Rajesh Khanna passes away
Mumbai: Superstar Rajesh Khanna passed away on Wednesday afternoon at his residence Aashirwad in Mumbai. He was 70. He had been battling prolonged illness for a long time and finally had to bow down to it.
The actor’s condition had been deteriorating since April when he stopped eating and had complained of weakness. He was admitted to Lilavati Hospital twice in the past month.
The actor was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday but due to extreme weakness and low blood pressure, the actor was on ventilator since last night.
The actor, who shot to stardom in the 1960s, was the first ‘superstar’ of Indian cinema.
RAJESH KHANNA BIOGRAPHY
Date of Birth
King of Romance
Superstar of Indian Cinema
5′ 9″ (1.75 m)
Rajesh Khanna entered Hindi films in the latter half of the 1960s. Anju Mahendru, his girl friend, was his anchor in films. She was a dress designer and taught him what to wear and how to carry himself. His role in Khamoshi, where he played a mad man, was greatly appreciated.He achieved overnight stardom with Shakti Samantha’s ‘Aradhna” (1969). He became the craze of the nation, the first no. 1 superstar of Hindi films and remained so for next 6 years.He left his friend Anju Mahendru and married Dimple Kapadia, half his age and just fresh from super success of Raj Kapoor’s Bobby.Slowly his star waned and his married life became bitter. Dimple Kapadia left him, taking her two children with her. However, she has a successful and critically acclaimed career behind her and now has pleasant relation with her ex-husband.From 1975 onwards Rajesh Khanna tasted sporadic success with ‘Aap Ki Kasam’, Souten, Namak Halaal, Avtaar. His pairing with the then no. 1 actress Hema Malini always produced huge flops. whenever they came together in any film it flopped. On the other hand, his pairing with Mumtaz always produced much success. He produced and directed a few films and entered politics joining the Congress Party, becoming a member of parliament. He is still adored and fondly remembered by the masses. Songs from his films adorn the lips of youth and adolescents .He was the first megastar and has left behind him a storehouse of the finest moments in film history.