Jun 21, 2012

Rajesh Khanna - the first superstar


Rajesh Khanna’s real name is Jatin Khanna. He was the original superstar of the Bollywood.

A Bollywood body of producers – Raj Khosla, BR Chopra, Shakti Samanta, GP Sippy, and Ravindra Dave had organized a contest to fine the next actor – All India Talent Contest. Khanna won it and as a result was signed to play one movie for each of the sponsors for a paltry sum. These movies launched his career. They were Raaz (with Babita), Andaz (Hema Malini, Shammi Kapoor), Aradhana (Sharmila Tagore), Do Raste (Mumtaz), and Ittefaq (Nanda).

Ittefaq was made in a hurry to be completed within the contract time. The movie does not have any songs sequences as a result. The movie was BR Chopra’s attempt to cash in Rajesh Khanna’s popularity as a result of hits such as Do Raste and Aradhana.

Rajesh Khanna and Tina MunimJeetendra (Ravi Kapoor) was Rajesh Khanna’s school friend in Mumbai – at St. Sebastian Goan High School. Both of them also studied together at KC College (Kishandchand Chellaram College). It was Kaka (Rajesh Khanna) who tutored Jeetendra when he went for his first audition.

Rajesh Khanna was linked to Anju Mahendru, was married to Dimple Kapadia, and lived with Tina Munim (who is now married to Anil Ambani).

Rajesh Khanna launched Kishor Kumar’s career again. The actor-singer team was the most successful in the Hindi film industry. Bombay University textbook had an essay titled – the Charisma of Rajesh Khanna.
Rajesh Khanna was also considered a Hero worth killing – a taboo in Hindi movies. He died of cancer in Safar and then again in Anand. In Andaz he died of a motorbike accident. In Aradhana in a plane crash.