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Rajesh Khanna: First superstar of Hindi Cinema moves to celestial congregation

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2013 by manoharv2009

12928_371103892964389_210232055_nRajesh Khanna: First superstar of Hindi Cinema moves to celestial congregation

GlamshamBy editorial | Glamsham – Wed 18 Jul, 2012 7:01 PM IST

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By Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial

So finally it has happened. The first superstar of Hindi cinema Rajesh Khanna popularly known as Kaka could not tide over the sickness that had inflicted him and passed away into the annals of history, or rather moved up in the sky to become a shining star to watch his aura that he created among the fans more than four decades ago.

While the jury may be out whether his featuring in the advertisement campaign of a fan was a correct decision on his part, what it underlined was the fact that the kind of obsessive fan following that Rajesh Khanna had has not been emulated again in the annals of Hindi cinema. This writer was privy to his fan following watching his film RAAZ in a village godown in Chakia in Varanasi, the film being screened on a temporary screen made out from sacks on which white paper was stuck. His songs were rewinded umpteen number of times and the spool could not withstand the pressure and the film was not shown completely. But nobody complained as they had been enthralled in his magic.

He was the first actor who created his own mannerism, the slightly tilted head that used to bobble with a jerk, his own unique hairstyle, the guru collar, and the short kurtas, which have now become a fashionable accessory, were his creation and contribution to the world of cinema. Those were the times when dress designers as an entity had still to make their debut in the world of Hindi cinema, imagine what effect would ‘Kaka’ have had on the fans, if he would have been helped by a designer and an image consultant. But may be he would have been helped in his image making by Anju Mahendroo who was a fashion consultant. He was a star who did not think twice before appearing with a pimpled face on the screen as well as he did in AMAR PREM. He was also the first star who popularized a new trend of wearing a belt over a shirt.

Making his debut with AAKHRI KHAT in 1966, he evolved into the phenomenon with ARADHANA in 1969, i.e. within 3 years, and never looked back before ANAND happened in his acting career, where the death scene of the film, where he passed away, saw the emergence of Amitabh Bachchan as the new phenomenon.

His evolution as a superstar was helped to a large extent by the voice of Kishore Kumar, the lilting music of Pancham aka R D Burman and the directors of the likes of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Shakti Samanta, Yash Chopra, Dulal Guha etc., all. Such was his aura that in 1973 BBC had made a documentary on him christening it as BOMBAY SUPERSTAR and had screened it as a part of Man Alive series. Within 7 years of his acting debut to be a subject of a documentary made by none other than BBC was a tribute to the sway that this man had on the Indian audience and the cataclysmic changes that he bought into the film industry.

All his contemporaries and even the stars of the present times have gone on record to say that they would give their right hand to be in the position that Kaka enjoyed. His Carter Road Bungalow , Aashirwad was one of the favorite spots for tourists from outside and even those belonging to Mumbai, and the folklore has it that fans used to spend days outside his bungalow to get a glimpse of his face.

He was also a star who made his comebacks as well, most famous being that with SAUTAN, and they followed by AAJ KA M.L.A RAM AVTAR. As a matter of fact the issue of parents being ill-treated that Aamir Khan had dwelt upon in Satyamev Jayate, Rajesh Khanna had enacted the same role in AVATAR, which again was a phenomenal hit.

In his passing away Hindi cinema has lost its one of the most shinning luminaries that it could ever have. Now the triumvirate that created one of the most magical moments of Hindi cinema is complete, Rajesh Khanna joining the gang of Pancham and Kishore Kumar, may be god would be enthralled by the elfin charm of Kaka. May his soul rest in peace


Why Rajesh Khanna was Bollywood’s first superstar

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2013 by manoharv2009

Why Rajesh Khanna was Bollywood’s first superstar

July 19, 2012

On Wednesday, Bollywood’s original superstar Rajesh Khanna died at the age of 69 in his Mumbai residence after prolonged illness. DESIGN: SIDRAH MOIZ KHAN

Superstars have a persona so larger than life that we seem to forget that they are but mortals and they too will depart from the world like every other human being.

It is the end of an era.

