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  1. Rajesh Khanna – Indian Cinema’s first Super Star
    Super Star Rajesh Khanna: No rise or fall of a star has been as been quite as dramatic or spectacular as that of Super Star Rajesh Khanna. From 1969 to till date (2011), the Super Star Rajesh Khanna phenomenon swept Bollywood off its feet and the hysteria he generated was unlike anything seen before and after. As superhit followed superhit and women all over the country swooned over him, Rajesh Khanna admitted feeling ‘next to God.’ In fact, Rajesh Khanna could perhaps be called Hindi Cinema’s first superstar. Birthday: 29th December, 1942 in Amritsar. Debut Film: Aakhri Khat (1966). Major Impact: Baharon Ke Sapne (1967). Successful Films: Aurat (1967), Khamoshi (1970), Aradhana (1969), Sachaa Jhutha (1970), Do Raaste (1969), Bandhan (1969), Doli (1969), Ittefaq (1969), Safar (1970), Anand (1970), Andaaz (1971), Kati Patang (1970), Amar Prem (1971), Bawarchi (1972), Namak Haram (1973), Avishkaar (1973), Daag (1973), Aap ki Kasam (1974), Prem Nagar (1974), Roti (1974), Amardeep (1979), Thodi si Bewafai (1980), Agar Tum Na Hote (1983), Avtaar (1983), Souten (1983). Awards: Three times winner of the Filmfare Best Actor Award. He was originally Jatin, an orphan, born on 29 December 1942 in Amritsar, Punjab, India. He was adopted by the Khanna family. When Jatin took an interest in acting, his foster father disapproved, however, Jatin persisted and won the Filmfare Talent Contest in the early 1960s. Rajesh also had a brief stint as a politician and was elected Member of Parliament for a 5 year term from 1991 through to 1996 representing New Delhi as his constituency. He also starred in 3 movies during this period. He does continue to appear on the tinsel screen as a character actor, often playing the part of a parent of the leading woman/man. Rajesh also appeared in two serials ‘Ittefaque’ and ‘Apne Paraye’ on television during 2001-02 and raghukul reet sada chali aai- mega tv serial in DD 1 2009. He was the winner of six awards and was nominated for about a dozen. Enjoyed a godlike status in his prime time (early 70s) with female fans writing letters in blood to him. The hysteria was unique till ‘Shah Rukh Khan’ ‘exploded’ in early 1990’s and created a comparable mania. He recommended actor Jeetendra to go into movies. He is a life member of International Film And Television Research Centre and International Film And Television Club Of Asian Academy Of Film And Television. Known as the first Superstar of Hindi Cinema. He formed a great team with Singer Kishore Kumar and Music Director R D Burman and together they have given such songs and his movies which are immensely popular even today.

  2. Rajesh Khanna was a prominent Indian Cinema Actor – widely hailed as the first Superstar of India. His best years were 1969-1974 during when he rose to unprecedented heights of popularity and was a huge box office draw. His movies are credited with a long list of memorable songs, a number of them rendered by the legendary Kishore Kumar.

  3. He was a great star, so sad that he was forgotten so early in life, I want to know more about the journalist who was his good ‘friend’, Devyani Chaubal, could you please tell me more about her, I hear she was a very mean person.

    • Devyani was called as “Devi” and she would write in a magazine called as Star & Style. Typical gossip of films stars but she would actually write the truth and that was considered as mean. I found her talks quite good as she was clear and would not hide facts and was not influenced by anyone. Later on she had a stroke and was paralyzed but even then she continued giving verbal reports!

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