Rajesh Khanna is an Indian Bollywood actor who was extremely popular in the 1970s. He also served as a Member of Parliament for the New Delhi constituency.
Rajesh Khanna died recently just before his seventieth birthday. Perhaps it is ironic that he died in the year that is the thirty-fifth year from the death of Maria Callas. Both were catapulted to fame like meteors and enjoyed hysteric adulation at the height of their fame. Particularly heart-rending was the sight of Amitabh Bachchan attending the chautha [prayer] ceremony for the thespian whose place in Indian cinematic history he overtook. It was like Picasso saying "In the end there is only Matisse" alluding to Khanna. The Indian public did not forget the natural portrayals of this protagonist who brought a lyricism of his own to the Indian cinema and lined the roads of a monsooned Mumbai to see his body one last time with his favorite white flowers adorning it. Rajesh Khanna did not have a godfather to launch him as he had won a talent contest but he came to the attention of the great Chetan Anand. Everything else is cinematic history. Rajesh Khanna loved India with abounding patriotism and his family. May the peace that so eluded him at times in this life be his now. Voyage safely.
Elizabeth V, Canada - 27 July 2012
He still inspires
Perhaps it is true that one is never too rich or too thin as recently Bollywood's superstar Rajesh Khanna amidst rumours of ill health lost 20 kilos. With a new love by his side Anita Advani he still inspires and his insights are definitive as in his tribute analysis of the late Dev Anand. This thepian has more pragmatic insight into all matters than most. With his sixty-ninth birthday around the corner on December 29th we wish this "white" Lovemark many happy returns of the day.
Ssefra, Germany - 17 December 2011
The legendary thespian with the golden voice is about to turn sixty-eight years of age on December 29. Rajesh Khanna is still passionate about life even now as he always was. It was from the emanating passion that he gave us those platinum performances that are immortal against the ravages of a coarse and shallow time. Rajesh Khanna had and has the sophistication of no other and even today no one compares to him. He is the original and the singular one who has been etched in our hearts and minds as the definitive superstar of Bollywood forever. Tempus fugit. May you have many more Lovemarks candles on your birthday cake for you are the thespian that has taught the world to love a bit more and inspired us to have better souls. Through your cinematic portrayals we should strive to recover our nobility and the likeness that is missing from the world.
Elizabeth V, Canada - 20 December 2010
The Indian film industry has produced only one superstar and that is Rajesh Khanna. He remains until now the single and undisputed superstar. No actor compares to him. He is the real and original superstar of Indian cinema.
V. Manohar, India - 09 November 2010
His charisma will remain intact for decades
Golden glimpses of superstar Rajesh Khanna, proving that the decades may come and go but the romantic hero’s charisma will remain intact for the rest of the coming decades.
V. Manohar, India - 24 December 2009
The greatest living legend
May each and every passing year bring you wisdom, peace and cheer. Rajesh Khanna - the greatest living legend and the real, and only, super star of Indian cinema.
V. Manohar, India - 17 December 2009
Hindi Cinema’s first superstar
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 (2009), 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.
V. Manohar, India - 16 April 2009
Ultimate true romantic legend
There are romantic leading men and there are 'romantic leading men', but very few have taken cinematic love to legendary heights. While there might be other icons, superstar actor Rajesh Khanna after four decades, is the ultimate true romantic legend.
V. Manohar, India - 14 August 2008
Singular and exceptional
Rajesh Khanna was never alone. Others slept, their heads shrouded by a water jug of time. Khanna's eyes were never closed to us or to the eternity to which he is blessed to forever see. His love, that which he gave and received, could not be swept away no matter what wind prevailed. Khanna emerges from the depths of his own dimensions with stars and seashells in his hands. He is singular and exceptional and this prevails. With Rajesh Khanna we are locked in the moment of light and all prevasive memory.No truths about him are devoid of expectation. Others have been perishable monuments to history. hanna is the figure of those blessed in time on the impassivity of what is incorruptible. No heart that has felt his acting; heard the golden voice; known his magnanimity can be numbed; for he is the unforgotten action of unforgettable readiness. To be a thespian signifies light. Rajesh Khanna is is like looking at the noon day sun. Khanna is a Lovemark for in his eyes the vivid darkness of the seas of our souls are made into clear waters.
Elizabeth V, Canada - 29 April 2008
The ultimate true romantic legend
Rajesh Khanna - the greatest legend and real super star of Indian cinema. There are romantic leading men and there are romantic leading men, but very few have taken cinematic love to legendary heights. While there might be other icons, superstar actor Rajesh Khanna after four decades is the ultimate true romantic legend.
V, India - 26 April 2008