On Wednesday, Bollywood’s original superstar Rajesh Khanna died at the age of 69 in his Mumbai residence after prolonged illness.

As the world grieved his loss, the phrase “Bollywood’s first superstar” became the buzzword for all the obituaries in local, Indian and foreign media.

“I understand that he was a big, big star but how is he the first superstar?” asked a Bollywood aficionado friend of mine.

“What about Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand? Weren’t they superstars? And their time was before Rajesh Khanna’s! Just because the term became popular during his [Khanna] time doesn’t mean we should discredit his predecessors.”

His argument holds merit, I thought. Kapoor, in fact, has left an entire family of stars – his son Rishi Kapoor, his grandson Ranbir Kapoor and granddaughters Kareena and Karisma Kapoor. Raj Kapoor’s contribution to Hindi cinema is probably greater than that of most of his contemporaries.

And then it hit me.

Surely the big three – Kapoor, Kumar and Anand – saw glory that was unparalleled for their times, but why wasn’t the term “superstar” coined during their time? Something must have happened during Rajesh Khanna’s time compelling film analysts, writers and enthusiasts to hunt for another term to describe it. As they heard countless stories of women who would go weak in the knees when they saw him on screen, and in the head when they saw him (or his belongings, such as his car) up front, they came up with a word that would capture the intensity of that craze: superstar.

But that, although a feat in itself, is not the only reason he was the first superstar to have been born out of Bollywood.

“Ae Babu Moshai, zindagi aur maut uparwale ke haath hai jahan-panah. Usse na aap badal sakte hain na main.”

“Pushpa, I hate tears.”

“Kisi badi khushi ke intezaar mein hum yeh chote chote khushiyoon ke mauqay kho dete hain.”

These three dialogues, from the films Anand (1971), Amar Prem (1972) and Bawarchi (1972) respectively, are evergreen and if you are a fan of classic Bollywood, then it is highly improbable that you do not recognise these lines immediately.

Before Rajesh Khanna, the concept of a leading character’s dialogues becoming conversational phrases was rare and with him, it became usual. To me, this is the greatest evidence of his superstardom; dialogues that he delivered remain etched in the memories of not just his fans but all his viewers.

I often wish my life had a background score – and that most songs on it are in the voice of Kishore Kumar. I never thought much about who those songs had been picturised on, but now that I think of it, a vast majority of them are ones that Khanna has immortalised: from classic romantics like ‘O Mere Dil Ke Chain’ and ‘Yeh Jo Muhabbat Hai’ to dholki favourites ‘Jai Jai Shiv Shankar’ and ‘Meray Sapnon Ki Raani’ and the timeless and tragic ‘Chingari Koi Bhadke’ and ‘Yeh Kya Hua’.

Achha to hum chalte hain… (Super Star Rajesh Khanna)

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2013 by manoharv2009
Achha to hum chalte hain…
Thursday, July 19, 2012 AT 11:40 AM (IST)
Tags: actor,   Rajesh Khanna,   bollywood,   Mumbai,   Mrityunjay Bose

MUMBAI: Bollywood’s Kaka is no more. Hindi filmdom’s first superstar Rajesh Khanna leaves behind a repertoire of films – that would always be remembered, admired, followed and discussed.

Born Jatin Khanna on December 29, 1942, in Amritsar, he was raised by foster parents in Mumbai, where he stayed in Thakurdwar area of Girgaum.

Khanna attended St. Sebastian’s Goan High School in Girgaum, along with his friend Ravi Kapoor, who later took the stage name Jiteendra.

Before he entered filmdom, he changed his name to Rajesh Khanna.

In 1965, he won an all India talent contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare and as a result made his debut the next year in Aakhri Khat, directed by the legendary Chetan Anand.

But it was the 1969 film ‘Aradhana’ opposite Sharmila Tagore that changed the course of his career. The film had memorable songs – like ‘mere sapno ke raani’.

He won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same fourteen times. He was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Despite his heartthrob status, Khanna played a variety of roles – the terminally ill Anand, a chef in Bawarchi, a lonely husband in Amar Prem, and a psychiatric patient in Khamoshi or an Indian Air Force officer in Aradhana.

