Rajesh Khanna was very fond of our former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and credited him for introducing him to politics. According to a leading daily's version, Kaka used to call Rajiv Gandhi's assassination as 'the biggest shock of his life.'
According to media reports, Rajesh Khanna was made the Congress nominee to spite Amitabh Bachchan, who had fallen out with his good friend Rajiv Gandhi, following the Bofors controversy. It is said that Rajiv Gandhi used Khanna "to settle scores with Bachchan". In fact, the last public picture of Rajiv Gandhi with his wife Sonia Gandhi, alongside Rajesh Khanna, was published on the front page of most national dailies on May 21, 1991, which remains a part of the recollection of a large number of people in the capital.