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The actress breathed her last yesterday at a suburban hospital

By Kunal M Shah and Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 11, 2009)

Simple Kapadia, Dimple Kapadia’s younger sister, is no more. She breathed her last yesterday afternoon in a hospital at Andheri.

The former actress-turned-costume designer had been undergoing treatment at various hospitals since the last few years. It is believed that she was suffering from cancer but the family was always tightlipped about it.

A source says, “The family was under terrible stress because of Simple’s illness. They never spoke about it then and they will not speak about it even now.”

Director Rahul Dholakia, who was present at the hospital when Simple breathed her last, says, “My friend is no more. I really can’t talk.”

A family friend says, “Akshay Kumar (Dimple’s son-in-law) is returning from Baramati, where he is shooting for Priyadarshan’s next film.”

Simple began her career when she was 18. She made her debut in 1977 with Anurodh, where she was paired opposite her brother-in-law Rajesh Khanna. Later, she worked in Hum Rahe Na Hum, Tumhare Bina, Jeevan Dhaara, Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai, Dulha Bikta Hai, Naseeb, Shakka, Lootmaar, Man Pasand, Ahsaas, Rehguzar, Chakravuyha and Pyar Ke Do Pal. She quit acting in 1986 after Pyar Ke Do Pal. Later in 1994, she worked as a costume designer for Rudaali and won a National award for it.

Family pays Rs five lakh for guest appearance at the crematorium to create a charade to fool the dead man’s creditors
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 19, 2009)

Chunky Pandey who organised the star appearance

Stars have danced at shaadis, inaugurated showrooms, and even attended mundans for a fee, but this one still remains a first: When the thirty-something scion of a Mulund business family suddenly died, they hired a well-known Bollywood star to attend his funeral. He was paid Rs five lakh for the appearance.

According to actor Chunky Pandey whose wife Bhavna runs an event management company, Aim, he received a call early morning last fortnight from the family requesting him to attend the funeral at Mulund. “I was puzzled for a while thinking the guy must be related to me in some way, which was why I was being called for the funeral but then they told me they wanted me to do a rudaali, and were ready to pay Rs five lakh. I nearly fainted at the offer.”

The unusual invite came with an urgent reason. The deceased had run up substantial debts and the creditors had been knocking at his door. They wanted a star to be at the funeral to convey to the creditors that the dead man had been putting together a film and had spent all the money on that. “They wanted me to do a bit of rona-dhona and stand in a corner very quietly during the entire funeral. They said: ‘That would help us convince them (the creditors) that he’d been putting together a film with some actors,including you’.”

Chunky who refused to divulge the identity of the family, says he conveyed his regrets but the family was most insistent. “Their persistence was unbelievable, they kept saying if you can’t make it please get someone else to come.” Oddly moved by their plight he arranged for a replacement, a fairly well-known middle-rung actor from the industry. “I am not at a liberty to disclose who went instead of me, except to say the guy went very readily. Rs 5 lakh is not a small amount for standing like a statue for few minutes at an occasion where you are not going to talk much any way.”

The only problem was that the actor was told he’d be required for a few minutes but once he reached there the family would not let him go easily. “He’d been shooting that day and took a break to go thinking he’d be back on the sets soon but returned to the shoot after three hours. He called me to say he hadn’t anticipated that his little bit of moonlighting would disrupt the whole shoot.”

So any regrets that he turned down the guest appearance and the five lakh? “I didn’t even take any commission. As an actor I could have emoted whatever they wanted me to, but I am here to act in movies, not in funerals,” he shot back.