Thursday, 29 December 2011 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

RAJESH KHANNA- The One Who Introduced SUPERSTAR in HINDI CINEMA !!!

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       For the youth, its Emraan Hashmi for whom they wait for a good and heart-touching song which will cement its position in their Playlist, but for me, its Rajesh Khanna whose songs are a Power and Favorite time pass for me. Every song of Rajesh Khanna is my favorite. Whenever I catch a glimpse of his songs on Music Channels, I see it even when I know that I am missing the important part of my television program. I love the expressions of Rajesh Khanna in his songs. Either the songs are romantic or sad or joyous, Rajesh Khanna never fails to give perfect expressions and make you fall in love with him and his songs. I blame God for not letting me take birth in the era of Rajesh Khanna or postpone his birth so that he could have been today's hero. :-) Rajesh Khanna is THAT actor who introduced the term- SUPERSTAR in HINDI CINEMA. Even I like him. People talk about Dilip Kumar but for me, its Rajesh Khanna whom I see as a complete and charming actor. Today, Mr. Rajesh Khanna is celebrating his 69th birthday. A Very Very Happy Birthday to my favorite actor. May you live a long life as our nation can't lose a performer like you after Dev Anand. The people like you and Dev Anand are the university for today's actors. We just can't afford losing people like you. :-(


          I still remember when I saw Haathi Mere Saathi for the first time. The death of the elephant in the climax and the tears in the eyes of Rajesh Khanna made me sad for a month. I started loving animals after that. I was a kid and I used to love throwing stones at dogs before watching this, but after watching this movie, I started giving them biscuits and I started loving all the animals. I remember one more movie of Rajesh Khanna where he was about to die and he asks his son to sing a song which he loved to hear from him. The son starts singing and as soon as the song ends, Rajesh Khanna dies. I don't remember the movie but I wept for the whole night. That was the last day when I ignored my father. After that, I try to spend as much time as possible with my father. His song- Kuch toh log kahenge is one of the best motivating songs to me. It helps me whenever I get accusations and allegations from someone. I see the song and I just fuck all those views of public and start living carelessly in terms of those comments. :-) Rajesh Khanna is a power to me. Seeing him on television gives me a strength and happiness. His appearance and performance is so enthralling that you want to be like him and do everything as cheerfully as he does.


          My favorite song of Rajesh Khanna is O Mere Dil Ke Chain, Ye jo mohabbat hai, Karwatein badalte rahein, Kora Kaagaz ka tha, Zindagi ke safar mein, Atcha toh hum chalte hain, Pyaar Deewana hota hai, Ye Shaam Mastani and many many more. I have 5 MP3s of Rajesh Khanna songs with 3 Video CDs too. This is my love for this actor. I remember his role in Aa Ab Laut Chalein where he played the role of father. I was happy to see him back and I wanted him to play characters till his last breathe but everyone is not as lucky as Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. I had tears in my eyes when he was given Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. And the Lifetime Achievement Award given to him by Amitabh Bachchan on the behalf of IIFA still remains an epic moment for me. For me, Rajesh Khanna is the original superstar and if any actor stood as a Superstar after him (for me) is Amitabh Bachchan. The only actor today who gives me a feel of SUPERSTAR is Aamir Khan after these two LEGENDS.


           Let me write some excellence and facts about our KAKA in points below:



  • He appeared in 163 films of which 105 had him as the solo lead hero and 21 were two hero projects.
  • Rajesh Khanna is referred to as the “First Superstar” of Hindi cinema.
  • When Jeetendra went for his first film audition, it was Khanna who tutored him.
  • Rajesh Khanna was one of eight finalists in the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare from more than ten thousand contestants. Subsequently Khanna won the contest.
  • The Kishore Kumar-Rajesh Khanna combination worked miracles and it was almost impossible to see them as separate identities.
  • In year 1971, Haathi Mere Saathi became the biggest hit and also became the biggest grosser ever till then.
  • Khanna is also credited with giving Salim Akhtar and Javed Akhtar their first chance to become screenplay writers by offering them work in Haathi Mere Saathi.
  • Mumtaz was quoted saying "I would pull his leg and tease him about his fan following. Whenever Rajesh entered a hotel in Madras, there was a queue of 600 girls waiting to see him at midnight. As a result, even I would get some importance, as people would ask for my autograph as well. He was very generous with his associates, and would party a lot."
  • During the peak of his career he would be mobbed during public appearances. Fans kissed his car, which would be covered with lipstick marks, and lined the road, cheering and chanting his name. Female fans sent him letters written in their blood. There used to be a line of cars of his producers and hysterical fans outside his bungalow every day.
  • Girls married themselves to photographs of Rajesh Khanna, cutting their fingers and applying the blood as sindoor. Rajesh was God, there has never been such hysteria.
  • Sharmila Tagore said in interview to India Express, “Women came out in droves to see Kaka (Khanna). They would stand in queues outside the studios to catch a glimpse, they would marry his photographs, they would pull at his clothes. Delhi girls were crazier for him than Mumbai girls. He needed police protection when he was in public. I have never seen anything like this before and since.”
  • Rajesh Khanna had 15 consecutive solo superhits between 1969 to 1972, which is still an unbroken record in Indian film history.
  • Akshay Kumar was a fan of Khanna since his childhood and later when he became Khanna's son-in-law, he told "Look at what destiny had in store for me. I married my idol's daughter! I still can't believe it. Who wasn't his fan in the 1970s? I remember queuing up for hours to watch Aradhana, Amar Prem, Kati Patang. These are among my favourite films of all times."

