29 Dec 2022

Rajesh Khanna Birthday Today: There Was A Time When Women Used To Throng Cinema Halls To Watch Him But Is He Forgotten Today?

Today is the 80th birth anniversary of Rajesh Khanna, the first superstar of Hindi cinema. Rajesh Khanna was fondly called Kaka. His stardom was such that there was a common saying in Bollywood 'Upar Aaka, neeche Kaka'. Means God above and Rajesh Khanna below, only these two people are powerful. 

Was fond of expensive cars 

Rajesh Khanna was fond of sports cars. He also used to go for auditions in MG Sport car. At that time, even film stars did not have the collection of such cars. When he used to go for auditions, his car used to be parked where many film stars and director-producers used to park their cars.s.

Girls used to write letter in blood

After Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna was the second film star for whom the girls were very crazy. In the 1970s, his bungalow used to receive so many letters from girls that he had to keep a separate man to read them. Many of these letters were written in blood.

His parents gave him in adoption to a relative

Rajesh Khanna was born in Amritsar and due to poverty, his parents gave him in adoption to a relative. He made a lot of efforts to appear in films. 

Rajesh Khanna was born on 29 December 1942 in Amritsar. He was born to Lala Hiranand Khanna and Chandrarani Khanna. He also had an elder brother. 

Rajesh Khanna's first name was Jatin Khanna. His father was a school teacher. When the country was partitioned in 1947, in that partition Rajesh Khanna's family chose India and settled in Amritsar.

His father lost his job in the partition of the country due to which he had to face hardship. The situation was so bad that he was unable to support the family. For this reason, he handed over 6-year-old Rajesh Khanna to Chunni Lal Khanna and Lilavati, relatives living in Mumbai.

Success Journey

Rajesh Khanna won the competition by defeating 10,000 people in a talent hunt and through this he got two films. The series of stardom that started from here went on in such a way that till date no other star has seen such a beautiful phase. 

His stradom was shaken after Big-B's entry

Rajesh Khanna alone dominated Bollywood for nearly 20 years. After the entry of Amitabh's angry young man image, his stardom was shaken. Then, came the time when Rajesh Khanna was left alone.

Was passionate about acting since childhood

Since childhood, Rajesh Khanna was called by the name Kaka. Kaka means little child in Punjabi language. Rajesh Khanna joined the theater at a very young age. He was very interested in playing bongos and tabla. Jitendra was his very best friend during school days. Loved acting very much, so he remained associated with theater and staged shows even during college days. Also won many awards from stage shows.

Has Rajesh Khanna Been Forgotten

Bollywood is indeed a strange place where stars are born and dimmed in the blink of an eye. While the film industry recently held special screenings in honour of late thespian Dilip Kumar (to commemorate his centenary) and living megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s 80th birthday, it seems like Rajesh Khanna has been forgotten. 

In his heyday, people, especially to watch their favourite superstar. One wonders how his career and films aren’t worthy of being celebrated considering he’s given us some of the most epic performances in Hindi movies.

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