Better known as Kaka Sahib; he was, he will and so far he is going to remain the biggest romantic hero of Bollywood industry. Every time you listen to “Pyar Deewana Hota” or “Kuch to Log Kahenge,” you get a strong urge of humming.
People of his era must have witnessed Kaka Sahib’s spell that was so strong that he delivered 74 Golden and 22 Silver Jubilee hits back-to-back. Every single masterpiece of this romantic maestro, whether it is Aradhana, Kati Patang, Anand, Amar Prem, Aap Ki Kasam; his magic never failed and while it lasted other names were eclipsed. The man Jatin Khanna alias Rajesh Khanna, started his struggle in his own MG Sports Car.
After being impressed with his performance as a wounded dumb solider in ‘Andha Yug’ (a play), chief guest then, not only praised him but also suggested him for movies. After surpassing 10000 contestants and winning All India Talent Contest in 1965, this first superstar of Hindi Cinema started his filmy career with Aakhri Khat (1966). First ever movie of the career and got an entry for the Best Foreign Language Film (40th Oscar Academy Awards); this is what RK was known for. 160 feature films and 17 short films, Kaka Sahib was the highest paid actor between 1970-1987.
Female Fans leave no chance of having a glimpse of this charismatic personality, kissing his car, marrying his photograph and applying their own blood as sindoor.
His on-screen chemistry with Sharmila Tagore, Farida Jalal, and Mumtaz, left the generations of the era spellbound. His songs like “Roop Tera Mastana,” and “Mere Sapno Ki Rani,” made many a young woman’s heart skip a beat. Fans, especially young girls, used to send her blood written letters. Ladies were so in love with him, they leave no chance of having a glimpse of this charismatic personality, kissing his car, marrying his photograph and applying their own blood as sindoor. Sharmila Tagore said, “Delhi girls were crazier than Bombay girls for him.” Khanna was in love with Anju Mahendru for 7 years but they never married. Though he married Dimple Kapadia In 1973, however, they never lived together after 1984 and they have never completed divorce proceedings.
Resources claimed his disastrous decisions, pride and Bachchan wave was behind his downfall. After delivering 15 consecutive hits, he then made wrong choices and gave 20 super-flops. This was perhaps the time when Amitabh Bachchan’s graph was soaring and his was plummeting. According to indiamarks.com, many people from Bollywood who were close to both Rajesh Ji and Amitabh Ji said, “the rise of angry young man in late 70’s was something that disturbed this reigning star the most.” He could not cope up with his stardom. A few said that he intentionally treated the young Amitabh Bachchan hurtfully on the sets of Bawarchi, where Shri Bachchan used to visit his future wife Jaya Bhaduri.” (as noted by NDTV)
Anyhow, on July 18th 2012, Rajesh Sahib died of illness (Cancer) and more than 9 lakh people from across the world including Singapore California attended his funeral. Amitabh Ji cited that Khanna’s last words – “Time is up”, “Pack Up.”