| Sunil Dutt Mishra, along with children, flips through an album containing pictures of Rajesh Khanna at his residence in Patna on Friday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
Sunil Dutt Mishra can’t watch Rajesh Khanna’s last movie in Patna, but that won’t deter the superstar’s fan. He is going to Delhi to watch it two days later.
On the second death anniversary of the Bollywood superstar, his fans in Patna couldn’t catch their hero’s last movie, Riyasat, which was released on Friday.
None of the theatres in Patna has shown any interest in screening the movie. The film is directed by Ashok Tyagi and is produced by Diwakar Singhal and Vijay Sirohi.
Sunil, the son of a former IAS officer, who resides in New Patliputra Colony, was disappointed. “My family members won’t be able to watch Kaka’s last film. Are the film distributors of Bihar not aware of Rajesh Khanna’s stardom or are they just bothered about making money? It is unfair for his fans in the state. The film has released in Delhi and I have decided to watch it there a day after tomorrow,” he said.
Along with his daughter Trishla Mishra and son Akshat Mishra, Sunil paid floral tributes to a photograph of Khanna on Friday.
Sunil has a special connection with the superstar. Rajesh Khanna was in Patna in 1993 to dedicate a road named after Sunil’s late father. Speaking from Mumbai, director Tyagi said: “It is sad that the film has not released in Bihar. This was Rajesh Khanna’s last film and a tribute to him on his second death anniversary.”
Theatre owners blamed the distributor for not screening the film. Chairman and managing director of Regent Theatre Pvt. Ltd Suman Kumar Sinha said: “I am also a big fan of Rajeshji and if distributors had given me the film, I would have surely screened it in my theatre.”