Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood’s original superstar, passes away

Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood's …
The mega story had a small beginning in Amritsar. Born Jatin Khanna on Dec 29, 1942, he was adopted and raised by foster parents. He went from being Jatin to Rajesh, thanks to his uncle who changed his name, when he decided to join films. In 1965, the journey to filmdom started after he won the All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare. He made his debut with “Aakhri Khat” in 1966.

Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood's …
India’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna who was battling cancer, passed away at his Bandra residence in Mumbai. The veteran actor had been suffering from bad health for quite sometime and had already visited the hospital thrice due to ill health. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday, a spokeswoman for Khanna’s son-in-law, actor Akshay Kumar, said.

Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood's …
Kaka, as he was popularly known, was one of the highest paid actors of his time, his record of consecutive solo super hits still unbroken. Who can forget the years between 1970-1979 when he starred in mega hits like “Safar”, “Kati Patang”, “Sachaa Jhutha”, “Aan Milo Sajna”, “Anand”, “Amar Prem” and “Mere Jeevan Saathi”. Ever the urbane, suave romantic who wooed like few others.

Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood's …
Glory and fame galore came his way with the two 1969 films – “Aradhana” and “Do Raaste” – where he teamed up with two of his best co-stars, Sharmila Tagore and Mumtaz, respectively. Both the films were super hits. Hindi film’s first superstar was born. Between “Aradhana” in 1969 and “Prem Kahani” in 1975, Rajesh enjoyed god-like status.

Obit Rajesh Khanna
He became the heartthrob of the nation, singing timeless melodies like “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani…” in “Aradhana”, “Zindagi Ek Safar” in “Andaaz” or “Yeh Shaam Mastani” in “Kati Patang”. Singer Kishore Kumar and composer R.D. Burman were amongst his closest friends. In his four-decade career, he appeared in about 160 films, of which 106 had him as the solo lead hero and 22 were two hero projects

Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood's …
Whether it was a brooding lover, romantic charmer or a conscientious idealist, Rajesh Khanna could lend himself into any role. Seen here in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Anand’, this is the image of “Rajesh Khanna” that most of his fans are likely to remember.

Flashback: Remembering the …
His very name spelt magic in the 1970s. He sparked hysteria, particularly amongst his legions of women fans, who would line the road for a glimpse, chant his name, cover his car with lipstick marks and even write him letters in blood. They got married to his photograph, cut their finger, let the blood flow and applied ‘sindoor’.

Flashback: Remembering the …
Rajesh Khanna was Member of Parliament for New Delhi constituency from 1991-1996. He had been a Congress activist since 1990 and has campaigned for Congress party since 1984 at the insistence of Rajiv Gandhi.

Flashback: Remembering the …
Rajesh Khanna was the highest-paid Indian actor between 1970-1979 and later shared the tag with Amitabh in 1980-1987 period.

Flashback: Remembering the …
His only Punjabi movie as the solo lead hero Til Til Da Lekha released in 1979, won the Punjab State Government award and was a Golden Jubilee Hit. Aakhri Khat, Rajesh Khanna’s first ever released film, was selected for the Oscars in the best foreign language entry in 1967.

Flashback: Remembering the …
Rajesh Khanna was one of eight finalists in the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare from more than ten thousand contestants. He Khanna won the contest – and the rest is history.

Flashback: Remembering the …
Rajesh Khanna is credited with giving Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar their first chance to become screenplay writers by offering them work in Haathi Mere Saathi.

Flashback: Remembering the …
Such was the actor’s popularity that in lighter vein, actor-director Mehmood parodied him in ‘Bombay to Goa’ where the driver and conductor of the bus were called ‘Rajesh’ and ‘Khanna’.

Estranged kin stands by K …
The much ailing Rajesh Khanna had stepped out a few days back after he was discharged from hospital, along with estranged wife Dimple Kapadia and son in-law Akshay Kumar to greet the anxious fans waiting outside

Estranged kin stands by K …
Earlier it was reported that Khanna had stopped eating and was being attended by doctors every day

Estranged kin stands by K …
Rajesh Khanna’s elder daughter Twinkle Khanna is expecting her second child soon.

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A rare photo of Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia.

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Rajesh Khanna with his son-in-law Akshay Kumar.

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Rajesh Khanna and his elder daughter Twinkle Khanna.

Courtesy: http://in.movies.yahoo.com

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