Super Star Rajesh Khanna life and biography

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Super Star Rajesh Khanna biography

Date of birth : 1942-12-29
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Amritsar, Punjab, India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-10-10
Credited as : bollywood actor, former politician, Twinkle Khanna

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Rajesh Khanna came from an affluent family. Khanna's father had misgivings about Rajesh's taking on a professional acting career. His initial foray into cinema with renowned film maker Chetan Anand was not a resounding success. Nonetheless, Rajesh persisted and exceeded all expectations. His previous theatrical background assisted him with the characterization of the personas of the cinema which he portrayed effortlessly and naturally. He is Hindi cinema's first officially acknowledged Superstar. In March of 1973 Rajesh Khanna married Dimple Kapadia, a Bollywood actress who had just made her film debut in Raj Kapoor's coveted blockbuster Bobby. At the time of Kapadia's film debut, she was sixteen years old; Khanna was thirty-one. They became the parents of Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna, who would also become Bollywood actresses.

LATER LIFE:

Khanna and Dimple Kapadia separated in the early 1980s, but still they are fulfilling all the responsibilities of their social life especially in establishing the life of their daughters. Their elder daughter Twinkle who is an interior decorator is married to current star Akshay Kumar and younger daughter Rinkee is married to a businessman, after getting higher study from USA.Khanna was a Member of Parliament for the New Delhi constituency (1991-96).He is the life member of International Film And Television Research Centre and International Film And Television Club Of Asian Academy Of Film & Television. Recently he announced his appearance in a spate of forthcoming films for which he is hopeful of renewing previous success. He is also going to participate as Celebrity Judge in a reality show at Sony Channel called K for Kishore, based on the legendary singer late Kishore Kumar . He is also going to perform in a T.V. Serial Bhabhima with Leena Ganguly as Lead Pair of the serial.

BOLLYWOOD CAREER:

EARLY SUCCESS:

Super Star Rajesh Khanna joined the film industry in 1966 after winning an All India Talent Contest through a nation wide selection procedure by panel of judges like Late Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, Chetan Anand, G.P. Sippy, Sri Sakti Samanta, Sri B. R. Chopra, etc., making his film debut was in Aakhri Khat which went unnoticed. He appeared in a few more films over the next two years which did not gain him any recognition. He shot to fame with the 1969 film Aradhana which was hugely successful at the box office. From then on he was an extremely popular actor in the early 1970s, appearing in many high impact romantic films and melodramas which were hugely successful at the box office. He was often paired with actresses Mumtaz or Sharmila Tagore. Some of his most successful films in this period included Anand (1970), Amar Prem (1971), Andaaz (1971), Daag (1973) and Namak Haraam (1973). During his heyday 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 own blood. From 1969 to 1973 he had 15 consecutive hit films, a journalist Devyani Chaubal dubbed him "phenomenon" when he was at his peak. Several of the popular songs sung by Kishore Kumar in the 1970s were picturized on Khanna and helped his films become historically successful.

LATER CAREER:

However the success perhaps caused him to be complacent, often turning up very late for shoots and throwing tantrums as well as having a whole entourage of sycophants accompany him for his shoots. This behaviour coupled with the changing trend from romantic movies to action oriented films in the late 1970s and 1980s caused the decline of Khanna's career in term of box office rating, but he continued to play lead roles in sober social household meaningful movies during the downtrodden trend of Hindi Cinema without any compromisation and gave the high profile films like Mehabooba, Anurodh, Karm, Palko ki Chaon Mein, Amar Deep, Thodi si Bewafai, Avataar, Souten, Amrit, Agar Tum Na Hote, Ghar Ka Chirag and many more during 1976 to 1991. He also performed central characters or guest roles in multi-starrer films as well such as Disco Dancer,Kudrat, Rajput, Dharam Aur Kanoon and Dharam Kanta, Ashanti etc.. He also took great risk and experimented with negative roles in Red Rose where he played a psycopath and in Dhanwaan, where he played an arrogant businessman . By the early 1990s he quit acting for many years and served as Hon'ble M.P. from prestigious seat of New Delhi Constituency from (1991-1996). During that period he appeared in Khudai (1994) and won Best Actor Award at Ujvegistan at Russian Film Festival. He made his acting comeback with three to four years gaps in Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) and Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa (2002) where he played elderly father roles. In 2006 he appeared in Jaana - Let's Fall in Love But in 2007 he has officially announced his second innings and has signed about ten new films simultaneously and some new TV serials. He is also going to participate as Celebrity Judge in a reality show at Sony Channel called K for Kishore, based on the legendary singer late Kishore Kumar Ganguly.

