Born Jatin Khanna in 1942, little did the world know that the bubbly child would grow on to become Hindi film industry’s first superstar. His entry into films was facilitated by an All-India talent hunt conducted by Filmfare, where he won the title amongst 1000 contestants. His first movie in 1965 was Akhri Khat which was a flop and led everyone to believe that he was not meant to be in the arclights.
Undeterred by the criticism, Jatin Khanna, who had changed his name Rajesh Khanna, suddenly change dthe rulebook of stardom in Bollywood. His first smashing hit came with Aradhana in 1969 and was followed by series of superhit movies.
Rajesh Khanna, when he first entered into Bollywood.
Anand in 1970, his triumph over stereotypes.
Safar, another gem in his cap.
Amar Prem, a musical hit. It is to be noted that most of his hit films were with Sharmila Tagore as the heroine. Their chemistry was taunted as one of the hottest ones in Bollywood. Well, we don’t disagree! Roop Tera Mastana…..
A popular figure to be mobbed by ladies everywhere. His first officialaffair was with Anju Mahendra, who was a struggling actress along with Rajesh during his starter days.
He catapulted to fame. She bombed after a few roles.
After great speculation over his bitterness with Anju, Rajesh suddenly tied the knot with Dimple Kapadia, the actress who was about to be launched in Bobby (1973).
They had two lovely children Twinkle and Rinki, both of whom joined Bollywood as lead heroines.
Constantly mobbed by the public eye, Dimple found it hard to watch Rajesh go down in his career and give up to drinks.
Owing to his drinking problems, Dimple separated from Rajesh in 1984. She returned to movies and he returned to an empty house.
He contested the Lok Sabha elections from Congress in 1990 and won. He served as an MP till 1995.
His elder daughter Twinkle entered movied in 1995. But she decided to tie the know with Akshay Kumar in 1999.
Retring away from camera, Rajesh Khanna chose a life of recluse at home, mostly surrounded by drinks and close friends.
He appeared in the small screen from 2001 to 2008 in three serials. In the meantime, his health deteriorated and was once hospitalised for breathing complications in 2009.
To the relief of his fans he survived the first heart attack he suffered in 2011. He chose to decide on a comeback in commercial cinema.
His TVC for Havells was the last one since he suffered a massive heart stroke a few days later and passed away in 2013 after a small struggle in the hospital. He had Dimple Kapadia and Anju Mahendra both by his bedside when he passed away.
Thus, the life of Rajesh Khanna is one of tragic twists, although none of us can forget his twinkling eyes and the epic tilt of head in his movies, songs and in his life. Stay glowing, Superstar!