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There cannot be another Super Star Rajesh Khanna, no never and ever in indian film industry

Posted in Super Star Rajesh Khanna on August 5, 2013 by manoharv2009

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Vinita Dawra Nangia
21 July 2012, 06:39 PM IST

Because there cannot be another generation that innocent, that untouched, that gullible and that willing to be romanced through the camera!

Each era idolizes stars who symbolize the collective yearnings of the time. And the amount of adulation or attention a star evokes is also a reflection of the spirit of the times.

Young girls today find tales of the collective Kaka mania fascinating, but ridiculous. Marrying his photograph or sponging it when he had fever, writing letters in blood to him, slashing their wrists when he had an affair with a co-star, or grieving when he married Dimple Kapadia – today’s young girl cannot possibly relate to any of this.

But then today’s sexually liberated youngster cannot possibly relate to her counterpart of the 1970s either. Young girls with newly discovered dreams and the hope of a life beyond what their mothers lived. Girls whose only experience of romance was possibly a steadily held gaze across the street or in a crowded bus, girls who even innocently believed that possibly a brush of the hand with a male may impregnate them!

The maximum freedom they were allowed was a visit to a female friend’s home, where they may share a few innocent glances with the friend’s brother, and then live out the rest of their days in a haze of romance generated by that interaction! Arranged marriages were a given, and romantic love still frowned upon. A girl yearned for even the little freedom that marriage afforded her from the restricted, over-protected existence at her parental home, and so romanticized even a wedding organized for her in the most cold-blooded corporate merger style.

And then came Rajesh Khanna, the quintessential friend’s brother, tender and caring, with a wealth of romance and understanding in those crinkled eyes. He was romance of the times personified, with that tilt of his head signifying interest, the come-hither wink, and that sexy smile that promised the fulfillment of a lifetime of dreams and desires. How could the girls of the time not be enticed? For Rajesh Khanna wooed the camera, not just his heroine. Each girl in the audience felt those eyes on her, the tilted head directed to her and the wink meant just for her! Each one gave her heart to the dream that he wove especially for her. He was her escape window into a tender world of romance that may never be a reality for her. But she dreamed, she hoped!

The intensity of the heroes before Kaka — the romance, the angst and the passion directed towards the heroine was suddenly a thing of the past. Raj Kapoor’s romance tinged with sadness and Dilip Kumar’s melancholic cloak of romance wrapped securely around himself served their purpose in an era when romance was a luxury beyond the call of daily living and demanded sacrifices. Dev Anand’s bad boy image and mannerisms attracted a fan following and Shammi Kapoor’s junglee romance and Shashi Kapoor’s edge of naughtiness were cute. But Rajesh Khanna was romance personified! And his good boy-next-door image helped. His brand of romance was a palpable entity that moved and changed and grew with him.

The collective passion fans had for him signified a rejection of the melancholic self-obsessed love of not just the heroes who came before him, but also of an era of self-absorption where love meant separation and tragedy, rather than a coming together. With Kaka, love became a celebration of life, aided by his romantic mannerisms and boy-next-door looks.

 His brand of romance gave wings of fancy to an entire generation of women. Men aped his style and mannerisms and wooed their women Kaka-style. Who would you compare to Rajesh Khanna today? Nobody! Kaka may never have changed till the end of his life but the women did! They wanted their men more aggressive and macho – enter Amitabh Bachchan. Then they decided their men should be both soft and hard  and wanted metrosexual, understanding men who treated them as equals – enter Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan. They wanted sexy go-getters who also had their sensitive side. Enter Ranbeer Kapoor.

There cannot be another Rajesh Khanna, no never! Because there cannot be another generation that innocent, that untouched, that gullible and that willing to be romanced through the camera!

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Kishore Kumar’s record for singing single hero

Posted in Super Star Rajesh Khanna on August 5, 2013 by manoharv2009

Copy (2) of 7162363-golden-frame-isolated-on-a-white-backgroundKishore da made a record by being the only singer to have sung in more than 90 films for a single hero. Kishore sang in 91 films for Super Star Rajesh Khanna. His closest friends were Super Star Rajesh Khanna, R.D.Burman, S.D.Burman and Rafi. He refused to lend his voice to Amitabh Bachchan in period 1982-1987 many times, when the latter refused to do a guest appearance in a Kishore-produced film and this affected Bachchan’s career tremendously as many of his films flopped post 1983.

Achcha toh hum chalte hain…Super Star Rajesh Khanna

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 4, 2013 by manoharv2009


He made heads turn, but not of the moneybag producers, when he hung out on the pavement outside Churchgate’s once-trendy Gaylord restaurant. Girls would hang out from the balconies in the adjoining buildings to chat with the wannabe actor, but the movie merchants would say under their breath, “Hurry… or he’ll start pestering us again.”

