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Rajesh Khanna: First Superstar Of Indian Cinema

Rajesh Khanna: First Superstar Of Indian Cinema

Rajesh Khanna

Rajesh Khanna has given Bollywood hundreds of movies to Indian Cinema and in the following blog, get all you need to know about his life.

1. Rajesh Khanna was born as Jatin Khanna in December 1942 in present-day Punjab, India.

Rajesh Khanna

2. Considered as the First Superstar of the Indian Cinema, the man was part of 106 movies as a lead-hero! He gave 15-consecutive hits between 1969 to 1971. Around a hundred movies of Rajesh Khanna were critically acclaimed!

3. Rajesh Khanna was raised by relatives of his biological parents, who adopted him and were railway contractors.

Rajesh parents

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4. He completed his education from St Sebastian’s Goan High School along with his friend Ravi Kapoor (Jeetendra). He completed his Bachelors from Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune in 1961 and furthermore from Siddharth Jain College. Later on, he became interested in Theatre and did various plays during his school and college days. He also won several drama competitions.

St Sebastian's Goan High School

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5. In the play Andha Yug, Khanna performed as a mute soldier, who was wounded. He was recognised by the chief guest for it and was encouraged to do films.

Rajesh Khanna acts

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6. During his entrance into movies, KK, his uncle, changed his name to “Rajesh”. He also helped Jeetendra for his first auditions.

7. Do you know, due to his boyish look, Rajesh Khanna was called Kaka by his family & wife!

Rajesh as Kaka

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8. Rajesh Khanna’s first debut movie was Aakhri Khat released in 1966 and in 1967, it was nominated by 40th Oscar Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film.

Aakhri Khat, Rajesh Khanna's first debut

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9. In 1973, he married Dimple Kapadia. Both had two daughters, Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna. Twinkle Khanna later married Akshay Kumar.

10. Other notable movies by Rajesh Khanna are Raaz, Anand, Khamosh, Ittefaq, Namak Haraam, Kati Patang, Daag and many more!

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Namak Haraam movie

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11. India’s highest-paid actor of 1970s, amongst dozens of awards that the legendary & charismatic Rajesh Khanna won, were, Padma Bhushan, All-India Critics Association (AICA) Best Actor Awards, 3 Filmfare Best Actor Award, 4 BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi), Filmfare Special Award (1991), Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2005) on the 50th Anniversary of the Filmfare Awards.

Rajesh Khanna Awards

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12. In his later years following acting, Rajesh Khanna joined Indian National Congress. He moved on to become the Member of Parliament.

13. Following are a few memorable dialogues of Rajesh Khanna:

  • “Log zindagi ka sabse chota, sabse keemti lafz bhool gaye hain … pyaar” – Bawarchi
  • “Maut toh ek pal hai” –Anand 
  • “Agar tumhare jaise dost is duniya mein hue … toh kya zaroorat hai dushmano ki” – Amar
  • Prem“Pushpa…I hate tears” – Amar Prem
Pushpa...I hate tears

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The man who made his audience learn the dialogues, “Pushpa, I hate tears”, took his leave from the world on 18 July 2012, after suffering from cancer. Rajesh Khanna would be remembered by the stage of Cinema for eternity.

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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