Dharmendra: I Got Ready Three Times To Go For Lata Didi’s Last Rites, Didn’t Want To See Her Go


“I was very uncomfortable and uneasy. I got ready not once but three times to go for Didi’s last rites yesterday. But everytime, I pulled myself back. I didn’t want to see her leaving us. I was feeling very uncomfortable and uneasy after hearing the news of Lata Mangeshkar’s demise yesterday,” said Dharmendra, talking to a leading national daily, when contacted this evening to say a few words about the departed legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who left for her heavenly abode on Sunday.

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Added Dharam ji, “I also want to tell you that she would make it a point to occasionally even send gifts to me. She would send me quite a few motivating forwards and kept telling me ‘Remain strong’. I remember I had once written a slightly gloomy post on Twitter and she immediately called up to ask if I was doing fine and spoke to me for 30 minutes to cheer me up. Often, we would chat for 25-30 minutes even until recently. She adored me.”

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Dharmendra further said, “Let me tell you one more incident, which will spell out how much she adored me. At an award function, she remembered that I had worn a beige coloured shirt when I’d first met her. I was surprised beyond words. Such a memory!”