Rajesh Khanna : A countrywide obsession and the King of Hearts

Death Anniversary of Legendary Actor Rajesh Khanna

Today, 18 July marks the 9th Death Anniversary of the legendary heartthrob Rajesh Khanna. “Babumoshai, Zindagi Badi Honi Chahiye, Lambi nahi” , this dialogue never fails to remind us of Rajesh from Anand. A nation wide obsession, heartthrob and furthermore, the king of his own days. On this day, 9 years ago Rajesh Khanna left us for the heavenly abode, and left behind a legacy. The King of Romance of his own days, Rajesh Khanna never failed to impress his audience. Let’s remember the legend on his death anniversary, and keep him alive within our hearts.

Girls were mad for Rajesh Khanna

It’s no old news that women of all ages were madly and truly in love with him. The heartthrob would steal innumerable hearts with just a smile, wink and the way he looked at the camera. The stories that women used to paint his white car in red with lipstick marks and would consider him the love of their lives aren’t false. In fact many women had already considered him as their husband! Imagine that.

Rajesh Khanna : A countrywide obsession and the King of Hearts
Rajesh Khanna : A countrywide obsession and the King of Hearts

It was a different time, a different era. An era were back to back Rajesh Khanna films were releasing. Women and men both were crazy for him, moreover that was the power he had over his fans.

An era of Rajesh Khanna: Remembered as a Romantic actor

Rajesh Khanna is not just a name but a brand in itself. He has given life to the songs like Oh Mere Dil Ke Chain, Mere Sapnon Ki Rani and Roop Tera Mastana. He is mostly remembered as a Romantic Actor. The air around him felt like it was filled with love. Sharmila Tagore used to be his favourite co-star. Once she revealed that more than 90 women, or maybe more, used wait for hours to get a single glimpse of Mr. Khanna.

More than an actor, An Idol for many

As we were talking about women considering him as their husband, they used to marry to Rajesh’s photographs too. Just imagine the craze! He was more than a simple romantic actor, he is considered as an Idol. The persona that Rajesh carried, his looks, charm and amazing voice that he used to its fullest to melt hearts.

Rajesh Khanna : A countrywide obsession and the King of Hearts
Rajesh Khanna : A countrywide obsession and the King of Hearts

What led to the downfall of his career?

Khanna is definitely one of the most loved stars, but what led to consecutive 3 flops? Some say it was his love for whiskey and food, while some say that as times were changing, people wanted to see more of action rather than romance. And romance was Rajesh’s forte, not action. In fact, his co-star Mehmood blames the company Rajesh Khanna used to keep around him.

Marriage with Dimple Kapadia

While millions of women were left heartbroken, and started wearing white to show widowhood; a few called him upon his marriage as a third grade publicity stunt. Furthermore, his marriage went on to become one of the biggest events of his career. Many say that Rajesh wasn’t close to Dimple and his daughter Twinkle Khanna. In fact it wasn’t until he started getting ill that he started meeting Twinkle and her extended family, aka Akshay and their kids.

Rajesh Khanna : A countrywide obsession and the King of Hearts

When Rajesh Left us for his heavenly abode

Rajesh Khanna is also one of the stars who couldn’t run away from the grip of cancer. He was ill for a few years, and finally succumbed to death on 18 July 2012. Leaving his fans and family along with the industry devastated. We keep him alive in our hearts an hope that wherever he is, he is at peace.

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