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Remembering Rajesh Khanna: From being an Amritsar boy to Bollywood’s first superstar

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From his endearing position in ‘Anand’ to that of a hopeless romantic within the movie ‘Amar Prem’– Bollywood’s first famous person Rajesh Khanna has given his many memorable moments to his followers to recollect the legendary actor. For years, Khanna dominated the hearts of tens of millions of his followers. Sadly, the actor handed away on July 18, 2012 on the age of 69. Remembering the enduring actor on his ninth loss of life anniversary at the moment, listed here are some excerpts from his biography ‘Rajesh Khanna: The Untold Story of India’s First Celebrity’ by Yasser Usman, which is now launched as an audiobook by Audible. Learn:

‘Rajesh Khanna: The Untold Story of India’s First Celebrity’

“There was an extended queue of girls from 9 to ninety outdoors the studio the place we labored.”

Within the audiobook, Sharmila Tagore, famous person Rajesh Khanna’s favorite co-star, mentions that girls got here out in droves to see him. She additionally highlights how they’d stand in queues outdoors the studios to catch a glimpse of him, marry his pictures, pull at his garments and what not. Greater than only a heartthrob, Khanna was an idol to them. She says “There was an extended queue of girls from 9 to ninety outdoors the studio the place we labored. The hysteria was unprecedented.” Sharmila additionally mentions, “He (Rajesh Khanna) most likely didn’t have the attributes which might be usually related to a hero, what he had was a disarming smile, youthful vitality and an innate sense of drama and a well-modulated voice which he used to his fullest benefit.” To this, Yasser Usman provides, “Principally remembered as a romantic actor as he had a weak misplaced air about him that made girls of all ages really feel secure round him”.

“The information of Rajesh Khanna tying a knot ended up changing into the largest occasion of the 12 months. Hoards of girls have been left coronary heart damaged, a few of them went right into a state of shock, whereas some who beforehand married his photograph determined to put on white to represent widowhood.” As per journal Devi the whole act of his wedding ceremony with Dimple Kapadia was “nothing extra however a publicity stunt for no matter it was price.”

“Rajesh Khanna is completed. If he thinks this third charge shot was nice, clearly his thoughts wasn’t working.”
In an altercation a couple of retake for a scene (in Aradhana), Rajesh Khanna checked out director Shakti Samanta straight within the eyes and mentioned “isse higher efficiency aapko India mei koi nahi dega.” To which Samanta later confided, “Rajesh Khanna is completed. He’s lifeless. If he thinks this third charge shot was nice, clearly his thoughts wasn’t working.” However the historical past books would disagree since Aradhana was part of Khanna’s steps in the direction of stardom.

One other such incident occurred on the units of the 1979 film Janta Hawaldar. Famous comic-actor Mehmood complained that working with Khanna was a “harrowing expertise”. “Mehmood even beat up Khanna earlier than the top of filming,” tells Yasser. “Mehmood complained that it was the corporate that Khanna stored that destroyed his profession.”

“His fascination for whiskey and love for meals began displaying greater than he would have favored.”

With greater than three flop films in a row and the not so “cute boy” seems, Khanna may see his profession coming to an finish in entrance of his eyes. “Most filmmakers thought that Khanna’s off-screen troubles seeped into his work. He was widespread sufficient to draw roles however his failures made him a second-round star. Rajesh and his movies had ceased to create historical past. Including to this, Yasser within the audiobook mentions “His fascination for whiskey and love for meals began displaying greater than he would have favored.”

“From the years 1969 to 1972, you can see his (Rajesh Khanna’s) title in any dialogue for Hindi Cinema as he was the face of mainstream cinema then.”

A boy with large goals Jatin Khanna, hailing from Amritsar adopted the on-screen title ‘Rajesh’ and who knew that it might be etched within the recollections of so many hearts throughout the globe. He did it the exhausting method as Yasser tells, “In the course of the United Producers Mix Expertise hunt contest (1965), Jatin used his well-modulated voice to engross the judges with every passing line as he delivered a monologue throughout the finals, which made him beat 10000 individuals.” He provides, “Rajesh Khanna’s struggles ended the day signed his contract with the United Producers Mix.”

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