Rajesh Khanna the one and only SUPERSTAR of Indian Cinema is no more. The news is too cruel to digest. The eternal Romantic, the only film star to create mass hysteria in the minds of the Indian Public has left us.
Born on 29th December 1942 in Amritsar, Jatin Khanna as he was known originally was introduced into films as Rajesh Khanna. He created mass hysteria in the minds of the film loving public and as a crusader of love gave hit after hit in the early 60's, 70's as well as 80's. No other actor has managed to generate so much love and respect for himself as he did.
Kaka as he was fondly called by his fans and family alike, acted in approximately 163 feature films. He won 3 Filmfare Best Actor Awards, and was nominated for the same 14 number of times. He won countless other awards including the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
He made his debut in 'Aakhri Khat' in 1966, and gave hit after hit in films like Baharon Ke Sapne, Ittefaq, Aradhna, Raaz, Andaz, Amar Prem, Kati Patang, Aan Milo Sajna, Safar, Haathi Mere Saathi and so many countless others.
Kishore Kumar based his singing style on Kaka's mannerisms. Many of his songs like 'Mere sapno ki rani' with Sharmila Tagore was so popular then and till today it is sung all over. In fact when we talk about the romantic songs of Kishore Kumar, we are reminded of all the songs he has sung for the great romantic called Rajesh Khanna.
Rajesh's dialogue delivery, his inimitable style of acting, his wavy hairstyle, his haltingly wave of his hands, his friendly crinkly eyes which spoke volumes for him, will never be forgotten.
Best thing about Kaka is that although he has gone, he will always be remembered through his eternal films. The one and only romantic, the one and only eternal Superstar, the Original Superstar so to say, who can truly claim the title of that word called Super stardom was Rajesh Khanna. In fact it won't be wrong to say that the word 'Superstar' is synonymous with Rajesh Khanna and not a single actor thereafter could touch those dizzy heights, not even Amitabh Bachchan.
His one more quality was that he promoted humanity. Not one single film will you find where he has done socially irrelevant roles or films. All his films had some social message to give and he imparted good human character, of which today we see so much of decline.
Kaka dabbled in politics too. He was the Congress MP from New Delhi in 1991 to 1996, and received the adulation and love of the people there too. He also campaigned for the Congress in the recently concluded Punjab Assembly elections in 2012.
With Kaka's death on 18th of July 2012, an era has ended but his films will live on and his inimitable style will remain etched in our hearts' forever. Truly, Babu Moshai, Aapke Fans Aapse koi nahin cheen sakta, woh hamesha aap ke the, aur aapke he rahenge. Farewell, wherever you are. May your Soul rest in peace.