Rajesh Khanna was India’s first superstar. After battling prolonged illness, the actor breathed his last in the afternoon of July 18, 2012. It is said that he was the only actor who delivered 15 consecutive hits. Rajesh Khanna made his debut in ‘Aakhri Khat’, which went unnoticed. However that didn’t deter his spirits. Rajesh Khanna was an extremely popular star of the 1970s. Known to be the most romantic star of the era, Rajesh was usually paired with Mumtaz or Sharmila Tagore. Rajesh Khanna actually introduced a lot of actresses on the big screen and the most prominent among them was Mumtaz who paired with him in 15 films. Some of his superhit films include Aradhana, Sachaa Jhutha, Haathi Mere Saathi, Amar Prem, Do Raaste, Anand, Avtar and Souten. Several of the popular songs sung by Kishore Kumar in the 1970s were picturised on Khanna and it also helped his films become successful. He married actress Dimple Kapadia in March, 1973. Though the couple is now divorced, they kept in touch with each other. Their daughters Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna tried acting but quickly moved on to different career options. Twinkle, an interior designer by profession, is married to Akshay Kumar and is expecting her second child.
Rajesh Khanna achieved overnight stardom with Shakti Samantha’s ‘Aradhana’, in which he played a dual role of father and son. He became the craze of the nation, the first actor to be known as No. 1 superstar of Hindi films and remained so for next six years. During 1991-1996, Rajesh Khanna was a Member of Parliament for the Congress Party, from the New Delhi constituency. In 2001-2002, Rajesh Khanna played major roles in two TV serials – Aapne Parai (B4U & DD Metro) and Ittefaq (Zee TV).He is the winner of several awards and honorary titles.