Mumbai: Late superstar Rajesh Khanna's alleged live-in mate Anita Advani is upset with the news of Khanna's Bandra bungalow Aashirwad
being renamed. She said that the news was extremely disappointing as "Aashirwad is synonymous with Rajesh Khanna".
Reportedly, the mansion will now be named Vardaan
. Anita said, "If the rumours are true, it would hurt Kakaji's (Rajesh Khanna's) soul."
The name change issue upset her and she said the Khanna's father christened it Aashirwad
, along with a sweet logic behind it. "Kakaji used to fondly remember and tell me how the bungalow was named Aashirwad
. When they were looking for a new name for the bungalow, his father had thought for a long time and then suggested the name Aashirwad
Kakaji has mentioned that his father said, 'You'll be a star and people will write letters and fan mail to you. Whenever they write your name on the letters, they will write the words – Rajesh Khanna Aashirwad. So in a way, they would always be giving you their Aashirwad (blessings).' That was the lovely thought behind the name," recalled Advani.
She further said, "Kakaji used to say that this (Aashirwad
) was the 'most favourite' name given by his father. The bungalow was also his most prized possession, which he wished to convert into a museum and his last wish should be fulfilled. In fact, together, over the years, we both designed its interiors with a long-term plan to convert it into a museum."
Anita, who fondly remembered her time spent with the star in bungalow, was disturbed by the sudden name-change talks. "What sense does it make? If it's true, it's a weird move and doesn't sound nice."
Ask her about her petition that claimed a share in the house and her spokesperson Dale Bhagwagar said, "It's false that Ms Advani has claimed a stake in the bungalow. But she has maintained that Mr Rajesh Khanna wished to turn it into a museum for his loving fans."