POLITICAL CAREER:

During 1991-1996, Rajesh Khanna was a Member of Parliament for the Congress Party, from the New Delhi constituency. He has since been a political activist for the Congress Party expressing noteworthy, objective and constructive patriotism for India.

TELEVISION CAREER:

In 2001-2002, Rajesh Khanna played major roles in two television serials: Aapne Parai (B4U & DD Metro) and Ittefaqu (Zee TV).He performed in a video album based on Tagore's immortal songs (Rabindra Sangeet) free of cost. Currently he is busy in processing his own music channel viz. R.K. Music Channel.He has recently endorsed a talent hunt programme namely "Star se Superstar tak" as the First Superstar of Indian Cinema, under the banner of Red Carpet Entertainment and donated a Gold Trophy of Rs.1 Crore with Ms. Priyanka Chopra.Recently he has signed a TV serial with Creative Eye Banner (Dhiraj Kumar).He is also participating as Celebrity Judge in a reality show at Sony Channel called K for Kishore, based on the legendary singer late Kishore Kumar Ganguly.He is also going to perform in a T.V. Serial Bhabhima with Leena Ganguly as Lead Pair of the serial.

AWARDS :

Filmfare Awards Won• 1971 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Sachcha Jhutha • 1972 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Anand • 1973 - Special Award for Guest appearance for Anurag • 1974 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Aavishkaar • 1990 - Special Award for twenty-five years in the film industry • 2005 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award Nominated• 1969 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Aradhana • 1969 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Ittefaq • 1971 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Kati Patang • 1972 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Amar Prem • 1972 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Dushman • 1973 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Daag • 1974 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Prem Nagar • 1979 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Amar Deep • 1980 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Thodi Si Bewafai • 1981 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Dard • 1983 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Avtaar Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards• 1971 - Winner Best Actor for Anand • 1972 - Winner Best Actor for Bawarchi • 1974 - Winner Best Actor for Namak Haraam • 1987 - Winner Best Actor for Amrit.

OTHER AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS :

• In 1982 Rajesh Khanna was awarded Best Actor Award for his outstanding double role performance in Dard by Lions Club, New Delhi by Sri Dilip Kumar. • in 1994 he was awarded Best Actor Award for Khudai at Ujvegistan at Russian Film Festival. • In 1995 Rajesh Khanna was honoured with the Kala Ratna Award by Punjabi Kala Sangam at Delhi by the then Human Resource Development Minister Mr. Arjun Singh. • In 2001, Khanna was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Sansui Film Awards • In April of 2003, he had been chosen for the Maharastra state government's Raj Kapoor Award. He had been chosen for his contribution to the film industry.• In January of 2004, he was honoured with the Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award • In March of 2004, he has bagged the Bollywood Awards 2004's Lifetime Achievement Award and also received the Lifetime of Glamour award at the Kingfisher Bollywood Fashion Awards at USA.• He was awarded the "Pride of Film Industry" by the Stardust Awards on February 21, 2005. • He is the recipient of the "Outstanding Contribution to the Motion Picture Industry of India" Awards at the eighth annual Bollywood Movie Awards in Trinidad (Centre of Excellence) on June 10, 2006. • On February 4, 2006, he was awarded with "Yugantar Gaurav Puraskar". • He is a recipient of the "Glory of India Award" by IIAF, London. These are in addition to a number of Best Actor/Life Time achievement Awards of international and national repute and on 30th May, 2008 he was awarded with Phalke Legendary Actor Award at Mumbai.


FILMOGRAPHY :

Tum Mere Ho - (Under Production)
Jaanleva - (Post-Production)
Vijay - Winner All The Way - (Under Production)


