Actor Rajesh Khanna “Kaka” passes away
Veteran Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna (69) passed away.
- Born in 1942 as Jatin Arora, his uncle changed his named to Rajesh Khanna when he decided to join films.
- He was not only a mega star but was also a Lok Sabha member of the Indian National Congress from New Delhi constituency from 1992 to 1996.
- He made his film debut in the 1966 film Aakhri Khat directed by Chetan Anand
- He was then noticed for his performances in films like Baharon Ke Sapne, Aurat (1967),Doli, Aradhana and Ittefaq.
- Khanna became a megastar after he gave 15 consecutive solo blockbuster movies b/w 1969 and 1972 including "Aradhana", "Haathi Mere Saathi", "Anand" and "Amar Prem".
- Khanna was referred to, by the media, as the "First Superstar" of Indian cinema.
- In the film Anand, the word “Babu Moshai” used by Rajesh Khanna for Amitabh Bachchan (who played a Bengali doctor in the film), is so deeply engraved in the minds of Indians that it has almost become a synonym for Bengalis for the rest of the countrymen.
- His friends and his wife called him Kaka (Uncle).
Awards and Applauds he won:
- 3 Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same 14 times.
- BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) – 4 times and nominated 25 times
- In 2005, he was conferred with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
Month: Current Affairs - July, 2012