One time romantic heartthrob of the Indian movie loving masses, Rajesh Khanna is no more. Known as India’s first superstar he passed away on today afternoon at his residence Aashirwad in Mumbai, aged 69.
He appeared in 163 feature films of which 128 films saw him as the lead protagonist; he appeared in 17 short films as well. He won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same fourteen times. He received the maximum BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) – four times and nominated 25 times. In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for completing 25 years in the industry, appearing in a record 106 films as the single lead protagonist in a span of 25 years. In 2005, he was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. Khanna was referred to as the “First Superstar” of Hindi cinema.
Born Jatin Khanna in Amristar, Punjab on 29 December 1942 he was adopted and raised by foster parents who were relatives of his biological parents. Khanna attended St. Sebastian’s Goan High School in Girgaum, along with his friend Ravi Kapoor, who later took the stage name Jeetendra. He made his debut in 1966 in ‘Aakhri Khat’ after winning a talent hunt contest. At the peak of his career, he delivered 15 consecutive solo hits, a feat which no other actor has achieved so far. After his love affair with actress Anhu Mahendru broke up, he met & married actress Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, six months before her debut film. That marriage last till 1984 and produced two actress daughters Twinkle & Rinke.
Some of his movies which I have seen & remember & appreciated are Aradhana, Do Raaste, Anand, Haathi Mere Saathi & Namak Haram.
Rajesh Khanna 29 December 1942 – 18 July 2012