her South Indian morality on her sleeve. But, she did everything that was anathematic to the moral hypocrisy, propagated by her ilk! She broke a family and got married to an already married man, and Rajesh Khanna was not merely her co-star of yesteryear, but also a dubiously close relative to her NOW!
When I asked as to how they were related, he expatiated in the following terms: SEE, HEMA MALINI’S STEP SON IS SUNNY DEOL AND SUNNY DEOL IS THE PERSON WHO IS THE LAST RECORDED IN HISTORY TO HAVE HAD A LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIP WITH DIMPLE KAPADIA, WHO THOUGH SEPARATED FROM RAJESH KHANNA, CONTINUED TO BE CALLED THE SEPARATED WIFE OF RAJESH KHANNA. THEY NEVER FORMALIZED THEIR DIVORCE, BEING A FAMILY ISSUE, I DO NOT WANT TO FIND OUT THE REASONS FOR SUCH ARRANGEMENT. IN ANY CASE SUNNY DEOL WAS ‘DISCHARGING‘ MOST OF THE DUTIES OF HER HUSBAND- OR SO THE TABLOIDS SAY. SO NATURALLY HEMA MALINI WOULD NOT WANT TO BE SEEN GUSHING ABOUT RAJESH KHANNA WHO WAS THE HUSBAND, CUCKOLDED BY HER STEP SON!
I was flabbergasted, not by the convoluted interpretation of the relationship between these actors and actresses, but how history stays in the minds of the public, even though the media had sanitized most of these underlying webs! I have never heard of this relationship in such term, which when i come to think of it, makes AKSHAY KUMAR the STEP SON-IN-LAW OF SUNNY DEOL- not a bad idea to have a son-in-law who is just 11 years younger to the father-in-law!!
My friend went on to add something from Nietzsche in THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA: “If you go to see the woman, do not forget the whip” and RAJESH KHANNA surely went to his women with a whip, but the trouble is that he upon meeting them handed over the WHIP to his women and got flagellated!
I still could not follow what my friend was saying, and when i looked askance he added : Chief, starting from Anju Mahendru to Dimple Kapadia to Tina Munim, if you look at the evolution Anju could not take the success of Rajesh Khanna, Dimple could not take the downfall of Rajesh Khanna and Tina could not accept that she could not resurrect the man she loved! So all the three citing some reason or the other whipped the man who ‘hated tears’!
I told my friend, see i can never understand Hindi cinema much less the inner workings of the inter-personal relationships between the actors and actresses there! I put an end to the unsavoury topic to move on ………….like those wise women