Bollywood — 18 July 2012
First Superstar of Hindi Cinema Rajesh Khanna Died

First Superstar of Hindi Cinema Rajesh Khanna is no more. Rajesh Khanna, the popular actor of 70’s died today at his home in Mumbai. He was 69 & was suffering from cancer.

The 69-year-old actor was admitted to the hospital on April 01st after he complained of weakness and fatigue. He was discharged in three to four days. Khanna was admitted again on June 23 and spent two weeks there. He was hospitalised for the third time on July 14 due to weakness and low blood pressure. Rajesh Khanna is survived by his ex-wife Dimple Kapadia and two daughters Twinkle and Rinke.

Rajesh Khanna made his film debut in a 1966 film Aakhri Khat, followed by Raaz opposite Babita, but neither was a major success. He was noticed for his performance in his next film Baharon Ke Sapne which was followed by box office successes like Aurat (1967) and Khamoshi. Rajesh Khanna had 15 consecutive hits between 1969 to 1972, which is still a Bollywood record.

Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore came together for Aradhana in 1969, and the sensuality between them was an instant hit. He formed a brilliant team with director Shakti Samanta, music director RD Burman and ‘his voice’, singer Kishore Kumar. They delivered blockbuster films such as Kati Patang (1970) & Amar Prem(1971). With Hrishikesh Mukherjee, one of India’s best-loved directors, Rajesh Khanna delivered fine performances in Bawarchi (1972)Namak Haram(1973).

In early 90s, he turned to politics and served a five-year tenure as an MP of New Delhi Constituency (1991 to 1996). He also appeared in a TV serial Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Aayi that began in November 2008 and ended in September 2009.

Rajesh Khanna has been awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Legend Golden Actor Award and the IIFA 2009 Life Time Achievement Award. In 2001 and 2002, Rajesh played major roles in two television serials: Aapne Parai and Ittefaq. He performed in a video album based on Tagore’s songs (Rabindra Sangeet) without payment.

Rajesh Khanna was recently seen in his first television ad for Havells fans. The ad campaign was directed by filmmaker R Balki

His dialogues in Anand has fully described the life :

Jindagi to ek khel hai … jisme khelnewale ki dor uparwale ke haath mein hain.. kab kiski dor kat jaye..koi nahi bata sakta…. expresses its great condolence to Kaka’s family & may his soul rest in peace….

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