Rajesh Khanna: The End !

…….But Anand never dies; he will continue living in the hearts of his fans

END OF AN ERA

MUHAMMED TAHIR

In the seventies Rajesh Khanna was the name made hearts throb. As the first superstar of Bollywood he captured million hearts and ruled the silver screen for a nearly a decade.
His mega hits like "Anand", "Safar", "Amar Prem", "Kati Patang", "Sachaa Jhutha", "Aan Milo Sajna", and "Mere Jeevan Saathi" created a record for most consecutive hits by a star. He was the heartthrob to whom female fans wrote letters in blood.
His charismatic persona was enough to hold audience, his unique dialogue delivery carried with that charming smile and head tilt made his fans swoon.
The winner of six Filmfare awards, he was nominated fourteen times for this award.
Born on 29 December 1942 in Amritsar, Punjab, Rajesh Khanna was adopted by relatives of his parents.  He attended St. Sebastian Goan High School in Girgaum and later joined Kishinchand Chellaram College as an undergraduate.  Interestingly, actor Jeetander was his batch mate in school.
Success at a talent contest held by United Producers and Filmfare in 1965 was all that set him on the road to filmdom  and he made his  debut next year in the film "Aakhri Khat" opposite Indrani Mukherjee
There were many charming ladies that Khanna worked with, but Mumtaz and Rajesh Khanna was one of the most successful screen pair in Hindi Cinema. They have had 100% success ratio at the box office with 8 blockbusters.
Teaming up with best of Bollwwood talent Kishore Kumar and R.D Burman, Rajesh Khanna gave some of the most memorable songs like "Mere Sapnoon Ki Rani..." (Aradhana), "Yeh Shaam Mastani" (Kati Patang), "Zindagi Ek Safar (Andaaz).  His friendship and chemistry with his co-artists can be drawn from this quote:
“Once, Pancham and I were flying together to Delhi for the premiere of Baharon Ke Sapne. When the plane took off and started cruising, he started humming a catchy tune. The moment I heard it, I cajoled him to use it for one of my playback songs. Months later, we were at the sitting of Kati Patang and we just could not get the right tune for a particular song which had a waltz meter. That's when, fortunately, I could recall the same tune that RD had sung at 32,000 feet. This melody, which was instantly approved by director Shaktida Samanta, was none other than 'Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai'.”
Although his romance and marriage to Dimple Kapadia in 1973 was a tabloid sensation (she was 15 years younger than him) the estrangements kept them apart, till they came together, like a true Bollywood drama, during his illness.
Rajesh Khanna joined politics in early nineties and was elected Member of Parliament (representing New Delhi as his constituency) for a 5 year term from 1991 through to 1996.
"Whenever a Rajesh Khanna movie would hit the screens, people in Kashmir would throng the cinema halls to watch their style icon." Recalls Kashmiri artist and Film-maker Hasan Javed.
"I as a film-maker” he points out, “always try to bring some element of Rajesh Khanna style in one of my characters because he has been my favorite actor".
"Most of Rajesh Khanna's films have been shot in Kashmir locales. His films helped promoting Kashmir tourism a lot" says Singer Aijaz Rah,
"He was style icon in true sense. Everyone would adopt his style, be that baen collar kurta or his unique style of wearing a scarf"

Lastupdate on : Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 18 Jul 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:00:00 IST




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