Biography of Super Star Rajesh Khanna – 2

Rajesh Khanna

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Rajesh Khanna
Born Jatin Khanna
December 29, 1942 (1942-12-29) (age 66)
Amritsar, Punjab, India
Spouse(s) Dimple Kapadia (1973-1984)

Rajesh Khanna (Hindi: राजेश खन्ना; Punjabi: ਰਾਜੇਸ਼ ਖੰਨਾ) (born Jatin Khanna on 29 December 1942 in Amritsar) is an Indian Bollywood thespian and laureate of the Dada Saheb Phalke Legend Golden Actor Award and the IIFA 2009 Life Time Achievement Award. He also served a five year tenure as an MP in the Indian parliament (1991–1996). He is also known as Kaka or affectionately called RK by his fans.



Early Life :

Khanna was born in Amritsar on 29 December 1942.

Adult life :

In the late 1960s, Khanna dated Anju Mahendru. The couple eventually drifted apart, and split in the early-1970s. He married Dimple Kapadia, a Gujarati, in 1973 and has two daughters from the marriage.[1] Khanna and Dimple Kapadia separated in 1984, as his schedule kept him away much of the time and she became interested in pursuing an acting career. After the separation, he was romantically involved with Tina Munim for a period of time. Following a few years of separation, the relationship between Kapadia and Khanna blossomed once again, and remained that of close friends. Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna, an interior decorator and also a former Hindi film actress, is married to actor Akshay Kumar and younger daughter Rinke Khanna, also an Indian actress is married to an entrepreneur Sameer Saran.[2]

Early success (1966–1974) :

Rajesh Khanna joined the film industry after winning an All India Talent Contest through a nation-wide selection procedure. He made his film debut in the 1966 film Aakhri khat, followed by Raaz opposite heroine Babita, but neither was a major success. He was noticed for his performance in his next film Baharon Ke Sapne which was followed by box office successes like Aurat (1967), Khamoshi, and Aradhana (1969). Established as a popular protagonist, he appeared in many romantic, melodramatic and social films, often appearing with the same actresses – such as Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Hema Malini and Asha Parekh.

During the peak of his career he would be mobbed during public appearances. Fans kissed his car, which would be covered with lipstick marks, and lined the road, cheering and chanting his name. Female fans sent him letters written in their own blood.[1]

Several songs sung by Kishore Kumar in the 1970s were based on Rajesh Khanna.

Rajesh Khanna had 15 consecutive hits between 1969 to 1972, which is still an unbreakable record in Indian film. His success began to diminish in terms of box office results of his films in the mid 1970s (1976-78) owing to various factors, including his sudden marriage, emerging heroes like Rishi Kapoor, and the introduction of video in India and its resulting decrease in number of family audiences.[citation needed]

Later career (1976–present) :

Post-1976, Khanna had a string of box office flops, including Aaina and Mehbooba. Media reports in the late seventies suggested that success had perhaps caused Khanna to be complacent, often turning up late for shoots and throwing tantrums, as well as having a whole entourage of sycophants accompany him for his shoots. This behaviour coupled with the changing trend from romantic and social movies to action oriented multi-star films in the late-1970s and early-1980s caused the decline of Khanna’s career in terms of box office ratings to some extent. However, he continued basically in solo hero social sober household meaningful films during multistar masala films’ era.[1]

Khanna met with more success in challenging roles with critically acclaimed box office hits such as ,Amardeep,Thodi Si Bewafai, Dard, ‘Dhanwaan’ ‘Avtaar‘ ‘Agar Tum Na Hote, Souten[Red Rose]etc. (1979 onwards to end of 80s). He also performed in few multistar films with central characters such as Kudrat, Rajpoot, Dharam Aur Kanoon, and Ashanti. He shared a very close relationship with R.D.Burman and Kishore Kumar. The trio were very close friends and have worked together in more than thirty films. Several actors who were part of the cast of most of his films included Sujith Kumar, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri, Asrani, Bindu, Vijay Arora and A K Hangal, who remained part of his “team” until the late eighties.

From the early nineties onwards he stopped acting and served as an M.P. of New Delhi Constituency from 1991 to 1996. During that period, he returned to acting, appearing in Khudai (1994). He made a come back as a NRI in Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999), and Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa (2002). In September 2007, he officially announced his planned return to the big screen, signing a contract for several new films, including some TV serials. His successful TV serial Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Aayi began in November 2008 and ended in September 2009.[3] Presently he has been offered a huge amount (Rs.3.00 Crore) to enter in Big Boss 3 season in Colour Channel due to heavy demand in term of TRP.

Television :

He is a life member of the International Film And Television Research Centre, the International Film And Television Club and the Asian Academy of Film & Television. In 2001 and 2002, Rajesh played major roles in two television serials: Aapne Parai (B4U & DD Metro) and Ittefaq (Zee TV). He performed in a video album based on Tagore’s songs (Rabindra Sangeet) without payment[citation needed], and is currently in the process of creating his own music channel “R.K. Music Channel”[citation needed]. He also endorsed “Star se Superstar tak” – a talent hunt programme in 2007[citation needed] and donated a Gold Trophy of Rs.1 Crore with Ms. Priyanka Chopra.”[citation needed] In its Silver Jubilee Episode on 14-15 March 2008, K for Kishore aired a Rajesh Khanna Special. , He signed a TV serial with Creative Eye Banner (Dhiraj Kumar) in 2007.[citation needed], and in 2008 he is going to perform in a T.V. serial Bhabhima, with Leena Ganguly as his co-star. His one more T.V. Serial ‘Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Aai’ has just winded-up in DD National Channel which was started since November, 2008. {{Citation needed|date=October 2008}. Presently he has been reportedly offered a huge amount to enter in Big Boss 3 season in Colour Channel due to heavy demand in term of TRP growth predicted after his entry.

Rajesh Khanna is a life member of International Film And Television Club and International Film & Television Research Center of Asian Academy Of Film & Television.

Political career :

Between 1991 and 1996, Rajesh Khanna was a member of Parliament for the Congress Party, from the New Delhi constituency. He has since been a political activist for the Congress Party.


 Filmfare Award :s

  • 1969 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Aradhana
  • 1969 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Ittefaq
  • 1971 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Kati Patang
  • 1972 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Dushman
  • 1972 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Amar Prem
  • 1973 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Daag
  • 1974 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Prem Nagar
  • 1979 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Amar Deep
  • 1980 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Thodi Si Bewafai
  • 1981 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Dard
  • 1983 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Avtaar

Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Award

  • 2008 Lifetime Achievement Golden Actor Award at Mumbai on the occasion of Dada Saheb Phalke Birth day celebration.

IIFA Award

  • 2009 Life Time Achievement Award (Golden Decade function at Macau,China)

Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards

Tamil Cinema Award

  • 2009 Life Time Achievement Award at Chennai (IX All India Cine Employee Federation Conference) by Tamil Superstar Kamal Hasan.



One Response to “Biography of Super Star Rajesh Khanna – 2”

  1. shankarlal Says:

    Indina film industry produce only one superstar and that is RAJESH KHANNA. He is remain till date single and undisputed superstar. Nobody actor never near him he is real and original super star of the indian cinema

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