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Powerful actor, creative personality: Pratibha

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Film industry “has lost one of its most successful and most charming heroes,” says Manmohan

Arrey oh baabu moshai! Hum to rangmanch ki kathputliyan hain jiski dor us upar wale ke haathon main hai. Kab, kaun kahan uthega ye koi nahin janta.” President Pratibha Patil recollected these lines from blockbuster Anand to pay tribute to Rajesh Khanna, who passed away on Wednesday.

In her condolence message to Dimple Kapadia, wife of the superstar, Ms. Patil said the film industry lost a “powerful actor and creative personality.”

“In his prime as an actor, he was the heartthrob of the younger generation of 1970s, who tried to model themselves on him and his style.”

Ms. Patil said Khanna’s powerful acting brought life into the celluloid characters he played in Kati Patang, Anand, Amar Prem and Mere Jeevan Saathi that made him the first superstar of Hindi cinema.

Timeless melodies

“The timeless, classic melodies in the films in which he starred, such as ‘Mere Sapnon Ki Rani’ in Aradhana, ‘Zindagi Ek Safar’ in Andaaz or ‘Yeh Shaam Mastani’ in Kati Patang are still remembered today.”

‘His legacy will live on’

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described Khanna as one of the “most successful and most charming heroes.”In a message to Khanna’s daughter, Twinkle, Dr. Singh noted that his popularity as a romantic hero in the 1960s and 1970s “is a part of our film folklore.”

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of your father, Rajesh Khannaji,” he wrote. The Indian film industry “has lost one of its most successful and most charming heroes.”

Noting that Khanna was a celebrated artist who entertained millions of Indians with his performance in a variety of films, Dr. Singh said: “His legacy will live on in the form of the numerous entertaining and acclaimed films that remain.”

The powerful roles he essayed in classics like Anand, Aradhana, Kati Patang and Amar Prem stood testimony to his artistic genius.

He noted that Khanna was also a colleague in the Congress and member of the Lok Sabha in the early 1990s.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar hailed Khanna as a legendary actor.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni said Khanna would forever remain the superhero of the Indian film industry.

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