First superstar


Rajesh Khanna’s death marks the end of an era. It was he who introduced superstardom in Indian cinema. He became a sensational star after Aradhana, which ran for over 300 days in many cities. Millions adored him, many might have not liked him, but there were years when everybody spoke about him.

J. Raghunathan,


Although I have lived in the down south of Tamil Nadu, I remember Rajesh Khanna starrers like Mere Jeevan Saathi and Kati Patang.

Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore formed the perfect on-screen pair. Although he entered politics, he will be remembered not as a politician but a film legend.

E. Rajakumar Arulanandham,


The Rajesh Khanna magic will live forever. He was the top actor in Bollywood during the 1970s and early 1980s.

My generation will miss the icon who made babumoshai a household word. Anand, Kati Patang, Aradhana, Bawarchi … the list of his hits is endless.

Philip Joshua,


For the better part of a decade, Rajesh Khanna was a rage and phenomenon. He had millions of fans swooning over his unique mannerisms.

He was also the last of Bollywood’s conventional romantic heroes. He has left behind a big repertoire of eminently watchable superhits.

M.H. Rao,


The first superstar was the heartthrob of many. Who can forget his hits with Mumtaz, Sharmila Tagore, and Asha Parekh? His babumoshai dialogue from Anand is unforgettable.

S.R. Patri,


Many of his movies released after Aradhana were great hits. His classic performance as the know-all cook in Bawarchi, a cancer patient in Anand and labour leader in Namak Haraam is unforgettable. His best film was perhaps Amar Prem which also saw a splendid performance by Sharmila Tagore.

N.K. Venkatarangan,


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