Rajesh Khanna, who passed away last Wednesday, after his prolonged illness, had left a recorded farewell message for his family, friends and fans, which was played at his chautha held over the weekend.
In the message, Khanna addressed his fans for the last time and recounted his Bollywood journey. He spoke about how he began his career as a theatre artist when there was no godfather whom he could turn to. Here's the full transcript of his recorded message:
"Mere pyaare dosto, bhaiyo aur beheno nostalgia mein rehene ki aadat nahi hai mujhe. Hamesha bhavishya ke baare mein hi sochna padtaa hain jo din guzar gaya hai, beet gaya hai ,uska kya sochna lekin jab jaane pehchane chehre anjaan se ek mehfil mein milte hai toh yaadein wapas tazaa ho jati hai (My friends, I don't have a habit of living in the past and getting nostalgic...but looking forward for a bright future as there is no point of thinking about the past. But, when one suddenly comes across familiar faces in unfamiliar settings, the memories comes rushing back)."
Talking about his journey, he said, "My journey began with theater, I owe my success to the stage. This theater where it all began when I joined the film industry, I had no God Father, no relatives or family that I could turn too. I came into the movies through the United Producers Filmfare Talent contest."
Rajesh Khanna also further thanked his fans, "Doston aap ka ek hissedar mein bhi hu aur jaise maine pehli bhi kaha ki aap apna kimti waqt nikalkar, aap ka yeh pyaar tha ki aap majood hue aur itni bhaari ssankhya mein..meine yehi kahunga ki bahut-bahut sukhriya, thank you aur mera bahut-bahut salaam (Friends, I'm a part of you, and as I said, you have all taken time out for me. This is the love, your presence in numbers that I'm greatful for, thank you, thank you my salaam to you all)."