Do Dilo Ke Khel Mein - (2010)
Kaashh... Mere Hote - (2009)
Wafaa (2008)
Black Mailer - ( 2007)
Wafa - (2007)
Jaana - Let'S Fall In Love - (October 6, 2006)
Kabhi Kabhi - (2006)
Classic - Dance Of Love - (March 18, 2005)
Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa - (June 28, 2002)
Maharani - (2001)
Pyaar Zindagi Hai - (September 14, 2001)
Aa Ab Laut Chalen - (January 22, 1999)
Sautela Bhai - (1996)
Kis Kaam Ke Yeh Rishta - (1995)
Begunaah - (1993)
Khudai - (1991)
Rupaye Das Karod - (November 29, 1991)
Ghar Parivar - (1991)
Jai Shiv Shankar - (1990)
Dushman - (1990)
Swarg - (May 18, 1990)
Mamta Ki Chhaon Mein - (1990)
Paap Ka Anth - (December 8, 1989)
Main Tera Dushman - (February 3, 1989)
Ghar Ka Chirag - (1989)
Woh Phir Aayegi - (September 23, 1988)
Vijay - (August 12, 1988)
Gora - (October 2, 1987)
Awaam - (September 11, 1987)
Sitapur Ki Geeta - (May 8, 1987)
Nazraana - (February 6, 1987)
Anokha Rishta - (August 29, 1986)
Shatru - (August 15, 1986)
Naseehat - (July 25, 1986)
Amrit - (June 27, 1986)
Adhikar - (1986)
Angaarey - (1986)
Mohabbat Ki Kasam - (1986)
Insaaf Main Karoonga - (December 27, 1985)
Awara Baap - (November 29, 1985)
Babu - (November 22, 1985)
Ram Tere Kitne Naam - (February 15, 1985) ...... Himself (A Scene From A Movie)
Durga - (February 8, 1985)
Aakhir Kyon - (1985)
Zamana - (1985)
Hum Dono - (1985)
Master Ji - (1985)
Oonche Log - (1985)
Alag Alag - (1985)
Bewafai - (1985)
Awaaz - (November 23, 1984)
Naya Kadam - (October 5, 1984)
Dharam Aur Kanoon - (August 10, 1984)
Maqsad - (May 4, 1984)
Paapi Pet Ka Sawal Hai - (April 27, 1984))
Asha Jyoti - (April 16, 1984)
Aaj Ka MLA Ramavatar - (March 2, 1984)
Agar Tum Na Hote - (November 4, 1983)
Soutan - (June 3, 1983)
Janwar - (April 15, 1983)
Avtaar - (March 11, 1983)
Nishan - (1983)
Disco Dancer (December 17, 1982) - Special Appearance
Dharam Kanta - (August 6, 1982)r
Ashanti - (May 7, 1982)
Rajput - (April 16, 1982)
Suraag - (March 26, 1982)
Ayaash - (1982)
Dil-E-Nadan - (1982)
Naseeb - (1981) - Himself appearing
Fifty Fifty - (November 13, 1981)
Dard - (July 31, 1981)
Dhanwan - (July 24, 1981)
Kudrat - (April 3, 1981)
Bandish - (November 7, 1980)
Aanchal - (September 18, 1980))
Phir Wohi Raat - (August 15, 1980)
Thodi Si Bewafai - (June 13, 1980)
Shaitan Mujrim - (1980)
Red Rose - (1980)
Naya Bakra (1980) ...... Guest Appearance
Til Til Dalekha - (1979)
Chakravyuh - (June 29, 1979)
Amar Deep - (May 18, 1979)
Janta Hawaldaar - (April 27, 1979)
Muqabla - (1979))
Prem Bandhan - (1978)
Naukri - (1978)
Bhola Bhala - (1978)
Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein - (November 4, 1977)
Chalta Purza - (1977))
Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka - (1977)
Tyaag - (1977)
Bundalbaaz - (1977)
Karm - (1977)
Aaina - (1977)
Chhaila Babu - (1977)
Anurodh - (1977)
Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun - (1976)
Maha Chor - (1976)
Mehbooba - (1976)
Jinny aur Jonny - (1975)
Prem Kahani - (1975)
Aakraman (1975) - Guest Appearance - (Cripple Soldier)
Roti - (October 18, 1974)
Prem Nagar - (May 24, 1974)
Aap Ki Kasam - (May 3, 1974)
Five Rifles - (1974)
Ajnabi - (1974)
Aavishkaar - (1974)
Hum Shakal - (1974)
Aaina - (1974)
Namak Haram - (November 23, 1973)
Daag - (1973)
Raja Rani - (1973)
Anuraag - (1972)
Dil Daulat Duniya - (1972)
Joru Ka Gulam - (1972)
Mere Jeevan Saathi - (1972)
Bawarchi - (1972)
Amar Prem - (1972)
Dushman - (1972)
Apna Desh - (1972)
Maalik - (1972)
Shehzada - (1972)
Andaaz - (August 1, 1971)...... Special Appearance
Maryada - (July 16, 1971)
Guddi - (January 1, 1971) ...... Himself Appearing
Aan Milo Sajna - (1971)
Anand - (1971)
Kati Patang - (1971)
Badnam Farishte - (1971)
Chhoti Bahu - (1971)
Mehboob Ki Mehandi - (1971)
Haathi Mere Saathi - (1971)
The Train - (April 10, 1970)
Bandhan - (1970)
Safar - (1970)
Khamoshi - (1970)
Sachcha Jhutha - (1970)
Aradhana - (1969)
Ittefaq - (1969)
Do Raaste - (1969)
Doli - (1969)
Raaz - (1967)
Aurat - (1967)
Baharon Ke Sapne - (1967)
Aakhri Khat - (1966)

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