New Delhi, Sept 23: After a long fight over the ownership, the iconic bungalow of late actor Rajesh Khanna finally sold off for a whopping Rs 95 crore. The experts and pandit noted that the sea-facing bungalow has been located at a prime location and despite that fetched very low price in sale. Now the posh bungalow has been purchased by Shashi Shetty, the founder and executive chairman of Mumbai-headquartered Allcargo Logistics. The reason the bungalow sold for a less price is probably because it is located in the coastal regulation zone.The area, where the house is located at present had several other bungalows owned by the East Indian community and Parsis. It is said beside music director, Naushad’s bungalow, Aashiyana, there was another two storeyed building which was in a dilapidated condition. Everyone used to call it as haunted and therefore no one could muster the courage to purchase it in the sixties. It was called even Bhoot bangla by many.
Several ghost stories ruined the worth of this house and it was available for sale at a very low price. Rajendra Kumar, who was then a budding star and had just arrived in Mumbai bought that bungalow only for a meager Rs 60,000. Before shifting there, Rajendra Kumar consulted his close friend Manoj Kumar who was aware of those haunting stories attached with the house. The ghost stories about the house were so famous that he held Puja and other rituals before shifting.
The bungalow was then renovated and named Dimple after Kumar's daughter's name. Surprisingly, Rajendra Kumar tasted pinnacle of success there. That house turned out to be lucky charm for him. He gave back to back hits and became ‘Jubilee Kumar’ in no time. Then he built another house at Pali Hill and again named it Dimple. When Rajesh Khanna, a rising star of that time came to know that Rajendra is willing to sell his old house, he bought it without giving it a second thought.
Rajesh Khanna might think that that the house will turn lucky for him too as it did for its former owner, Rajendra Kumar. The bungalow was named Aashirwad by
Rajesh Khanna.You may call it just a sheer coincidence or superstition, but Kaka's life and career changed soon after he moved into the house. Success followed him all the way till the time he attained the tag of India's 'first superstar’. It was the same place that he became Bollywood’s king of romance, superstar, married much younger Dimple Kapadia, planned all his movies, partied with friends. It was Aashirwad that he looked out of his window to see hundreds of crazy girls waiting for hours, only to get a glimpseof him.Every good thing has a darker side to it and so did Aashirwad. This was also the bungalow that saw his fall from the throne as one film after another flopped at the box office. The era of Amitabh Bachchan began and he swept away all the limelight of Khanna and eventually Kaka lost all the charm of his glittering life, which never came back. Just the way his professional career was facing tough time, Rajesh Khanna’s personal life too became messy.He had no work and his wife Dimple and kids also abandoned him. Kaka, once the heartthrob of young women, who was used to getting flower bouquets and blood smeared love letters from girls soon began losing his fan following. He was left all alone and this house began to prove unlucky for him.
According to reports, he spent most of his time in his office on Linking Road and returned home only to sleep. The story took a bizarre turn when he first fell sick and then never recovered. It was the same house from where Rajesh Khanna bid a final goodbye to this world. Rajesh Khanna the superstar of that era spent his life and breathed his last all alone without having inner happiness or mental peace in his bungalow Aashirwad.