             And Yes, its true that I started liking Akshay Kumar more after I came to know that he has become son-in-law of Rajesh Khanna. :-) Today, Salman Khan is known for having the biggest fan-following in film industry but when asked, Salman always says that its Rajesh Khanna who had the biggest and I have no such fan-following as he had. Rajesh Khanna introduced the term SUPERSTAR in Bollywood and he will remain to be the one for years as there is no actor who can overcome his greatness and legacy. I love you sir. I still believe that you will turn younger once again and a new movie of yours will release very soon. :-) 


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ABHILASH RUHELA - VEERU

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Anonymous said...

His lines aftr recievng d Lifetime Achievent Award at IIFA frm Amitabh Bachchan
'Izzaten,ulfaten,shauraten,chaahten sabhi ko milti nahi,aaj main hu kal koi aur tha......yeh b ek daur hai,woh b ek daur tha'
sagar

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Yes Sagar, those lines made me cry.

Anamika said...

A very very HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE SUPERSTAR " RAJESH KHANNA"...
Yes HE is a legend...My father really loves him...he luvs watching his movies n listening all the songs u've mentioned n many many many more...i'll make sure that my papa reads this post because u've mentioned everything that he's been telling me whenever he watches RAJESH KHANNA on t.v...n i knw he'll luv reading this post too...i like rajeev khandelwal becoz he resembles rajesh khanna a lot...Rajeev is my favourite but papa loves Rajesh khanna...

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Wow. Anamika, I would love to hear your father's comments on my blog. :-) And even I am with your father. You should love him and not Rajeev. Hahaha. :-)

Anamika said...

ARE JO BHI LIKHA HAI NA AAJ AAPNE ISS POST ME WO PAPA NA JANE KITNI BAAR MUJHE BTA CHUKE HAI...YE SAB MUJHE PTA THA PEHLE HI...PAR AAJ PAPA KHUSH HONGE K A 22 YEAR OLD BOY LIKE YOU ALSO LOVES HIM...N I'M SURE HE IS GOING TO BLESS U AFTER READING...SEE I KNW HIS REACTION BEFORE ONLY...THANK YOU ABHILASH FOR WRITING N BRINGING THAT SMILE ON MY FATHER'S FACE...ADVANCE ME HI THANK YOU...

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

You are always welcome my dear friend. :-)

Anonymous said...

Really very nice article Bro. . my father is big fan of rajesh kanna and he told me all the things u told in this article even i like him. in my childhood i have seen many of his films with my father and all his songs r amazing!!!
@yash_124

Harman said...

Totally in love!
such a gr8 legend..
very true to every word...

Anonymous said...

Hi. C i knew it! Very touching and a beautiful tribute to a legend. I havent seen hathi mere sathi now i will watch it for sure. my all time rajesh khana favorite movie is 'anand'.
You have written this blog with utmost sincerety and evey word written by you shows deep love n respect you have for the him.
(by the way i thoughtt hat you have grown up and you no longer admire celebrities specially movie stars as per your previous blog on our one and only salman khan, the love of so manys lives)) Roomana

Kul Bhushan Garg said...

Dear Abhi,I am also a big fan of Rajesh Khanna .I have seen almost all his films many times .I have also seen him,met him personally when he was contesting an election here from New Delhi .He has been a real superstar .Thanks for sharing lovely details about him ....:))

Anonymous said...

ye falling leaves to bohot hi acchi hai. me blog padte waqt leaves dekhne lagti hoon or bhool jaati hoon ki me blog pad rahi thi.CHRISTMAS par snow fall kar dete leaves ki jagah or accha lagta. well nice blog. :)
(Akankshi Mittal)

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Thank u Yash. Good to see your comment on this as I never get your comments. :-)

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Thank u Harman mam..

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Thanks Roomana. yes I respect Rajesh Khanna. :-)

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Oh wow. U r lucky Kul sir. Amazing.

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Thank u Aakankshi. Ye permament hai. Kisi particular festival ya occasion ko dimaag mein rakhtey hue nahi rakkha hai.

Anju Sharma said...

Time is telling on his crows feet around his eyes and the wrinkles on his cheeks!."Anand" seems to have been one of his best films.Possibly he downslide began when he was elevated to an MP,since it required no effort!Ha-ha!

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Anju, we shouldn't laugh for his bad health and career that is finished.

puneet chauhan said...

i m posting it on fb may i?

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Oh Yes Puneet you can... But try to give credits to me if possible. Else, I would love to see my blog getting spread. thanks.

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