[ View the story "The Rajesh Khanna timeline" on Storify] The Rajesh Khanna timeline From the dizzying heights of fame to quiet shadows behind the arclights, Rajesh Khanna's life had a theatrical sweep, almost like one of his films. Bollywood's original superstar - simply the phenomenon to some - died in Mumbai on Wednesday.
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In an era long before this age of instant connect of mobile phones and the Internet, Rajesh Khanna was the man who sparked a frenzy never seen before and never since, not even by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan.
His very name spelt magic in the 1970s. He sparked hysteria, particularly amongst his legions of women fans, who would line the road for a glimpse, chant his name, cover his car with lipstick marks and even write him letters in blood. They got married to his photograph, cut their finger, let the blood flow and applied sindoor.
O mere di ke chain!
O Mere Dil Ke Chain - Rajesh Khanna, Kishore Kumar, Mere Jeevan Saathi Songultrahindi
Kaka, as he was popularly known, was one of the highest paid actors of his time, his record of consecutive solo super hits still unbroken. Who can forget the years between 1970-1979 when he starred in mega hits like
Safar, Kati Patang, Sachaa Jhutha, Aan Milo Sajna, Anand, Amar Prem and Mere Jeevan Saathi. Ever the urbane, suave romantic who wooed like few others.
Anand - Rajesh Khanna & Amitabh Bachchan - Evergreen Classic Bollywood Movie - Full Length HQshemaroomovies
Glory and fame galore came his way with the two 1969 films -
Aradhana and Do Raaste - where he teamed up with two of his best co-stars, Sharmila Tagore and Mumtaz, respectively. Both the films were super hits. Hindi film's first superstar was born.
Bollywood Songs Of - Do Raasteshemarooent
Aradhana in 1969 and Prem Kahani in 1975, Rajesh Khanna enjoyed god-like status.
Rajesh Khanna - In the mid 1970srajeshkhannafanclub
It was all about charisma - a certain something that went beyond the art of acting. He had that unique way of delivering a dialogue, of crinkling his eyes and that interesting head tilt that were all his own - and designed to get fans swooning.
Rajesh - In 'The Train'rajeshkhannafanclub
Describing the charm of Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh once said: "I got famous purely because I was working with Rajesh Khanna in
Anand. People asked me questions like, 'How is he to look at? What does he do?'"
Super Hit Hindi Movie - Anand - Rajesh Khanna & Amitabh Bachchan - Part 12/12bollygoogly
The mega story had a small beginning in Amritsar. Born Jatin Arora on Dec 29, 1942, he was adopted and raised by foster parents. He went from being Jatin to Rajesh, thanks to his uncle who changed his name, when he decided to join films.
In 1965, the journey to filmdom started after he won the All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare. He made his debut with
Aakhri Khat in 1966.
Muhammad Rafi - Aur Kuch Der Thehar Aur Kuch Der Na Ja - Aakhri Khat (1966)teriawazkijadugari
It was a fairly easy road to superstardom after that.
He became the heartthrob of the nation, singing timeless melodies like
Mere Sapnon Ki Rani... in Aradhana, Zindagi Ek Safar in Andaaz or Yeh Shaam Mastani in Kati Patang. Singer Kishore Kumar and composer RD Burman were amongst his closest friends.
Mere Sapnon Ki Rani - Superhit Bollywood Song - Rajesh Khanna & Sharmila - Aradhanarajshri
Zindagi Ek Safar (Male) song - Andazbollywoodbabes
Ye Shaam Mastani - Hindi Romantic Song - Rajesh Khanna & Asha Parekh - Kati Patangrajshri
In his four-decade career, he appeared in about 160 films, of which 106 had him as the solo lead hero and 22 were two hero projects.
Rajesh proved his mettle in offbeat films too. He teamed up with Hrishikesh Mukherjee for the critically acclaimed
Bawarchi and Namak Haram.
The quintessential romantic also did the intense
Avishkar, directed by Basu Bhattacharya. But then age caught up and the star began fading away.
AVISHKAAR 1974- FULL MOVIE- TRIBUTE TO RAJESH- SHARMILA JIk8693920
He moved to television and played the main lead in two serials -
Ittefaque and Apne Paraye during 2001-02 and also featured in Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Aayi between 2008-09.
The decline to B-grade films was inevitable. There was also the sorry
Wafa with Laila Khan, who was found murdered this July.
Wafaa - Rajesh Khanna - Full Moviedigit9movies
He dabbled in politics, being Congress MP from the New Delhi constituency from 1991-1996.
Like the Hollywood legends of yore, the personal life also had a larger than life dimension.
He fell in love with Dimple Kapadia, who was only 16 and whose first film
Bobby was yet to release. She was 15 years younger to him but the pull was strong and they got married after a whirlwind romance in 1973.
Rajesh Khanna & Dimple - 2 (Just The Other Day ...)rajeshkhannafanclub
Rajesh Khanna & Dimple - 1Asli Jat
It was the stuff of tabloid headlines. They had two daughters Twinkle and Rinke. The marriage lasted only 11 years.
Rajesh Khanna - With Familyrajeshkhannafanclub
Rajesh Khanna - With Dimplerajeshkhannafanclub
Rajesh Khanna - With Dimplerajeshkhannafanclub
It was a lonely life for Rajesh Khanna after that. He disappeared from the headlines and appeared to be a shadow of his former self in his rare public appearances.
But the family came together in his last days. His estranged wife was the one who took care of him during his illness. Son-in-law Akshay Kumar was also a great comfort.
Havells Fans TVC 2012- Rajesh Khannahavellsindia
Rajesh reappeared in an ad a few months before his death, and once again became the talk of town - he was clearly unwell but the zest in his voice was intact as he intoned /Babumoshai/ from his much loved film
Like Anand from the film, the man is gone. But the memories will live on.
"As I sat at his home this (yesterday) afternoon, to pay my respects, soon after learning of his passing away, a close functionary of his, came up to me and told me in a choked voice what his last words were -
'time ho gaya hai! pack up!' (time's up, pack up), " Amitabh Bachchan, posted on his blog.
T 809 - What can one say when a colleague, a most important member of the fraternity, younger than you passes away..Rajesh Khanna no more !Amitabh Bachchan
T 809 - Just the mere mention of his name 'Rajesh Khanna' sent myriad images of fanfare, awe, and reverential mention !!Amitabh Bachchan
Rajesh Khanna was a golden handshake given by changing times to the romantic era of Indian cinema in early seventies.Javed Akhtar
Very unfortunate to hear about the demise of Rajesh Khanna Ji. While growing up I watched so many of his movies...sachin tendulkar
Rajesh Khanna gave us a crash course in Romance. He introduced us to a special twinkle in the eye that made us feel good about ourselves.RIPAnupam Kher
With his unique persona, Rajesh Khanna ji made a special & unforgettable place in the hearts of Indians! May his soul rest in peace.Narendra Modi
Grandmum once told me Kaka was the son she never had! Guess she wasn't alone in wanting to take Kaka home!Rajdeep Sardesai
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