Rajesh Khanna's Bugalow,'Haunted'

Rajesh Khanna's Bugalow,'Haunted'

Mumbai : India | Jul 24, 2012 at 6:03 AM PDT
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Rajesh Khanna has appeared in more than 150 Hindi films

There is a news item in The Times of India that Actor, Late.Rajesh Khanna’s house was haunted.

May be true.

In fact I blogged on this on October 2011 and I have also posted a blog on my personal experiences with the para normal.

There are things which we can not really say untrue!


Sometime in the sixties, Carter Road was just a cluster of bungalows, mainly belonging to the East Indian community and Parsis. The only known bungalow facing the sea was Aashiyana built by the music director,Naushad, who had just tasted big success. There was another bungalow close to it; a two storeyed one in a decrepit and dilapidated state. People in the locality called it a haunted house aka bhoot bangla. There were no takers for it, and it stood there without anyone willing to buy it even when it was offered at dirt cheap prices.

A friend brought the existence of the bungalow to the notice of Rajendra Kumar, who was then a young man, a victim of the Partition, who had just landed in Mumbai and made a name for himself in the industry. He was willing to buy the bungalow but didn’t have enough money. He rushed to the well-known filmmaker B R Chopra and told him he was not only willing to do Kanoon (India’s first songless film) but also two other films if he were paid in advance. The kind-hearted Chopra paid him Rs 90,000 in cash. Rajendra found out who the owner of the bungalow was, and sealed a deal for just Rs.60,000. He shifted there but not before consulting his best friend, actor Manoj Kumar. Now Manoj had heard of the bungalow being haunted, however he advised Rajendra not to take the stories seriously and instead perform a puja and move in.

Rajendra gave the bungalow a new look and named it Dimple, after his daughter. He was so grateful to Manoj that he kept a room on the upper floor for Manoj’s use at any time. He even named his son Manoj, who was to later become actor Kumar Gaurav. It was during the time Rajendra lived in Dimple that he saw the kind of success very few stars had seen. Every film he starred in was at least a jubilee, so much so he earned the moniker ‘Jubilee Kumar’. He grew richer and built another bungalow at Pali Hill, which he again named Dimple.

It was at the same time that a newcomer called Rajesh Khanna was taking his first big steps as a star. He came from a rich family and had even made enough money on his own. He realised Rajendra was looking for a buyer for his Carter Road bungalow and felt it would be a good investment. His superstition became his guide — he believed Rajendra’s success would rub on to him if he shifted there.



“Stories of ghosts, unexplained serial suicides, abandoned mills, haunted houses and territorial widows in white saris determined to make people’s lives miserable from the afterlife, populate a large unofficial body of local folklore.


I have two experiences .

It was in 1968 -69 in Chennai,India where I completed my Graduation and i was a hostel student.

One of my friends, who had a house near by vacated his house and joined the hostel.

On being asked why he replied that his house was haunted and that his parents have shifted to Bangalore and to continue his studies he had joined the hostel.

About four of us went to the said House along with the one who said his house was haunted after watching a late night movie.

Around 1 am, (Ido not recollect the exact time), we had all the glass panes of the windows closed and had the doors of the house locked( we were in the first floor room of the house).

After about 15-30 minutes Jasmine Scent wafted through the air.

It was followed by the figure of a lady floating through the glass pane.

Needless to say we ran to the hostel for cover and one my friends had an attack of Fever for several days.

Another instance.

I went to Sabarimala,Kerala, as a Pilgrimage.


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ramanan50 is based in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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