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The woman behind the superstar: Dimple Kapadia
She was truly a women of substance for the poise with which she handled life and her relationships. She was the woman who stuck to Rajesh Khanna long after his super-stardom and fans found another idol to worship.

I WAS watching a Dimple Kapadia interview on YouTube only the other day and the most important words that stuck to me long after the interview was that one of her daughters said that she learnt what not to do in life from her. Inspite of the nonchalant shrug that followed that comment, it spoke volumes of the woman that she is and how she life taught her things that made her the person she is now. With the passing of her husband Rajesh Khanna (as they never divorced) a lot of words are written, spoken and tweeted about the original superstar of India but no one has actually given any credit to the quiet and stoic presence of Dimple Kapadia his wife beside him for his last safar.

We all know the tumultuous relationship that these two people had when they married in 1974. Kapadia was only a 16-year-old girl with dreams of becoming not a star but an actress and Rajesh Khanna was already a superstar. He knew women worshiped the soil that he walked, and he loved that but he threw everyone in a shock when he married the hardly known daughter of a businessman. Dimple was completely swept off her feet by the charismatic man whose smile drove millions of women in India to marry his pictures. However, the reality was harsher than the reel world.

But right after her marriage and her blockbuster film Booby that definitely put her in the limelight, Dimple left Bollywood to raise her two children as she wanted to raise her kids and 'career was always secondary to her.' However, it was reported that the superstar was not a very big fan of a working wife and it was his take that ruled her life. For 12 years Kapadia tried to give a shot at her married life and when she thought that enough was enough with Khanna's various problems of alcoholism and his obsession with power, Dimple left him to live her own life. After that we got to see the glamorous Dimple in Sagar and as a woman of substance in Rudaali and numerous other films. No one is claiming that the superstar was harsh but he belonegd from a certain school of thought and like a superstar he wanted to be pampered, which Kapadia did but that can be exhausting and so she had to find her life and dream again.

In the same YouTube interview, Dimple Kapadia, while talking about Akshay Kumar, said that 'he is so grounded and he does whatever he wants to as there is no star hassle in him.' Maybe the Superstar Rajesh Khanna and his all-important attitude was the wedge that drove them apart.

Whatever the reason, after a certain amount of time Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia were again seen together in public and people around them noticed the comfort level and talked about it. That they did lay their demons to rest was clearly visible. The most notable connection that people with broken relationships should note was the fact that Dimple Kapadia was there as a friend for the ailing star.

Recently, when he was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital, we could see Kapadia's presence and according to reports she would always be at his house Aashirwad in Mumbai to attend to him after he was discharged. Right from morning to night she would be beside him till the very end. As Khanna said in a famous song, “Zindagi ka safr, hai yeh kaisa safar. Koi samjha nahin koi jaana nahin.” And lastly, we all can learn something about what to do in a relationship from Dimple Kapadia, a star in her own right.

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