Thursday, July 17, 2014


 Rajesh Khanna, was  one of the most successful and  versatile Indian actor. He  portrayed the record number of diversified roles successfully and amazed film lovers all over the globe.He was one of the Indian stars who had fans all over the world.He was brilliantly versatile yet he was popular as 'The Original King of Romance' and he was the first Super Star of India.He endeared everyone with his cute smile,excellent acting style and dialogue presentation,and overall charisma.This handsome actor overtook the earlier heroes and his contemporaries much ahead in popularity that his films ran all over India successfully.He was a craze for the millions of fans and where ever he went people gathered around him to get a glance of their loving actor.Female fans used to kiss his car and some of them wrote love letters to him in their blood.
Rajesh Khanna gave 91 Box Office hits in his acting career 1966-2012 period from a total of 128 films in which he was the solo lead actor.(Out of these only 117 were released).In his film career he appeared in 163 feature films.
There are 105 Box Office hits  during 1966 to 1996.
He had  minimum two  super-hits every year from 1969 to 77 period and from 1979 to 1987 period.
74 of his film celebrated Golden Jubilee and 48 were Platinum Jubilee films.
Out of the few flops he had there were critically acclaimed films.
He depicted maximum number of diversified characters like 'Air-Force Pilot,Truck Driver,Band Musician,Cancer Patient,Wealthy person,Alcoholic,Industrialist,Advocate,Forest Ranger,Illiterate Person,Fisherman,Don,Smuggler,Rickshaw Puller,Doctor,VillagernCommissioner of Police,Dacoit,School Teacher' and many more.In his career he was never type cast.
He entered film field by becoming the winner out of 10000 participants in a talent search competition and the reward was offer to act in films.His first film was 'Raaz' opposite Babita Kapoor but first released film was offbeat film 'Aakhri Khat' opposite Indrani Mukherjee which was a hit movie.
Rajesh Khanna started to climb the steps to superstar position by the film 'Baharon Ke Sapne' and reached the top by the release of film 'Aradhana' which was a super hit blockbuster film.
In the film Aradhana which was released in 1969 Sharmila Tagore was his pair and the film was directed by Shakti Samanta.He portrayed double role as Arun, and Suraj Prasad Saxena.
'Aan Milo Sajna' was a super-hit film in 1970 in which Asha Parekh was the heroine.
Rajesh Khanna made history by starring in consecutive 15 solo hits during the period 1969-71.
In the film 'Sacha Jhuta' directed by Man Mohan Desai in 1970, Mumtaz was his pair and he was in double role.He depicted a band musician living in a village who has a physically challenged sister and the other character was as a wealthy diamond business man.The film was second highest grossing film of that year.
'Anand' is a movie released in 1971 and 'India Times' ranked it as one among the 'Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films'.It was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.He acted as a cancer patient and Amitabh Bachchan as a Doctor.

'Bawarchi' was another nice film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee in 1972.
It focused to spread moral values in family life through clean comedy.
'Amar Prem' was directed by Shakti Samanta in 1972 and highlighted the decline of human values in the present day society.
'Namak Haram' was released in 1973 in which Rekha was the heroine.Amitabh Bachchan,Simi Garewal,Raza Murad,Om Shivpuri etc acted.Tajesh Khanna received BFJA Award as Best Actor(Hindi) for this film.
'Prem Nagar' was Rajesh Khanna-Hema Malini paired film directed by K.S.Prakash Rao in 74, and in the same year 'Aap Ki Kasam' was released in which Mumtaz was the heroine.Sanjeev Kumar,Rehman,Asrani etc acted in it which was directed by J.Om Prakash.It was the remake of Malayalam film 'Vazhve Mayam(1970) in which Sathyan and Sheela paired.Rajesh Khanna portrayed a jealous and suspicious husband of 'Sunita'(Mumtaz).
In the 1983 film 'Agar Tum Na Hote' he portrayed a wealthy industrialist.In this film Rekha and Raj Babbar were the other lead actors.
The actor had good chemistry with the leading heroines of that period and had acted in many films together.
Tanuja  his heroine in 'Hathi Mere Sathi' , Jaya Bhaduri  the heroine of 'Bewarchi' , Zeenat Aman  the pair in 'Chhilla Babu' , Tina Munim in 'Souten', Sridevi in 'Nazrana' Hema Malini in 'Prem Nagar, Asha Parekh in Aan Milo Sajna' etc  are examples of nice combinations.
He handled double roles in films 'Aradhana,Sacha Jhuta,Kudrat,Dard,Dharam aur Kanoon,Hum Dono,Humshakel,Mahachor,Mehbooba, and Bhole Bhala'.
Rajesh Khanna was elected member of Lok Sabha from New Delhi Constituency during 1992-1996.
He won Filmfare Best actor Award three times,and in 2005 received Filmfare Life Achievement Award.He was recipient of many other awards also.
He was Posthumously awarded India's third highest civilian Award 'Padma Bhushan' on 30 April 2013.
His Bronze Statue was unveiled in Bandra, Mumbai last year.
May his soul rest in peace.
Selected Filmography
Aakhri Khat
Baharon Ke Sapne

Do Raaste
The Train
Sacha Jhuta
Kati Patang
Aan Milo Sajna
Amar Prem
Apna Desh
Namak Haram
Aap Ki Kasam
Prem Nagar
Prem Kahani
Maha Chor
Amar Deep
Red Rose
Thodisi Bewafa
Dharam Kanta
Agar Tum Na Hote
Disco Dancer
Dharam Aur Kanoon
Asha Jyoti
Hum Dono
Alag Alag
Awara Baap
Woh Phir Ayegi
Jai Shiv Shankar
Rupaya Dus Karod
Kya Dil Ne Kaha

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