Super Star Rajesh Khanna's Birthday on 29th December - The only & real Super Star of Indian Cinema till date

Super Star Rajesh Khanna
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Super Star Rajesh Khanna
Super Star Rajesh Khanna | Source
Super Star Rajesh Khanna
Super Star Rajesh Khanna | Source
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Super Star Rajesh Khanna
Super Star Rajesh Khanna | Source
Super Star Rajesh Khanna
Super Star Rajesh Khanna | Source
Super Star Rajesh Khanna
Super Star Rajesh Khanna | Source
Super Star Rajesh Khanna
Super Star Rajesh Khanna | Source
Super Star Rajesh Khanna
Super Star Rajesh Khanna | Source
Super Star Rajesh Khanna
Super Star Rajesh Khanna | Source

Super Star Rajesh Khanna's Birthday on 29th December. The Greatest Living Legend & the real only Super Star of Indian Cinema till today.

No rise or fall of a star has been as been quite as dramatic or spectacular as that of Rajesh Khanna. From 1969 to 1972, the Rajesh Khanna phenomenon swept Bollywood off its feet and the hysteria he generated was unlike anything seen before and after. As hit followed hit and women all over the country swooned over him, Rajesh Khanna admitted feeling 'next to God.' In fact, Rajesh Khanna could perhaps be called Hindi Cinema's first superstar. And yet in one of life's greatest ironies just 5 years later by 1977, his career was in shambles as film after film began failing at the box office. As he fell to the 'angry young man' onslaught of Amitabh Bachchan and found himself totally rejected by filmgoers it is said he went to his terrace in heavy rain asking God not to test his patience...

 

 

Born Jatin Khanna, he was the adopted son of his parents. After a stint in theatre, he was selected by the United Producers' Talent Contest. He made his film debut in Chetan Anand's Aakhri Khat (1966). His earlier films however did nothing for him till Aradhana (1969) came along.

 

 

Released in November 1969, Aradhana made Rajesh Khanna a star. In the double role of a father and son, both air force pilots, Khanna cut a most dashing figure in uniform. His mannerisms - the crinkling of his eyes and shake of the head asking the heroine to come to him found instant favour with the audience and aided by such S.D. Burman ditties as Mere Sapnon ki Rani, Kora Kaagaz Tha Yeh Man Mera, Roop Tera Mastana, Gun Guna Rahe Hain Bhawarein and Baaghon Mein Bahar Hai, Aradhana was a golden jubilee hit. Barely a short while later in December the same year, Raj Khosla's Do Raaste opened to full houses and also went on to be a golden jubilee hit. What's more in Bombay, the two films had their main theatres right across the road from one another, Aradhana at Opera House and Do Raaste at Roxy!

 

 

Thereafter till 1972, it looked like Rajesh Khanna could do no wrong. Film after film swept the box-office. But there was more to him than just his mannerisms as he built the image of a vulnerable, gentle romantic. In films like Khamoshi (1969), Safar (1970) and Anand (1970), he came up with sensitive performances straight from the heart. Anand saw perhaps his greatest ever performance as a man stricken with cancer but wanting to live life to the fullest before he dies. In Anand, Rajesh Khanna more than justified Frank Capra's immortal observation,

 

 

"Tragedy is not when actors cry. Tragedy is when audiences cry."

 

 

Indeed at the end of Anand as Amitabh sits by Khanna's dead body and as the tape recorder plays Khanna's voice, you cannot help but cry along with Amitabh.

 

 

As Khanna went from strength to strength, even a guest appearance in Andaaz (1971) generated more hysteria than the hero of the film Shammi Kapoor. In fact symbolically this represented the end of the Shammi Kapoor era and the peak of the Rajesh Khanna era. Though Khanna worked with top heroines of the day like Waheeda Rehman, Nanda, Mala Sinha, Tanuja and Hema Malini, his most popular pairings were with Sharmila Tagore and Mumtaz. The BBC made a film on him, Bombay Superstar, and a textbook prescribed by the Bombay University contained an essay, 'The Charisma of Rajesh Khanna!'

