Superstar Rajesh Khanna (1942 – 2012)
Rajesh Khanna is the first superstar of the Bollywood. He is known as the “original superstar” of Indian cinema. He made an unbroken record by starring in 15 consecutive solo hit films in the period from 1969 to 1971. No other actor in bollywood got fame like him.
Rajesh Khanna Biography
Rajesh Khanna was an Indian actor, film producer and politician, he is known for his work in Hindi cinema. Rajesh Khanna was born on 29 December 1942 in Amritsar, Punjab. His real name is Jatin Khanna, Khanna was adopted and raised by Chunnilal Khanna and Leelawati Khanna, who were relatives of his biological parents. His father had migrated from West Punjab to “Gali Tiwarian” in Amritsar. His biological parents were Lala Hiranand Khanna and Chandrani Khanna.
He attended St. Sebastian’s Goan High School with his friend Ravi Kapoor, who later took the stage name Jeetendra. Khanna gradually began to take interest theatre, did many of stage and theatre plays in his school and college days, and won many prizes in inter-disciplinary college drama competitions.
In 1962 Khanna played a wounded mute soldier in the play Andha Yug and impressed with his performance; the chief guest suggested that he get into films soon.
Rajesh Khanna did his first two years Bachelor of Arts in Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune from 1959 to 1961, Khanna later studied in K. C. College, Mumbai. Khanna’s uncle K. K. Talwar changed Khanna’s first name to Rajesh when he decided to enter films.
Rajesh Khanna was one of eight finalists from more than 10,000 contestants in the 1965 All India Talent Contest, organised by United Producers and Filmfare, alongwith FTII students
Rajesh Khanna movies
In 1966, Khanna started his career with the film “Aakhri Khat”. Through his career, he appeared in more than 168 feature films and 12 short films. He won many awards and he was the most expensive Indian actor from 1970 to 1987.
He gave consistently 15 solo superhit films in 1969-72 – Sachcha Jhoota, Ittefaq, Do Raste, Bandhan, Doli, Safar, Kati Patang, Aradhana, Aan Milo Sajna, Train, Anand, Dushman, Mehboob Ki Mehandi, Khamoshi and Hathi Mere Sathi.
Later in 1972-1975, Amar Prem, Dil Daulat Duniya, Zoru Ka Ghulam, Shahzada, Mere Jivan Sathi, Bavarjee, Apna Desh, Anurag, Daag, Namak Haram, Avishkar, Ajnabi, Prem Nagar, Roti, Aap Ki Kasam and Prem Kahani were also successful films.
In 1976-78, Mahachor, Chhaliya Babu, Anurodh, Bhola Bhala and Karm were successful films. In 1979 he returned with Amar Dip. He gave many successful films till 1980-1991. During 1979-1991, he made many successful cinemas.
After 1991, Rajesh Khanna’s phase started to end. In 1994, he again return to the screen from Khudai film. In 1996, he did the successfull film “Sautela Bhai”. He also acted in films like Aa Ab Laut Chale, Kya Dil Ne Kaha, Pyar Zindagi Hai and Wafaa but these films did not have any particular success.
Rajesh Khanna death
In June 2012, it was reported that Rajesh Khanna’s health was getting worse. On June 23, he was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai due to health complications. He was discharged from hospital on July 8 and was reportedly recovering. Then on July 14, Khanna was sent to Lilavati Hospital, but on July 16 he was discharged. He died on July 18, 2012 in Mumbai in presence of his wife Dimple Kapadia, daughters Rinke Khanna and son-in-law Akshay Kumar and other close relatives in his bungalow. Sources confirmed that their health had deteriorated since July 2011 because they had detected cancer. After his death, his co-actress Mumtaz said that Khanna was suffering from cancer for a period of last year.
His funeral took place on July 19 at 11:10. His funeral had more than one million people and his admirers came from Delhi, Ahmedabad, America, Singapore and many other foreign countries. The police resorted to batoncharge to control the crowd of those people.
Amitabh Bachchan said that Khanna’s last words ‘Time Up’, ‘pack up’.
He thanked his friends and fans for that love and saluted them. On July 25, 2012, his Asthiya were immersed in the Ganges by his wife Dimple Kapadia and daughter Rinke Khanna.
Rajesh Khanna did not remain in us now, despite his films and songs, he will always be alive in our hearts.
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