Birthday Bumps : Rajesh Khanna

Movies | | December 29, 2010, 12:30 pm
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During college days he was an active participant in inter-collegiate drama competitions and won many prizes.

During college days he was an active participant in inter-collegiate drama competitions and won many prizes.

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Even though he is known for romantic roles, he showed a sensitive side to him in films like Amar Prem, Bawarchi, Namak Haram and of course, Anand

Even though he is known for romantic roles, he showed a sensitive side to him in films like Amar Prem, Bawarchi, Namak Haram and of course, Anand

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He shares his birthday with his eldest daughter, Twinkle Khanna

He shares his birthday with his eldest daughter, Twinkle Khanna

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Even though Rajesh Khanna did about six films like Raaz, Aakhri Khat, Avishkar, Khamoshi, Baharon Ke Sapne, it was Aradhana that got him the accolades and huge success.

Even though Rajesh Khanna did about six films like Raaz, Aakhri Khat, Avishkar, Khamoshi, Baharon Ke Sapne, it was Aradhana that got him the accolades and huge success.

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He has always been a favourite with his co-stars. It is said that Sharmila Tagore had recommended his name to Shakti Samanta. And Wahida Rehman recommended his name for Khamoshi.

He has always been a favourite with his co-stars. It is said that Sharmila Tagore had recommended his name to Shakti Samanta. And Wahida Rehman recommended his name for Khamoshi.

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It is said that at the peak of his career, he would get fan letters written in blood from women and his cars would always be smeared with lipstick stains. It is also said that when he married Dimple, some women had attempted suicide

It is said that at the peak of his career, he would get fan letters written in blood from women and his cars would always be smeared with lipstick stains. It is also said that when he married Dimple, some women had attempted suicide

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Rajesh khanna was clever enough to understand that apart from commercial films, he has to do author backed roles too. Apparently, he would charge lesser to smaller films, like Anand, Naukar etc

Rajesh khanna was clever enough to understand that apart from commercial films, he has to do author backed roles too. Apparently, he would charge lesser to smaller films, like Anand, Naukar etc

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Rajesh Khanna was exceptionally busy when he was approached for Anand. The role  was earlier said to be turned down by Kishor Kumar and Shashi Kapoor. It was Gulzar who convinced Khanna to do the role.

Rajesh Khanna was exceptionally busy when he was approached for Anand. The role was earlier said to be turned down by Kishor Kumar and Shashi Kapoor. It was Gulzar who convinced Khanna to do the role.

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Rajesh Khanna was exceptionally busy when he was approached for Anand. The role  was earlier said to be turned down by Kishor Kumar and Shashi Kapoor. It was Gulzar who convinced Khanna to do the role.

Rajesh Khanna was exceptionally busy when he was approached for Anand. The role was earlier said to be turned down by Kishor Kumar and Shashi Kapoor. It was Gulzar who convinced Khanna to do the role.

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Rajesh Khanna dated Anju Mahendroo for a long time. He showered her with gifts during their courtship period and is said to have even gifted a bunglow in Juhu.

Rajesh Khanna dated Anju Mahendroo for a long time. He showered her with gifts during their courtship period and is said to have even gifted a bunglow in Juhu.

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Most of Rajesh Khanna’s songs were sung by Kishore Kumar. It is said that Kishore sang free for Rajesh Khanna's film, Alag Alag, which had Tina Munim, his then girlfriend, playing the lead with him.

Most of Rajesh Khanna’s songs were sung by Kishore Kumar. It is said that Kishore sang free for Rajesh Khanna's film, Alag Alag, which had Tina Munim, his then girlfriend, playing the lead with him.

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Whatever Rajesh Khanna wore, it worked. Trends started by him like Guru Kurtas and belt on the shirt, was a big rage. It is said that Khanna actually started wearing Guru Kurtas when he started feeling conscious of him being overweight.

Whatever Rajesh Khanna wore, it worked. Trends started by him like Guru Kurtas and belt on the shirt, was a big rage. It is said that Khanna actually started wearing Guru Kurtas when he started feeling conscious of him being overweight.

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While doing a film called Anokha Rishta, his co-star Sabeeha accused him of sexual misconduct. Sabeeha is the daughter of yesteryear actress Ameeta. However, Sabeeha couldn’t prove her claims.

While doing a film called Anokha Rishta, his co-star Sabeeha accused him of sexual misconduct. Sabeeha is the daughter of yesteryear actress Ameeta. However, Sabeeha couldn’t prove her claims.

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He quit acting for a while and served as a MP from New Delhi constituency for five years in early 90s.

He quit acting for a while and served as a MP from New Delhi constituency for five years in early 90s.

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Some trivia about the actor who is better known as the first superstar of Bollywood.
Though his original name is Jatin Khanna, his parents apparently called him Jeetendra and friends lovingly called him kaka. But when he came into films, his name was changed by his uncle to Rajesh. His wife still calls him Kaka. 
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<b></b>Text: Shubha Shetty-Saha 
Pics: Film stills

Some trivia about the actor who is better known as the first superstar of Bollywood. Though his original name is Jatin Khanna, his parents apparently called him Jeetendra and friends lovingly called him kaka. But when he came into films, his name was changed by his uncle to Rajesh. His wife still calls him Kaka.

Text: Shubha Shetty-Saha Pics: Film stills