 

 

 

Rajesh Khanna formed a brilliant combination with director Shakti Samanta, Music Director R.D. Burman and 'his voice', singer Kishore Kumar resulting in such films like Kati Patang (1970) and Amar Prem (1971). With Hrishikesh Mukherjee, he gave fine performances in Bawarchi (1972) and Namak Haram (1973) ably carrying both films on his shoulders. The same year (1973) also saw him score with a strong performance in Aavishkaar, Basu Bhattacharya's realistic study of a marriage gone sour.

 

 

By this time however, Rajesh Khanna's films had started flopping but he failed to see the writing on the wall as the success of films like Daag (1973), Namak Haram, Aap ki Kasam (1974), Prem Nagar (1974) and Roti (1974) still kept him afloat. Also Amitabh Bachchan had stormed the Industry with his intense 'angry young man' performance in Zanjeer (1973). With his tall and lean looks, Amitabh became emblematic of the new kind of action hero. Every hero fell to the Amitabh onslaught and Rajesh Khanna was no exception. He tried to stay in the news however with a sensational marriage to the 'Bobby Girl', Dimple Kapadia who at 16 was 15 years younger than him!

 

 

With Amitabh's success, different kind of movies began to be made with a stronger accent on action. Rajesh Khanna's romantic mannerisms now appeared jaded and out of synchronization with the times. Even films with old regulars Shakti Samanta (Ajnabi (1974), Mehbooba (1976), Anurodh (1977)) and Hrishida (Naukri (1978)) came unstuck at the box-office. What's more both Shakti Samanta and Hrishida went on do a series of films with the new superstar, Amitabh Bachchan! And to top it all, even his marriage to Dimple was on the rocks and subsequently she left him and resumed her acting career with much success.

 

 

Though Amardeep (1979) and Thodisi Bewafayi (1980) brought Rajesh Khanna some reprieve, it was the triple success of Agar Tum Na Hote (1983), Avtaar (1983) and Souten (1983) that proved to be the last strong flickers in a dying flame. Avtaar particularly saw a good performance from him in the role of a self-respecting garage mechanic.

 

 

In the 1990s with his film career all but over, Rajesh Khanna entered politics and even served a stint as Member of Parliament with the Congress - I Party. He made an undistinguished comeback of sorts in Rishi Kapoor's Aa Ab Laut Chalein (1999) and is now all set to make his debut on Television with the serial Batwara.

 

 

 

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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

I watched Aaradhana with my friend recently great songs and story, she had to translate it for me :) but was real nice. Good story.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

Three is an Indian Restaurant here that plays movies in the dining room and this is where I surely have seen him. Much success to him in his new TV adventures!

Thanks for this well written Hub.


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Tasteful Tidbit 8 years ago

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prasadjain 8 years ago from Tumkur

I disagree with your opinion Manohar , about the heading of the hub. I have Seen his hay-day movies ( AS I was a youth then).No doubt he is a good actor and was most beautiful of all the actors of those days. But as far as acting talent is concerned there were many at his time and before,to equal or surpass him-Gurudutt,V.Shantharam, Shivaji Ganeshan. Gemini Ganeshan, Dr.Rajkumar,Kamal Hasan etc- Surely, there was a heap of good actors. Calling

rajesh khanna as the only hero of Indian cinema even today is, at any stretch of inagination, is much exaggeration.


Manish 8 years ago

Prasadjain,

I think you're misinterpreting what he is saying. No doubt those actors you mention had enormous fan fare and craze. And he isn't saying that Rajesh Khanna was a better actor then the rest and that the rest weren't heroes. It is just that Rajesh Khanna's wave had UNPARALLELED craze and uproar, it was the most dramatic and sudden. Of course, I wasn't even alive when Rajesh Khanna's career "sank" so you'd proly know better than I but that is my do anna. :)


Manish  8 years ago

So due this UNPARALLELED dramatic & steep hysteria - Rajesh Khanna wasn't just A star - he was a the FIRST superstar.


justicejayant 8 years ago

Great article! thanks for sharing.


