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Rajesh Khanna

Rajesh Khanna was an Indian actor, also referred to as the \"first superstar\"and the \"original superstar\" of Indian cinema, was also a film producer and politician. He starred in 15 consecutive solos hit films in the period 1969 to 1971, still an unbreakable record. He made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat. Through his career, he appeared in more than 160 feature films and 17 short films. He received the Filmfare Best Actor Award award three times. He was the highest paid Indian actor from 1970 to 1987 where Amitabh Bachchan shared the same tag with Khanna from 1980 to 1987. He married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, eight months before her debut film Bobby was released and had two daughters from the marriage. Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna is married to actor Akshay Kumar, while they also have a younger daughter Rinke Khanna. He was also a Lok Sabha member of the Indian National Congress from New Delhi constituency from 1992 to 1996. After being critically ill, Khanna died on July 18, 2012. Khanna has been posthumously awarded India\'s third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan. On April 30, 2013, he was officially bestowed with the title The First Superstar of Indian cinema at Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards.


When Rajesh Khanna was roped in to play desi James Bond

December 29, 2020 1:15 pm

In 1974, Bollywood's reigning superstar Rajesh Khanna was roped in to play the role of the Indian Bond in Narendra Bedi's film 007, which was shelved after a few days of shooting.

Revisiting Bawarchi and Rajesh Khanna's uncomplicated simplicity

July 18, 2020 11:54 am

Revisiting Bawarchi, you can see how the film rests on Rajesh Khanna's inherent charm and even feeds off from his manic energy that was on full display previously in Anand.

Film of the Month: Revisiting Bawarchi and Rajesh Khanna's uncomplicated simplicity

December 30, 2019 10:15 am

Anand (1971) may be Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Rajesh Khanna's most iconic collaboration, but it is their second movie Bawarchi that remains truly special.

Alternate stardom: Documentary peeks into the world of Bollywood duplicates

October 04, 2019 12:07 pm

Ramsha Alam's documentary film, Hubahu — which took two years to film and edit — beautifully juxtaposes the actors' stories, showing them all dressed up for shows, while also relaxing at home and spending time with family.

On Rajesh Khanna's birth anniversary, Akshay Kumar thanks the late actor for 'giving' him Twinkle

December 29, 2018 11:43 am

Akshay Kumar shared a photo featuring Rajesh Khanna, Twinkle and Dimple Kapadia on his Instagram handle and wished both his father-in-law and wife a happy birthday.

47 years of Anand: How 'Kahin Door Jab' defines the Hrishikesh Mukherjee film

March 12, 2018 5:13 pm

Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Anand released 47 years ago on this date. While all the songs of the film are gorgeous, Yogesh's "Kahin Door Jab" best sets the mood of the 1971 classic. The song was sung by Mukesh, who was popular for crooning dark tunes.

On Rajesh Khanna's 75th birth anniversary, remembering the actor who struck a fine balance between the masses and classes

December 29, 2017 2:35 pm

Remembering Rajesh Khanna on his 75th birth anniversary: The classics by the actor that have found a place in Indian cinema's archives.

Rana Daggubati to star in trilingual film Haathi Mere Saathi, will pay tribute to Rajesh Khanna

November 30, 2017 3:11 pm

Rana Daggubati is on a roll. The actor has a couple of very interesting projects in his kitty one of which is a film inspired by Rajesh Khanna starrer Haathi Mere Saathi. Rana is all set to pay tribute to the late actor.

Remembering Hrishikesh Mukherjee on his birth anniversary: The gentle and professorial auteur of warm-hearted comedies

September 30, 2017 1:01 pm

Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s (Hrishi-da to friends and acquaintances) films were simple but never simple-minded. The much-loved director of Satyakam, Anand, Chupke Chupke, Bawarchi and Gol Maal was a father-figure to a retinue of stars of the 1970s, including Gulzar, the Bachchans, Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna and Amol Palekar.

Twinkle Khanna shares an adorable throwback picture on Rajesh Khanna's fifth death anniversary

July 18, 2017 3:18 pm

It has been five years since the industry lost veteran actor Rajesh Khanna. Even now, we do miss his presence and thank him for giving us innumerable films to cherish. Twinkle Khanna on the occasion of his death anniversary, took to her Twitter account and shared an adorable picture. 


Remembering Rajesh Khanna on his 78th birth anniversary

December 29, 2020 11:04 am

Rajesh Khanna's success in films like Namak Haraam, Anand, Amar Prem, Aradhana, Kati Patang, Daag, Anurodh and Safar, among others made him a force to be reckoned with, and his legacy is still cherished by fans of Hindi cinema.

Remembering Rajesh Khanna on his 77th birth anniversary

December 29, 2019 12:43 pm

Rajesh Khanna, who worked in over a hundred movies, is still referred to as the first superstar of Indian cinema.

Happy Birthday Rajesh Khanna, Twinkle Khanna: Some unseen family photos of the original superstar

December 29, 2015 8:51 am

Bollywood's original superstar Rajesh Khanna, who was born on December 29, 1942 would have been 73 today. The superstar, who gave 15 consecutive hits from 1969-71, shares his birthday with his elder daughter Twinkle Khanna also famous as Mrs Funny Bones. <br /><br /> Rajesh Khanna's daughter Twinkle Khanna will celebrate her 41st birthday today. The former actress turned writer is married to actor Akshay Kumar and the couple have two children - Aarav and Nitara. <br /><br /> On the 73rd birth anniversary of Rajesh Khanna and 41st birthday of Twinkle, Indian Express brings you some unseen family photos of the Khanna family - Dimple Kapadia, Twinkle and Rinke from our archives.

SRK-Kajol, Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif, Dilip Kumar-Madhubala: Bollywood's golden couples onscreen

December 11, 2015 9:04 am

There are some pairings in Hindi cinema including Shah Rukh Khan- Kajol, Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif, Dilip Kumar Madhubala, Hema Malini-Dharmendra, that struck a chord with audiences and stayed with them after all these years. Here’s a look at Bollywood's golden couples onscreen.

Twinkle Khanna brings in 40th birthday with hubby Akshay Kumar

December 30, 2014 9:03 pm

Twinkle Khanna brought in her 40th birthday in style in the beautiful city of Cape Town in South Africa with husband, superstar Akshay Kumar.