Kaka was a big superstar : Asha Parekh







Kaka was a big superstar: Asha Parekh

India Blooms News Service

Mumbai, July 18 (IBNS): Yesteryear actor Asha Parekh said Bollywood’s first superstar Rajesh Khanna, who died in Mumbai on Wednesday, was a ‘big’ superstar of the Indian film industry.

Khanna on Wednesday passed away in his Mumbai residence after battling with cancer. He was 69.

“He was a big, big superstar,” said Asha Parekh, who was Khanna’s co-actor in many films.

Remembering Khanna, Hema Malini said: “He was the best at his time.”

Actor Shabana Azmi called Khanna the ‘darling’ of Bollywood.

“He was the darling of Indian cinema. It was an amazing phenomenon that Rajesh Khanna had created,” said Shabana.

Actor Moushumi Chatterjee said: “I am so shocked hearing the news.i do not know how to react.”

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai said Khanna was an ‘inspiring’ person and had exceptional energy.

“I know Kaka (Rajesh Khanna) for a long time. He was very inspiring. He had an exceptional energy,” Ghai said.

“I don’t think anybody has enjoyed superstardom as Rajesh Khanna did in his prime days,” he said.

Actor Prem Chopra said: “Rajesh Khanna was a very dear friend of mine. He was a great guy to work with. He was the real superstar of that era.”

Actor Om Puri said: “He has made amazing contribution to the film industry. He has inspired many many actors.”

Actor turned politician Raj Babbar said: “He is the superstar and will remain the superstar forever. His films will continue to inspire generations to come.”

Veteran actor Manoj Kumar said: “Rajesh Khanna was one of his own kind. I remember youngsters going hysterical seeing him on the screen. He will never be forgotten.”

Actor Satish Shah said Khanna was an ‘icon’ to him.

“He has been a super icon for me,” Shah said.

According to reports, the superstar’s last rites will be performed at 11 am on Thursday.

Khanna gave India several memorable films that included ‘Kati Patang’, ‘Amar Prem’, ‘Shehzada’, ‘Apna Desh’, ‘Mere Jeevan Saathi’, ‘Aap Ki Kasam’, ‘Ajnabee’, ‘Namak Haraam’, ‘Maha Chor’, ‘Karm’, ‘Phir Wohi Raat’, ‘Aanchal’, ‘Kudrat’, ‘Ashanti’, ‘Agar Tum Na Hote’, ‘Awaaz, Hum Dono’ , ‘Anand’ and ‘Alag Alag’.

Pertinently, he had 15 consecutive solo superhits between 1969 to 1971, which is still an unbroken record in Indian film history.





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