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Rajesh Khanna leaves the world saying ‘ye bhi ik daur hai’

Rajesh Khanna leaves the world saying ‘ye bhi ik daur hai’

“Mai to kuchh bhi nahi… izzate shohrate chaahate ulfate… koi bhi cheez duniya me rahti nahi… aaj mai hu jahaa kal koi aur tha… ye bhi ik daur hai… wo bhi ik daur tha …”

These were, perhaps, the last words of India’s original and first superstar Rajesh Khanna amidst lusty cheers from his co-stars of yesteryear and at least the two generations that zipped past his genre of film stars at the star-studded Apsara Awards function in March 2012.

Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, Jaya Bacchan, Yash Chopra, Manoj Kumar, Hemamalini, Vaiajayanthi Mala Bali, Shabana Azmi, Waheeda Rehman, and the present-day film personalities graced the function.

Claps from the entire flock of Bollywood rent the air in the auditorium filling Rajesh Khanna’s heart with joy to its brim. Khanna recalled the poetic verse from Daag, a movie he enacted.

When he breathed his last on Wednesday afternoon at his Bandra residence in Mumbai, ‘ashirvad’, the myriad fans of the romantic hero of the yesteryear recalled his most famous dialogues and songs in his several hit movies. Anand, Amar Prem, Aradhana, and so on…There are 163 movies he enacted in his career, of which 106 were as a hero. He owns the record of 15 successive solo movies being big hits at the box office.

He was envied by the young men of India when he married the gorgeous Dimple Kapadia.

The superstar succumbed to kidney problem. He was ailing for quite a few months and was on ventilator support when the end came. His son-in-law Akshay Kumar, who married Twinkle Khanna, rushed to Mumbai cancelling his shooting schedules abroad. Born on December 29, 1942 in Amritsar, Jatin Khanna was christened as Rajesh Khanna when he entered the filmy firmament.

Khanna debuted on the celluloid in 1966 with the film Aakhri Khat. His career reached a crescendo with great blockbusters like Aradhana, Amar Prem, Kati Patang, Khamoshi, Raaz, Baharon Ke Sapne, and Ittefaq.

The romantic hero, who has two daughters – Twinkle and Rinky – separated with his wife, Dimple, in 1984, after 11 years of marriage.

He had a brush with politics too. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1992 byelections, caused due to the resignation of Lal Kishan Advani, who was elected in the mid-term elections in 1991 to the Lok Sabha from New Delhi constituency.

In fact, Khanna was propped and pitted against Advani by the late Rajiv Gandhi to send across a message to Amitabh Bacchan, who fell apart with Gandhi following the Bofors scandal. Khanna lost narrowly, but sought a re-election when the New Delhi seat fell vacant following the resignation of Advani. He defeated the BJP star contestant Shatrughan Sinha.

He made full use of the opportunity to endear himself, politically though, to his electors, crooning all the way throughout his tenure Pyaar kii galiyaa,  baagon kii kaliyaan…Sab rangaraliyaan puuchh raheen hain; Geet panaghat pe kis din gaayegee tuu

He dabbled with politics for quite a few years and expected that the Congress would nominate him for the Rajya Sabha. He shared this piece of information with senior journalists in Delhi too.

He fought his ailment with grit when his own dialogues of Safar echoed in his own ears —  “Main marne se pehle marna nahin chahta” and “Yeh toh main hi jaanta hoon ki zindagi ke aakhri moor par kitna andhera hai” .

Compared to most stars of the Mumbai tinsel town, his life was short. Yet, we remember him again with his own words in Anand: Aye Babu Moshaye….zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi !”


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A Saye Sekhar

A Saye Sekhar is the Editor of FrontPageIndia


  1. Anonymous April 10, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Rajesh kaka we really miss ur quote iz alwayz with us

  2. BASU, CARTOONIST. July 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

    The actor never be alone of his success. The will be screen back heroes to make an actor to a super star. The pain and strain of the bunch is given an actor to Super Star. Really Rajesh Khanna gave a definition, to the word super star. He gave more memories to the Industry, to rewrite all the things, what they think about…. The Legend reached to the eternal for the ultimate rest. Oh God give his soul rest in peace….

  3. Rallabhandy Ravindranath July 19, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Thoguh Rajesh Khanna was a super star during lates 60′s and 70′s, he continued his career as a character actor since 80′s. He was the heatthrob of young girls during his hey days. His family front may be a failure but did not divorce his one time betterhalf Dimple Kapadia. He was the first super star of Bollywood. We can just say Chalte Chalte…… Kabhi Alvida Na kehana.

  4. Mythili Mamidanna July 19, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Nicely written. Quoting Rajesh Khanna’s lines makes this story special.

  5. Narasimha July 19, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Nice and superb one!!!!!!

  6. Suresh July 19, 2012 at 5:15 am

    And the warmth flows out of the pen .. er… keyboard of Angara SS :)

  7. Arpita Bhawal July 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Excellent piece – very warm and sincere. Thank you!

  8. M Krishna Kiran July 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Simply superb piece!!!!!!

  9. Krishna Mohan July 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Rajesh Khanna was ever green romantic hero, film industry had ever seen.

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