Once upon a time, there was this man whose fan following had no boundaries. His success story was nothing less than a dream or a movie script. Women used to marry his photographs and send him letters written with their blood. He gave 15 back-to-back blockbuster hits as a solo hero. Though today they play 'National Anthem' before a movie starts, his marriage video was played during those times. Such was the craze, the fan following of India's First Superstar- Late Rajesh Khanna.
But as they say, the audience only salutes the rising sun and forgets the dawning one. Soon this stardom went down and got crushed by changing trends and other actors. It's the story from being at the top to being pulled down to a place where appearing in movies had become rare and the name soon faded away with time.
Today, on his birthday, we bring to you five of his movies which made every woman go down on her knees and made every man follow his style and his charm.
Years before SRK came up with his tear-jerking 'Kal Ho Na Ho'; Kaka, as we fondly call him, played a cancer patient who lives life to the fullest and made every one cry. That movie not only gave us a wonderful performance by Khanna but also the next superstar whom Kaka fondly calls 'Babu Moshaai' in the movie.
He charmed every one right from the beginning when he wooed Sharmila Tagore singing 'Mere Sapno Ki Rani'. He left every one with teary eyes when his character died, only to let them whistle and clap when he returns back as his own son. Aaradhna is another memorable Rajesh Khanna movie.
3. Daag- A poem of Love:
Known for his charming and romantic portrayal, Kaka played a man torn between two women; while one was his past, the other is his present. It was typical Yash Chopra film with beautiful locations, songs, dialogues and a timeless romantic saga.
A fun-filled family entertainer where Kaka plays a servant in a house named 'Shanti Nivas' where ironically, people keep fighting all the time. The story is about how he resolves disputes and misunderstandings between all of them. One of the most memorable and amazing performances by Kaka where he charmed the audience without romancing any woman.
5. Amar Prem:
The move spoke not only of love between a brothel-worker and a businessman but also a lady and a little boy she treats as her own son. A movie about relationships- one that the society gives us; and the other that doesn't have any name. And yes, who can forget the dialogue, â€œPushpaâ€¦I hate tears.â€!
Survived by his wife Dimple Kapadia and daughters Twinkle Khanna and Rinkle Khanna, Kaka tried making a comeback into films again, but kept failing. And years after his last box office hit, the media again showed news regarding the once-upon-a-time superstar on 18th July, 2012 to announce his death. He believed in â€œZindagi ek safar hai suhanaâ€, and surely, his journey to become the first Superstar of India would always be a cherished one.
Wishing him peace and happiness wherever he resides.