Happy Birthday Rajesh Khanna: You always will be one in a million

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Without a doubt, Bollywood's first Superstar, Rajesh Khanna, would have turned 75 today. Rajesh Khanna was as much the passionate lover as he was the dependable friend we saw him onscreen - he essayed all his roles with such dedication that the masses and critics loved him alike. Fondly known as, Kaka, she shares his birth anniversary with daughter, actor-turned-writer Twinkle Khanna.

 

On this happy day, we take a look at Kaka's top 6 movies, which you can binge watch, anytime anywhere.

 

Ittefaq (1969)


Directed by Yash Chopra, this movie won critical acclaim for the acting and the plot. Rajesh Khanna, played by Dilip Roy, is a painter who is being tried for murdering his wife.

 

Haathi Mere Saathi (1971)


This movie was the biggest hit of 1971, going by box office collections and was a favourite with children in the early 1970s. The entertainer ranks high among the biggest ever hits of Rajesh Khanna’s career, and was directed by MA Thirumugham.

 

Kati Patang (1971)


Paired with Asha Parekh in this one, Rajesh Khanna plays Kamal Sinha in the movie. The movie was directed by Shakti Samanta and was the second among the nine movies Samanta and Rakesh Khanna teamed in. The movie gave us superhit tracks like Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai, Yeh Shaam Mastani and Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai, Mastaana Hota Hai.

 

Anand (1971)


One of the most-loved movies of Kaka, starred Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles and Rajesh Khanna played the title role. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the movie is about a cancer patient(Khanna) who believes in living his life to the fullest.

 

Namak Haraam (1973)


The movie is the second Hrishikesh Mukherjee film with Rajesh Khanna after Anand. Diye Jalte Hai, Phool Khilte Hai, Nadiya se dariya, Dariye se sagar and Main Shayar Badnaam are the most memorable melodies, all rendered powerfully by Kishore Kumar and picturised on Rajesh Khanna.

Prem Nagar (1974)


The 1974 film, produced by D Ramanaidu and directed by KS Prakash Rao, stars Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini in the lead roles.

 

Kaka passes away on July 18, 2012, leaving behind an epic legacy of films that make us cry, songs that we continue to hum even today and cinematic moments that we cherish. Paired best with Sharmila Tagore and Mumtaz, Kaka has acted in more than 150 movies.

Author Shobha De said during a session at Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, “Female fans wrote him letters in blood, married his photographs, imprinted lipstick marks on his car and used the mud on his car tyres as sindoor.”

Surely sounds crazy, but that's how much our Bollywood stars mean to us, and especially Rajesh Khanna. We miss you.. 

By ~ Vibhuti Gupta

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