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Rajesh Khanna: Remembering Life, Stardom and Romance

IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, July 18, 2012]

Jatin Khanna (aka Rajesh Khanna) in 1966 called himself as a 'flop actor'.. Even in his wildest of dreams Rajesh Khanna would have ever realized that within a span of 3-4 years women of all ages will go crazy by even having his glimpse.

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Paint his car with their lipisticks, write letters in blood, get married to his photograph and apply sindoor.. it happened.. bollywood got his first superstar in the name of Rajesh Khanna who was just magic all around..

The fan following enjoyed by Rajesh Khanna was and will remain unmatchable..

There was no one and there will be no one like Rajesh Khanna.. Amitabh Bachchan said once, - I dream of becoming a star like Rajesh Khanna'.

Such was the impact of his stardom amongst people in his times wonder whether today's superstars joined together will enjoy the same hysteria their pioneer did.

Rajesh Khanna has gone but has left a lot for us.. the only actor to enjoy the unbroken record of 15 consecutive solo hits.. Rajesh Khanna's versatility ranged from a lover boy in Aradhana, to a lonely husband in Amar Prem, a psychiatric patient in Khamoshi.

A serial killer in 'Red Rose', a suspicions husband in 'Aap Ki Kasam', a guilty truck driver in 'Dushman' and of course the patient in Anand' who happily dies and teaches life.. the death scene in Anand is undoubtedly the most emotional moment of Indian cinema till date.

Rajesh Khanna appeared 163 feature films of which 128 films saw him as the lead protagonist was nominated fourteen times for Filmfare Awards and won three of them.

Rajesh Khanna made his debut with in 1966 with Chetan Ananad's ' Aakhri Khat' after winning the United Producers Fimfare talent hunt contest. followed by 'Raaz' produced by G.P. Sippy (who has promised Rajesh Khanna a break when Rajesh Khanna entered the contest, Big B also send his picture for the contest but was not considered)and Nasir Hussain's Baharon Ke Sapne' he got noticed and was appreciated for his performance but the movies did not go well at the box office and Rajesh jokingly started calling himself as a flop actor.

Rajesh introduction to stardom is courtesy Shammi Kapoor.. many didn,t know that Shakti Samantha who made Rajesh Khanna's first blockbuster 'Aradhana' always preferred his favorite Shammi Kapoor.. but somehow his next with Shammi 'Pagla Kahin Ka' was getting delayed due to date issues.. and Rajesh Khanna was in contract with United Producers who sponsored the Filmfare Talent hunt which he won.

'Aradhana' was a quickie with Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore.. the movie later turned out to be an unforgettable chapter in Bollywood cinema which changed Rajesh Khanna's fortune overnight.. S.D. music is still evergreen with numbers like "Mere Sapnon Ki Rani', 'Roop Tera Mastana'

Lovingly called as Kaka (young boy in Punjabi) Rajesh Khanna enjoyed god likes status between 1970 and 1975.. His portrayal as Anand Saigal in Hrishida's memorable masterpiece 'Anand' is considered to be his best and the movie became a guide for positivity and love for life.

His Jodi with Sharmila and Mumtaz guaranteed success at box office.. it's a still a mystery why filmmaker s of those times didn,t get the idea of 'Devdas' with Rajesh Khanna in lead with Sharmila as Paro and Mumtaz as Chandramukhi..

Veteran industry people recollect that Rajesh Khanna was called Kaka but he lived like a King. In those days two darbars use to be held. One gathering was at Dilip Kumar place which use to start at 11:00 a.m. and end by 1:00 p.m.

Whereas Rajesh Khanna's darbar use to start after 9:00 p.m when he use to return from shoots and it the party use to continue till wee hours.. he was kind to media and use to entertain them but one on one interview was still an achievement for journo even in the golden era age of 70's..

His films' music made him more memorable, the awesome threesome gave Bollywood rare gems like 'Yeh Sham Mastani, Kora Kakaz Tha Ye Man Mera, Kuch to Log Kahenge' , Chingari Koi Badke, Rd Burman's sung 'sweet heart', dariya se nadiyah, O Mere Dil Ke Chain'.. zindagi ka safar,.. the list never ends..

His fans have always been with him.. when he was a superstar he was the talk of the town, and when he is packing his bags for his next romance in heaven he still is the talk of the town.

The zest in the voice still haunts as the time for his darbaar comes near and we hear 'babu moshai, zindagi badi honi chaiye lambi nahin''.

Rajesh Khanna has gone but the Anand and romance is with us.. whenever wherever anyone will talk about stardom and romance in Indian cinema.. Rajesh Khanna will comeback.. and will make ask us to live on..

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