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Rajesh Khanna`s `lady love` sends notice to family
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Kaka has left behind a huge property that is worth a whooping Rs. 200 crore. Lady named Anita Advani has staked her claim to a portion of Kaka's property. She claims to be late actor Rajesh Khanna's live-in partner for ten years and has sent a legal notice to his family, staking claim of residence at Khanna’s posh bungalow Aashirwaad on Mumbai’s Carter Road.

The 50-year-old woman, Anita Advani, has interestingly evoked ‘the domestic violence act’ in the notice that was sent to Khanna’s estranged wife Dimple Kapadia on Tuesday, a day before Khanna died, demanding that she not be forced to vacate the bungalow.

Anita Advani in her 50s sent a legal notice to the actor claiming that she was his live-in partner and sought compensation, a house to stay and a monthly maintenance. She claimed that she had been restrained from entering the actor's Carter Road bungalow Aashirwad since June this year.

Noted advocate Mridula Kadam, who is representing Anita, confirmed that a legal notice had been sent to Khanna on July 16, which was received at Aashirwad the following day.

Sources from the industry said that they had seen Anita at Rajesh Khanna's residence and that she used to accompany the actor to people's offices. She would visit Khanna when he was in the hospital, sources said, but was prevented from boarding the truck that was carrying his mortal remains on the day of the funeral.

Anita said "I am not interested in Aashirwad. I just want it to be converted into a museum as that was Rajesh Khanna's dream. I want to ask them (his family) where were they when he needed them. I looked after him all these years. I lived in that house, took care of him and all his needs. The reason I am asking for compensation is because they stripped me of everything. My man is gone and I am left with nothing."

In her notice, Anita claims she was 13 years old when she met Khanna at his residence for the first time. Over the years they used to bump into each other at parties till the relationship got serious over a decade ago. The notice claims that Khanna told Anita he was in love with her and promised to take care of her. They had been living together for the last 10 years, claims the notice till she was restrained by Khanna from entering the house in June 2012. The notice further claims she was not given an opportunity to even take her belongings and all her possessions are lying in Aashirwad.

Not much is known about Anita, except reports that she was a resident of Bandra and runs a business. There were unverified reports that she was the niece of former Philippines President Ferdinand Emmanuel Marcos.

Anita stated long time back about her love relationship with Kaka. That time she was quoted saying in a leading daily "I think I am very happy in my relationship. I feel very privileged to be very-very close to him. He is a very intelligent and romantic person," she said, adding, "We hang out. We are at home together. We go out for dinners and stuff and go on after dinner drives."

Going deeper into their relationship, that time she said, “It's a very special, sacred relationship and I truly cherish it. Unlike a normal relationship, there are no demands and expectations. This is much deeper." She said that anyone in her place would love to marry but she doesn't want any string attached, as they are so close and happy together.

However, Kaka had a slightly different view about his relation and he quoted "Anita and I have been known to each other for 32 years. She was in school then. We are just friends. She is a lovely person. I am very fond of her. But we haven't reached the stage of love."

Was it the truth that Kaka stated or was he simply trying to hide his personal life from the glaring media? We will never know.

Khanna was still married to Dimple Kapadia and this could make things difficult for Anita. However, sources close to Anita insist that she was under the impression that he was single.

(Author - Manees Bajpai)