Of medium-height at most, ruddy complexioned, eyes which crinkled at the hint of a smile, Rajesh Khanna aka Kaka possessed just about the bare minimum qualities associated with a Bollywood star back in the 1960s. He belonged to the north, as they used to say then, spoke Hindi fluently, displayed attitude and the Churchgate college girls would swoon that from certain angles he looked like Alain Delon. Music composers Shankar-Jaikishan, regulars at the Gaylord, didn’t ever think he was worth sharing a cup of the restaurant’s famous cinnamon coffee. No matter. Khanna would smoke his 555 cigarettes right till the end of the butts. His body language, resting on the cars parked there, shrugged, “Hey guys, not to worry. My day will come.”
It did and how! In my waking memory I haven’t seen an actor who commanded the hysterical fan following which he did. “Rajesh Khanna worship” was intense even if it did not have the sort of longevity which Bollywood’s first superstar could have commanded. First? Simply because the word hadn’t been coined earlier, and Khanna’s tsunami-like popularity had to be experienced to be believed. His appeal cut through generations, from the campus set to grand pops and grannies.
The Gaylord gadabout’s story was something of a Bollywood fantasy script. At long last, he had been selected as one of the eight finalists of a magazine’s talent contest in 1965. His first batch of films ranged from the whodunit Raaz (which also introduced Babita), Aakhri Khat (a black-and-white film in which the focus was more on a lost little boy), Aurat (a potboiler
from Chennai) and Baharon Ke Sapne (glam director Nasir Husain’s attempt to go realistic in vain).
Rajesh Khanna was a loser. Till Aradhana (1969) altered his life absolutely. Followed a series of major hits — Do Raaste, Bandhan, Anand, Namak Haraam and Amar Prem. He could do no wrong. Even the unconventional Ittefaq, with a minimal number of characters, was a winner, leading to his long-time association with Yash Chopra. In fact, today’s reigning film production banner Yash Raj is believed to have been a combo of the names of the director’s and Raj-esh.
The first unquestionably “wow” performance was that of the eponymous Anand, the terminally ill young man (partially inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru). His death scene, with “Babu moshai”, Amitabh Bachchan, by his bedside is one of the most movingly written and acted scenes in Hindi cinema. It seems the two sparred over who should “die” in Namak Haraam. Rajesh Khanna did, after all he was a more powerful star then. Oddly enough, Rajesh Khanna excelled in death scenes, the other examples being Safar and Khamoshi.
Kaka’s private life was fodder for endless gossip. Anju Mahendru, his long-time girlfriend, was suddenly out with his overnight marriage to Dimple Kapadia, still in her teens. The actor, however, wasn’t making new friends, losing many of them it is said because of his mood swings and arrogance. Shakti Samanta and he parted ways. Yash Chopra moved on to the next big super-actor freshly arrived on the scene, Amitabh Bachchan. Anger was in, romance was out.
Once in Guddi, Dharmendra had said wistfully to Jaya Bhaduri, “Everyone wants Rajesh Khanna… so why me?” As it happened, the superstardom passed on to Guddi’s real-life husband Amitabh Bachchan who was just what Rajesh Khanna wasn’t: tall, swarthy and possessed of a baritone voice.
I met Rajesh Khanna on the sets of Dhanwan, when he was just about doing okay in the showdom. A rookie reporter, told about his mood swings, I wasn’t disappointed. Before I could ask the first question, he played a drum beat on the table between us. It could have been for two minutes but felt like 20. A year later I saw his other side: super-affable and chatty. “As long as you don’t ask about my early days, I’m fine,” he grinned, ordering a virtual bakery of cakes to go with a cup of tea.
Whenever I asked Dimple Kapadia about him, she didn’t have a harsh word to say about their collapsed marriage. “He’s an incredibly nice guy,” she has said repeatedly. “I was just too young to get married. And maybe it was my fault that we couldn’t make it work.”
The last time I met Kaka was on a Mumbai-Delhi air flight. We made polite conversation. He said, “I hope you didn’t review my last film (Wafaa),” and laughed. “We must meet up but promise me we won’t go into those good or bad old days. Jo ho gaya so ho gaya.”

The writer is a journalist, film critic and film director


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Shri Nalin Shah Seen With Late Super Star Rajesh Khanna and Shri Vinod Mehra

Posted in Super Star Rajesh Khanna with tags on August 4, 2013 by manoharv2009


Shah Group is the result of the efforts, hard work and vision of Shri Nalin Shah who has shaped the company and taken it to its present form.

Seeing the stupendous outcome, Mr. Nalin Shah’s name and fame scaled great heights. Numerous celebrities, politicians and social workers felt it a matter of pride to be associated with this great visionary. Mr. Shah also felt that this interaction would help him to fulfill his social obligations and help him to do his bit for the lesser privileged.

Some of the well known faces from the film industry were close associates of Mr. Shah during his hay days. Two such names are the Late Rajesh Khanna a.k.a. the Kaka of Bollywood and Vinod Mehra the reticent and shy star who was known for his dynamism. It was a memorable moment when these talented stars of the world met each other.

Mr. Nalin Shah with Late Rajesh Khanna and Shir Vinod Mehra

“Mr. Nalin Shah with Late Rajesh Khanna and Shir Vinod Mehra”

These and many similar eminent names have been proud to be associated with Mr. Nalin Shah.


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