Happy Birthday Rajesh Khanna: Know The Journey Of this Superstar
Bhubneswar: Today marks the 78th birth anniversary of the first ever superstar of Indian cinema, late Rajesh Khanna. In Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna gave 15 back to back hit movies from 1969 to 1971, a record yet to be broken.
Rajesh Khanna has hit films like ‘Aradhana’, Do Raste’, ‘Khamoshi’, Sacha Jhuta’, ‘Guddi’, ‘Kati patang, ‘Safar’, ‘Daag’, ‘Amar Prem’, ‘Prem Nagar’,Namak Haram , Roti , Saitan , Avatar ‘ to his credit. He also tried hand in politics later.
Let’s know the journey of superstar Rajesh Khanna:
1. Rajesh Khanna was born in 1942 in Amritsar city in Punjab.
2. Rajesh Khanna’s real name is Jatin Khanna. His uncle KK Talwar changed his name from Jatin to Rajesh before his entry into the industry. In the Hindi film industry, Rajesh Khanna was fondly called as ‘Kaka’.
3. Rajesh Khanna lived in Mumbai Gurgaon Chowpatty with his family after they shifted to Mumbai from Amritsar and he completed his school and college from Mumbai. Ravi Kapoor (actor Jeetendra) used to be Rajesh Khanna’s classmate during his college days.
4. Rajesh Khanna married famous actress Dimple Kapadia and they had two daughters Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna and coincidentally their first daughter Twinkle Khanna was also born on 29 December same as the actor.
5. Rajesh Khanna’s interest for theater was first discovered during his school life. After which he participated in many plays, and won prizes. In the early 60s, Rajesh Khanna was the first newcomer to go to audition with his MG sports car.
6. Rajesh Khanna gained a lot of fame due to the films like ‘Aradhana’, ‘Ittefaq’, ‘Baharon Ke Sapne’ and ‘Aurat’. Due to which, actress Waheeda Rehman recommended his name to director Asit Sen for his film ‘Khamoshi’.
7. At that time, Rajesh used to instruct his friend Ravi Kapoor (Jitendra) on how to appear in an audition for films.
8. After becoming a finalist through Talent Contest, Rajesh Khanna made his debut film Aakhri Khat, which was directed by Chetan Anand. The film was sent to the 40th Oscar Awards on behalf of India.
9. Rajesh Khanna was declared the first superstar after the film ‘Aradhana’. In this film, Rajesh Khanna did an excellent job with Sharmila Tagore and Farida Jalal.
10. Rajesh Khanna was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India in the year 2013. Apart from films, he also ventured into politics and became an MP of Lok Sabha from the Congress Party .
In 2012, Rajesh Khanna fell ill and was hospitalized for a long time and died on 18 July in his bungalow Ashirwad.