Vikram 7 years ago

I fully agree with the article. Writer has a good grasp over the film industry. There is no denying Rajesh Khanna was the first and last true suerstar of Indian film industry.


Deborah 7 years ago

Rajesh Khanna was indeed the first superstar on indian screen. His romantic roles topped everyone's during that time. His eyes were sooooo romantic and his smile wowed crowds.


bluelotus 7 years ago

Rajesh Khanna is and was a fabulous actor. He had done a lot of theatre before he came into films. It was his mannerisms , in later years, that put off the fans. I think it is as much the fault of his directors as him that they could not take the best out of him. His talent has remained untapped.

Also V. Shantaram and Gemini Ganeshan started their careers way before Rajesh Khanna. V. Shantarama started in the early 40s and Gemeni Ganeshan just a few years later. Rajesh Khanna appeared in 1965 just a couple of years before Amitabh Bachan. He far excelled Jeetendra in the acting department. He was better than Dharmendra in command on language and diction of the Hindi Language. Where as Dharmendra spoke with a mildly Punjabi accent, Rajesh Khanna spoke impeeccable Hindi. Jeetendra was slightly wooden compared to Rajesh Khanna. Even when you see the re-runs of his earlier movies, you cant help but admire Rajesh Khanna.

Why did Khanna have a shorter carrier than Jeetendra or Dharmendr? I think it was his mannerisms! and bad PR. Bad hair style in his later films. In the acting area he was pretty close to Sanjeev Kumar, another of his contemporaries.


indu gautam 6 years ago

rajesh khanna is a greatest superstar ever no comparision any other actor


jasas 6 years ago

beat of million hearts .all time favourite


mudit 6 years ago

everyhuman like you but i think you are a greastest hero of hindi cinema my no 9098299444


SENARATH J 6 years ago

I AM A SRI LANKAN AND I HAVE BEEN AN ARDENT FAN OF MR.RAJESH KHANNA SINCEI WAS 14 AND TODAY IAM 54 AND I STILL WAITING TO GET A CHANCE TO SEE HIM/MEET HIM PERSONALLY.PLEASE GIVE ME AN APPOINTMENT.

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shankarlal 6 years ago

rajesh khanna is a greatest superstar ever no comparision any actor such a ultimate true legend so many superstar of the indian cinema but original and real superstar is only one name is no doubt about that only rajesh khanna


prasad 6 years ago

NO ONE HAS SEEN SUPER STARDOM THE WAY RAJESH KHANNA HAS SEEN.


ANJALI 6 years ago

I CANT UNDERSTAND SOME PEOPLE SAY AMITABH BACCHAN AND RAJNIKANT IS A ORIGINAL SUPERSTAR OF THE INDIAN CINEMA. BUT ALL IS FALSE ORIGINAL AND REAL SUPERSTAR OF THE INDIAN CINEMA IS ONLY ONE NAME IS NOT OTHER THEN ONLY RAJESH KHANNA THAT IS THE TRUE.


om prakash 6 years ago

Rajesh khanna is only superstar of the indian cinema no other actor never near him present or future that is a true


rohit kulkarni 6 years ago

Rajesh Khanna is a biggest superstar ever no doubt about that. all the actor today is cheap entertainer. Rajesh Khanna is only actor to survive and reach legendry height without midia support that is the true Rajesh Khanna real and only superstar of the indian cinema till date probably future


hemal ganatra 6 years ago

rajesh khanna is the best . No actor can compete him.


vikram 6 years ago

indian cinema produce only one superstar name is not other only rajesh khanna that is 100%true all other actor is the cheap entertainer inculding amitabh bacchan specially rajnikant he is bad spot in the film industry comparision kamal hassn. kamal hassan is far ahead to rajnikant


sunil kumar 5 years ago

couldn't agree more that he is the only super star indian cinema has produced because he touched the height where noone has gone till date.

