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Everybody's Dadamoni

With Ashok Kumar, a little bit of laughter has gone out of Bombay cinema, says Waheeda Rehman

Everybody's Dadamoni
Everybody's Dadamoni
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It so happened that the next year, a few days after Raksha Bandhan, I bumped into him at a party and immediately after seeing me, he asked: "What happened?" I was confused and did not know what was he referring to. "I was waiting for you on rakhi day and you never turned up," he answered, seeing my bewildered expression. "Come on, don't joke, you didn't mean it!" I answered. "Of course I meant it. You have to tie rakhi on me and do it right now," he shot back. I didn't believe it, and tried to wriggle out of the situation: "How can I do it here at the party? In any case, I am not carrying a rakhi with me." But he was adamant: "I don't care. If you really love and respect me, then you must do it."

I realised there was no use arguing with him on this and asked the hostess for something to tie on his wrist. But he had objections on that too: "You cannot take anything from her. You have to do it!" Once again I tried to laugh it off saying: "Ashokji, you don't want to have a filmi drama here, do you? You surely don't want me to tear off my pallu and tie it on you?" Obviously he didn't but he had other options: "There's something around your neck which you can tie!" It was a silver chain I was wearing and he ordered me to take it off and use it as the rakhi in front of all the guests. After he had his way, he didn't forget to give me some money as is customary. "From now on, you will come and tie a rakhi and have dinner with me every year. And I mean it!" he replied in a stern but loving tone.

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