There is good news for all the Rajesh Khanna’s fan because late superstar Rajesh Khanna’s last movie RIYASAT, in which the actor plays an underworld don, is slated to be released on the actor’s second death anniversary on 18 July, 2014.
According to reports the movie was originally supposed to be released on December 29, 2012 on the birthday of Rajesh Khanna’s daughter Twinkle Khanna, in the presence of Khanna but could not be released due to lack of distributors. However film director Ashok Tyagi run pillar to post to get the movie released on Rajesh Khanna’s first death anniversary last year. Yet again the attempts to release the movie proved futile.
However thanks to the efforts of Anita Advani, former live-in companion of Rajesh Khanna and co-producer Diwaker Singhal, the movie is set to hit theatres on Khanna’s second death anniversary on July 18.
Briefing the media co-producer Diwaker Singhal thanked Anita Advani for giving her full support after the actors near and dear ones deserted him giving various reason. He told media, “I had contacted Khanna’s wife, Dimple Kapadia, and son-in-law, Akshay Kumar, when the release date was decided roughly two weeks ago. But both backed out due to prior commitments. But I am obliged to Anita Advaniji who came forward without any excuse.”
Anita Advani lamenting the absence of Rajesh Khanna’s family in promoting the actor’s last movie said, “I am doing my best to support the movie despite Kaka’s (Rajesh Khanna loving called) family showing little interest. I am grieved the family is not available when they are needed the most!”
Directed by Ashok Tyagi, the movie also features Gauri Kulkarni, Aryan Vaid , Aryeman Ramsay and Raza Murad in key roles. Raza Murad, a close friend of the veteran actor, said, “Rajesh couldn`t walk up the stairs yet he never canceled a schedule. He was visibly ill yet he continued to report for work till the film wrapped up. Hence I think the movie must be released to solace Kaka’s soul. ”