why he went down so early I think the you see kind of movies he did at that time were below his standard I think he signed movies just ine after other without looking into the content . I saw some of theose movies like Bhola-Bhala , Chalta pura, Fifty-Fifty were really bad.WHy He did that e dont know but we have seen that era of his No one amitabh sharukh or salman could reach there it was amazing and unbelievable he was like God,


vipul 5 years ago

the name rajesh khanna is enough to say about his stardom but now a days bollywood has forgaten him.........................


deepak desai 5 years ago

Simply"Acting ka Sartaj" No one can even reach near him,without comparision.


shankarlal 5 years ago

True is true indian cinema produce only one superstar and that is RAJESH KHANNA no actor never near him till date .


vipin tyagi 5 years ago

Kaka tumhara jawab nahin, bahut khoobsoorat filmain de hain tumne aanand,safar,khamoshi,bavarchi,amarprem,aavishkar,namak haram,premkahani,daag,aapki kasam,kati patang,aur n jaane kitni filmain hain jo tumhare abhinay ki misaal hain,kaash main tumse mil sakta,lekin tum kabhi bhi wafa jaisi film n karna,


shankarlal 5 years ago

No others actor called true superstar,True superstar is only one and that is the RAJESH KHANNA.


joni 5 years ago

Rajesh khnna is chutia


Joni 5 years ago

Rajesh Khanna is average actor. He is overshdow from Dharmendra & Amitabh Bacchan


shankarlal 5 years ago

Rajesh khanna is a baap of Amitabh bacchan as a superstar,Rajesh khanna is a greatest superstar ever.


kamal 5 years ago

Amitabh bacchan is a biggest chutia on earth


suru 5 years ago

i love rajesh khanna .he is realy wonderful actor .


saty 5 years ago

rajesh khanna accha ctor ho to ho par insaan to achha nahi hai .. wo aaj jaha hai sala khud jimmedar hai


Nag shankar 4 years ago

Looking back the films of 60 and 70, I personally think It is rajesh khanna films which have more weightage and performance and will be remembered for ever. Amitabach bachan film have more masala content. Performance wise rajesh khannas films have more content. Rajesh khanna is a far better actor than amitabh if contents and performance are given weightage.


MR. YASH PAL KHETARPAL 4 years ago

HAPPY BIRTH DAY

MR. RAJESH KHANNA JI

MY BLESSING AREW WITH WHEREEVER YOU ARE, PLEASE ACCEPT MY WISHES.

AGAIN HAPPY BIRTHDAY


HABIB UR REHMAN 4 years ago

ASSALAM-O-ALAIKUM,RAJESH KHANNA SAHAB,HUM PAKISTANI BHI AAP KO BUHUT LIKE KARTE HEN OR YAHAN UNLIMITED FANS HEN AAP KE,MERI TARAF SE AAP KO HAPPY BIRTH DAY 2 U,ALLAH AAP KO HAMESHA HEALTHY OR HAPPY RAKHE,AAP KI FAMILY KO BHI AAP KA BIRTH DAY MUBARAK HO,,,,I,LOVE U,,,,,SAHIB JI


sanjay patel 4 years ago

dear sir

you are beast of beat and also amitabh and all oy=thers are infrounf of you nothing. you both r great on those day to till new junr. like ur film


deepak 4 years ago

1000 of AMITABH BACHCHAN, RAJNIKANT, SHAHRUKH KHAN, or other actors cant beat one RAJESH KHANNA as a superstar.


shankarlal 4 years ago

No actor yet compete with Rajesh khanna as a superstar.


jai 4 years ago

Popularity graph of rajesh khanna was multiple times higher than amitabh or any body else.


Amjad 3 years ago

Amitabh was more popular than Rajesh Khanna. You only had to look at what happened when he was injured on the sets of coolie, the entire nation almost stopped! No actor has seen that kind of stardom. Rajesh khanna was media made.

Amitabh is the biggest superstar ever! no doubt

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