Yesteryear superstar Rajesh Khanna
was today admitted to a city hospital, two days after he
reassuringly waved to fans from the balcony of his residence
to dispel concerns about his failing health.
The 69-year-old actor's wife Dimple Kapadia said he was
"exhausted and a little weak", while doctors refused to
divulge details of his ailment.
"Yes, Khanna has been admitted to our hospital," said a
senior doctor at Bandra's Lilavati Hospital.
"He is exhausted and a little weak so for better care we
have brought him to the hospital," Dimple, who is continuously
by his side, said.
Scores of worried fans, who lined up outside his house
'Aashirwad' on Carter Road in Bandra on Thursday after another
of his health scares, had heaved a sigh of relief when he
emerged on the balcony flanked by his wife and actor
son-in-law Akshay Kumar.
Though looking frail, a bearded Khanna, attired in a
crisp Kurta and sporting black shades, repeatedly flashed the
V sign with a smile.
This was after media reports emerged that he had stopped
taking food for 3-4 days. Akshay had rubbished reports of
Khanna being unwell and said he was "hearty and healthy".
In April too, the actor was admitted to Lilavati hospital
after he complained of uneasiness and exhaustion.
The actor was hailed as India's first superstar after 15
consecutive solo superhits between 1969 and 1972 including
, Haathi Mere Saathi
and Amar Prem
He was recently seen appearing in his first television
ad, directed by filmmaker R Balki, for Havell's fan.
Khanna married Dimple in 1973 and has two daughters from
the marriage. The two split in 1984 and thereafter lived
separately, but did not complete divorce proceedings.
Their elder daughter Twinkle, actor-turned-interior
decorator, is married to Akshay and younger daughter Rinke,
also a former actor, has wed a London-based investment banker.