Directors like Shakti Samanta, Yash Chopra, Manmohan Desai, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ramesh Sippy worked with Khanna.

His name was linked to three of the actress of his time – but he married Dimple Kapadia. They married in March 1993. They had two daughters – Twinkle, herself an actress, and Rinkie.

For fans, he was a God. Girls “married themselves” to photographs of Rajesh Khanna, cutting their fingers and applying the blood as sindoor, according to film historians. So popular was Khanna that even actor Mehmood parodied his popularity in his hit film Bombay to Goa where the driver and conductor of the bus were called ‘Rajesh’ and ‘Khanna’.

Rajesh Khanna had 15 consecutive solo super hits between 1969 to 1971, which is still an unbroken record in Indian film history. The trio of Rajesh Khanna, Kishore Kumar and R. D. Burman went on to make several hits.


– To live with intention & walk to the edge. Play with abandon, choose with no regret. Smile & made us do the same.Sir,u defined our era.RIP —Shahrukh Khan

– Another of Hindi cinema’s giants passes, Rajesh Khanna. Our sincere condolences to his family. We will miss him dearly. — Madhuri Dixit-Nene

– The magic…the mannerism…the mania of RAJESH KHANNA is inscribed in every archive of indian cinema…forever….RIP SIR!!! — Karan Johar

– Just heard the sad news. Heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family to cope with this irreparable loss. R.I.P Rajesh Khanna, a superstar always. —Shilpa Shetty

– 2 young.2 early.Tragic. #RIPRajeshKhanna. A candle that burned brighter than any star for 2 short a time. — Shekhar Kapur

– When we lose a loved one, something within us dies. Our generation loved Rajesh Khanna. Today, a bit of us dies with this enigmatic star. —Mahesh Bhatt

– RIP to the 1st king of romance …… Rajesh Khanna… —Shahid Kapoor

– India’s only real Superstar is no more. Rajesh Khanna was and remains ‘The Phenomenon’. —Shobhaa De

– Deeply saddened to know Rajesh Khanna is no more with us on this planet! Wish the family and all his ardent fans strength! —Pooja Bedi

– “Babumoshai eto bhalo bhasha bhalo na…”Anand, Kati Patang, Bawarchi and many more… What a legacy you’ve left behind. RIP Rajesh Khannaji. —Dia Mirza

– RIP Rajesh Khanna. The Phenomenon. Thank you for the magic. — Rahul Bose

– Just hrd the saddest news.the 1st Superstar of india is no more, but the legend that was Rajesh khanna will live eternally through his films. —Farah Khan

– The word SuperStar was used first for Rajesh Khanna.His style.His Ada.His charm.His smile.His songs.His films. He.Will always live on. —Kunal Kohli

– RIP Rajesh khanna Saab … U , ur stardom, ur magic will live forever! — Neha Dhupia

– Sad to hear Indias 1st Super star, Rajesh Khanna is no more. RIP. — Mandira Bedi


He became the heartthrob of the nation, singing timeless melodies like:

– Mere Sapno Ki Rani.. (Aradhana)

– Yeh Jo Mohobbat Hai.. (Kati Patang)

– O Mere Dil Ke Chen.. (Mere Jeevan Saathi)

– Jai Jai Shiv Shankar.. (Aap Ki Kasam)

– Kahi dur jab dil dhal jaye.. (Anand)

– Kuch Toh Log Kahenge.. (Amar Prem)

– Yeh Sham Mastani.. (Kati Patang)

– Kora Kagaz Sa.. (Aradhana)

– Maine Tere Liye.. (Anand)

– Zindagi Ek Safar.. (Andaz)


– Ittefaq (1969)

– Aradhana (1969)

– Sachha Jhutha (1970)

– Hathi Mere Sathi (1971)

– Kati Patang (1971)

– Anand (1971)

– Amar Prem (1972)

– Bawarchi (1972)

– Dushman (1972)

– Namak Haraam (1973)

– Prem Nagar (1974)

– Prem Kahani (1975)

– Chakravyuya (1978)

– Kudrat (1981)

– Avtaar (1983)

– Souten (1983)

– Agar Tum Na Hote (1983)

– Hum Dono (1985)