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Bollywood’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, who starred in 17 blockbuster movies, married an actress half his age.

MUMBAI. The first superstar of Indian cinema, who will be remembered for centuries, turns 80 today (29 December). Rajesh’s popularity can be gauged by the fact that, even today, the entire country is in love with him. Shakti Samanta’s Aradhana (1969) ushered in the stardom of Rajesh Khanna, who went on to deliver 17 consecutive blockbuster films. That elegant frame of Mere Sapno Ki Rani is still etched in the hearts and minds of all movie lovers. After this people got to know Kishore Kumar with hit movies like Kora Kagaz and Roop Tera Mastana. Rajesh had received Filmfare Award 3 times and Bengal Journalist Award 4 times and Life Time Achievement Award 1 time in his entire career. On July 18, 2012, Rajesh bid farewell to this world.

Unforgettable Rajesh Movies

Rajesh and Mumtaz featured in Laxmikant Pyarelal’s song Bindiya Chamkegi. After this, Rajesh Khanna did not look back. He gave hit movies one after another. He played a Bhola villager in Manmohan Desai’s Sacha Jhootha (1970), where Mumtaz played his love interest. While actress Naaz became popular as Meri Pyaari Behaniya Banega Dulhaniya which Rajesh sang for her in the film. His performance with Asha Parekh in Mukul Dutt’s Aan Milo Sajna (1970) will be forever memorable. Rajesh Khanna had worked in more than 180 films in his Bollywood career.

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Rajesh was born and educated, he was a classmate of movie star Jitendra

Rajesh was born on December 29, 1942 in Amritsar, Punjab. Very few people would know that Rajesh’s real name was Jatin Khanna. After some time, he was adopted by his relatives, Chunnilal and Lilavati Khanna. After this, he started living in Girgaum, Mumbai. Rajesh studied at St. Sebastian’s Goan High School Mumbai and at Navroz Wadia College Pune and KC College Mumbai. He did his studies with his friend Ravi Kapoor, better known as the movie star Jeetendra. Rajesh had won many inter-university drama competitions. After this he turned to the theater. In 1965 he won the All India Talent Contest organized by Filmfare and United Producers and made his debut in Chetan Anand’s Aakhri Khat the following year.

He married Dimple, an actress half his age.

Rajesh married actress Dimple Kapadia in 1973. There was a big age difference between Rajesh and Dimple. Rajesh Khanna Jahan was 32 years old when he got married. At the same time, Dimple was then 16 years old. They had two daughters named Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna. Dimple and Rajesh separated in 1984. Although both were never legally divorced.

The temperament of the best songs used to live in the movies

People of today’s generation remember the songs from Rajesh’s movies. RD Burman’s songs Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai, Yeh Shaam Mastani and Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai and Asha Bhosle’s rapping on Sangam of Mera Naam Hai Shabnam continue to make his films beautiful even today.

Rajesh worked in 8 films with Mumtaz

Mumtaz and Sharmila Tagore are integral parts of Rajesh Khanna’s lifelong journey. Mumtaz, with whom he acted in eight films. and Sharmila Tagore, with whom he did about six films. Rajesh’s pairing with Mumtaz was always a great success. Rajesh’s girls were so crazy that his crowd used to gather outside his house for hours on end.



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