When Anju Mahendru was trying to make her mark in the entertainment industry, Rajesh Khanna was the shining star of the film industry. When Anju came into Rajesh’s relationship, the news of their relationship used to make a lot of headlines in those days. Both lived together for a long time but the marriage did not take place. Rajesh and Anju are said to be in a live-in relationship from 1966 to 1972. It is interesting that both Anju Mahendru’s mother and Rajesh Khanna were ready for this relationship but Anju was not ready for marriage.
In an interview given to the media, Anju Mahendru had told that ‘she had a conservative idea behind not marrying him. According to Anju, he was a very Orthodox person. If I wore a skirt, I would quarrel, say why don’t you wear a sari? If I were to wear a sari, I would say, why do you want to show yourself as an Indian woman? There was a lot of confusion with him.
In one of her interviews to Stardust, Anju Mahendru had told that ‘living with Rajesh was becoming difficult. His flopping films made him irritable. He was a moody and temperamental person. He was under stress all the time. Whereas Rajesh Khanna had expressed a different pain. He had told in an interview that ‘When I used to return home after a day’s fatigue in the studio, I would get a note that she had gone to the party.. I used to be left alone. I wanted to spend the evening with her, but she is not there. This was around the same time when rumors of Anju Mahendu’s affair with cricketer Gary were coming to the fore. It is said that Rajesh Khanna got irritated with this and broke up.
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Rajesh Khanna later made Dimple Kapadia his companion. But even after separation, Anju’s attachment to Rajesh continued. When Rajesh Khanna died, Anju was seen crying.
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