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

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)


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