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The Indian Herald

July 18, 2012

Indian movie superstar of yesteryear Rajesh Khanna passes away

Alvida Rajesh Khanna
Rajesh Khanna, one of the biggest stars of Hindustani movie, died of illness at his residence in Mumbai on Wednesday.

With the death of Rajesh Khanna, 69, popularly known as Kaka, an era has ended in Bollywood. He was the reigning superstar in the seventies before Amitabh Bachhan arrived on the scene.

Khanna had acted in 163 films in his long career. He was born as Jatin Khanna in 1942 in Amritsar in pre-independent era. He had married actress Dimple Kapadia though they had a divorce later on.

Rajesh Khanna was considered a romantic hero and gave numerous hit movies in late 60s and 70s.Arguably, he was the biggest star after the era of Dilip Kumar. Girls queued up to have a glimpse of him in the era. Wherever he shot for a movie, his car would have lipstick marks.

'Kaka' was the prince charming of his era. Though not a stylist like Devanand, he had his own charisma. Rajesh Khanna also had a political career in later years. He became a member of Parliament (MP), representing Congress.

Khanna, a man of fine tastes, was a gentle Punjabi. He is credited of giving legendary scriptwriter pair Salim-Javed, their first break in the movie Hathi Mere Sathi. Rajesh Khanna is survived by two daughters Twinkle Khanna and Rinkle.

There was shock wave across the country as news of Khanna's death was reported. Though he was sick and had been hospitalised sometime back as well, people expected to hero to bounce back. Just recently he had waved at his fans from balcony.

Alas, it was his last Alvida (adieu). Rajesh Khanna would however continue to live in the hearts of his fans and through his blockbuster movies that include Aradhna, Amarprem, Kudrat, Mahboob ki Mehndi, Ittefaq and Namak Haram.

TIH Bureau

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