Bollywood Actor Rajesh Khanna
Rajesh Khanna comes from a rich and affluent family and his parents had their reservations about him joining Bollywood, as during 1960’s it was not considered to be a respected profession.
Rajesh Khanna is an icon in Bollywood. He is known to be the first superstar in Bollywood. His fan following was so tremendous that women used to faint on his glimpse very similar to a rock stars life. Fans kissed his car and used to get together on the road to cheer him.
He started his carrier in the year 1966 after he won the All India Talent Contest through a nation wide selection procedure by panel of judges like Late Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, Chetan Anand, G.P. Sippy, Sri Sakti Samanta, Sri B. R. Chopra, etc with the movie Aakhri khat. It was a flop which was followed with another series of movies over a period of 2 years which all went unnoticed. He gained recognition with his movie “ Aradhana” which was released in the year 1969. Thereafter it was like the beginning of new era that truly belonged to Rajesh khanna the 1970’s.
He came up with one hit after another and was best paired with Mumtaz and Sharmila Tagore between 1969 to 1974 he came up with 15 consecutive hit movies. He also acted opposite to Zeenat Aman in the movie Chhaila Babu. His Most successful movies include Anand (1970), Amar Prem (1971), Andaaz (1971), Daag (1973) Namak Haraam (1973), Aap Ki Kasam, Prem Nagar and Roti (1974). His performance on songs in his movies was backed up with the melodious voice of Kishore Kumar that helped them become more popular. He was best suited for romantic movies. Rajesh khanna has won 6 Filmfare awards for his performances in his movies as well as his contribution to the Indian cinema.
As the saying goes change is the only certain thing, audience preference for romantic movies also changed and in came, action movies. The stardom took over Rajesh khanna and he was unable to cope up with it and his associates complained of him being unprofessional. But still Rajesh Khanna continued contributing his part to Bollywood in the form of movies like Anurodh, Thodisi Bewafai, Souten, Vijay and Swarg. He also played central character roles as well as guest roles in multi-starer social/action films such as Kudrat, Dharam Aur Kanoon, Dharam Kanta Rajput, Ashanti and Disco Dancer. He took a career risk and experimented with negative role in the movie Red Rose where he played the role of a psycho killer of women and in the movie he played the role of an arrogant businessman both the performances were negative characters, which displayed his versatility as an actor.
He married Dimple Kapadia who starred in Raj Kapoor’s Bobby and was only one release old. Their marriage went on for a few years and they divorced. They have two daughters, Twinkle Khanna who is married to a current Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and Rinki who after trying her hand in acting is married and settled in USA.
In the year 1991 Rajesh Khanna contested on a ticket from The congress party and won a seat in the parliament from The New Delhi Constituency. Since then he has been active in politics. His participation in politics made him quit the silver screen.
He made his comeback in 1999 with the movie “Aa Ab Laut Chale” and 2002 “ Kya Dil ne kaha” performing in elderly roles.
Then Rajesh khanna tried his hands on television. He acted in two television series. “Apne paraye” aired on the channel DD Metro and B4U while the other one was “ittefaq “featured on Zee TV. Since then he has been busy with promoting fresh talent.
He has been associated with a talent hunt program in 2007 and ha alsomade brief appereances in televison shows as a celebrity judge.He has signed a TV serial with Creative Eye Banner in 2007. He is also going to perform in a T.V. Serial Bhabhima with Leena Ganguly as Lead Pair of the serial.