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Rajesh Khanna dies in Mumbai

Published Jul 18, 2012 01:48pm


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Rajesh Khanna—File Photo


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MUMBAI: Rajesh Khanna, often referred to as the “first superstar” of Bollywood and the Hindi film industry's biggest heart-throb in his day, died on Wednesday after months of being unwell. He was 69.

Khanna, who had been sick since April with an undisclosed illness rumoured to be cancer, passed away at his family home in Mumbai after being discharged from hospital on Tuesday, reports said.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led an outpouring of grief on Twitter where fans reminisced over his greatest movies and wished his wife and two daughters well.

“I convey my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and countless fans and admirers of Shri Rajesh Khanna,” said Singh's official Twitter feed.

Known as “Kaka” (uncle) to his fans, Khanna was not from an acting dynasty like many big Bollywood names. He was born in the city of Amritsar in the northwest of India in 1942 and enjoyed being on stage from his school days.

He made his film debut in “Aakhri Khat” (The Last Letter) in 1966 but his big break came with runaway hit “Aaradhna” (Worship) three years later, followed by a string of successes, with Khanna typically as the romantic lead.

His prominent hits of the 1970s included “Kati Patang” (Broken Kite), “Anand” (Happiness) and “Amar Prem” (Everlasting Love).

In total he appeared in more than 150 Hindi films.

Khanna's entry to the industry came at a time when fans were looking beyond fading stars of Bollywood legends such as Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand.

He was soon getting letters written in blood by his female fans and his car was marked with lipstick stains wherever he went. There were even reports of his female admirers marrying his photographs.

British broadcaster Jack Pizzey in a 1973 BBC documentary “Bombay Superstar” described Khanna as having the charisma of Italian actor Rudolph Valentino and the arrogance of Napoleon.

Many Indian hearts were broken when he married young actress Dimple Kapadia in 1973. They had two daughters and later separated, but she returned to look after him during his final days of illness.

Despite his huge success, Khanna's star was later eclipsed by that of actor Amitabh Bachchan, who emerged in the early 1970s as an anti-establishment hero in roles as an angry young man.

Indian audiences began to lose their taste for Khanna-style romances and family dramas, while Bachchan's roles identified with the frustration of the country's youth, struggling with a lack of opportunities during a closed economy.

Khanna never quite regained his superstar status, although he did make a comeback in 1983 with two hits, including “Avtaar”, a story of a father abandoned by his children. He released another 11 films the following year.

Later in the decade he moved into politics, contesting elections on a Congress Party ticket and becoming a Member of Parliament for New Delhi in the 1990s.

His later film roles were largely insignificant, although he shocked fans in 2008 when he did an intimate scene with then-unknown starlet Laila Khan in the film “Wafaa: A Deadly Love Story”.

Laila, suspected to have had links with banned terror groups, was killed along with her family members last year.

Criticised as too bold for Indian screens, Khanna nevertheless said he was proud of the role.

His last frail onscreen appearance was in his first television commercial for electric appliance company Havells.

What they're saying on Twitter:

“RIP Rajesh Khanna. The Phenomenon. Thank you for the magic.” - Rahul Bose

“India’s only real Superstar is no more. Rajesh Khanna was and remains ‘The Phenomenon’.” - Shobhaa De

“Rajesh Khanna gave us a crash course in Romance. He introduced us to a special twinkle in the eye that made us feel good about ourselves. RIP” - Anupam Kher

"When we lose a loved one, something within us dies. Our generation loved Rajesh Khanna. Today a bit if us dies with this enigmatic star.” - Mahesh Bhatt

“Just heard the saddest news. The 1st Superstar of India is no more. But the legend that was Rajesh Khanna will live eternally through his films.” - Farah Khan


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satishkandpal Jul 18, 2012 03:29pm
satishkandpal Jul 18, 2012 03:31pm
tumse badkar is duniya me na dekh koi aur jawa par
Girish Jul 18, 2012 04:28pm
Heart broken.
satishkandpal Jul 18, 2012 03:07pm
babu moshay tum rula gaye. zindagi kaisi hai paheli hai
R.Vishvesh Jul 18, 2012 01:06pm
There will never be another actor par excellence like him. He immortalized the era of romance. May his soul rest in peace.
Farhad Nasir Jul 18, 2012 03:44pm
Farhad Nasir from Lahore: I was a big fan of him.He was a great actor and a good man.May his soul rest in peace and God shower his blessings upon him.
chop Jul 18, 2012 12:46pm
Rest in peace!
Ram Parkash Jul 18, 2012 03:54pm
A part of me died today.
anup Jul 18, 2012 11:38am
may god rest his soul in peace...................
Khazina Jul 18, 2012 11:28am
One of the greatest of his time. His memory lives on! As Kaka would say : " Pushpa I hate tears". Let's celebrate his life.
dkumar Jul 18, 2012 01:42pm
zindagi badi honi chahiye...lambi nahin..anand'd safar is over rk
55goravens Jul 18, 2012 04:15pm
'Surely we belong to God and to Him shall we return'. Big loss. RIP.Growing up in 80 I still have many of his songs memorized. Couple of years ago bought a DVD with his hits for my parents. I will watch it tonight.
shirjheel Jul 18, 2012 10:27am
We grew up watching him, what an actor? he will be remembered for some of the best memories of our time.
Ejaz Butt Jul 18, 2012 10:26am
A sad news indeed. I grew up watching Rajesh's movies in 70's . Rajesh Khanna provided a great entertainment to me and millions of others. I am sad at his demise. May the Lord rest his soul. A good man and a good actor leaves this world; hats off to Rajesh Khanna.
Guddu Jul 18, 2012 01:24pm
"Ek din sapano ka raahi, Chala jaaye sapano ke aage kahan, JIndagi kaisi yeh paheli hai...." One day everyone has to go but you left us with such sweet and romantic memories that will last forever. What an artist and what a man.
Raja Jul 18, 2012 12:04pm
Rajesh Khana was a legend and one of the best actor a film industry has known. He will be missed.
shahzad Jul 18, 2012 12:02pm
Very sad to hear this. May his sole rest in peace.
Marwah Jul 18, 2012 12:14pm
Legends are not confined to boundaries and loved by one and all (Indian or Pakistani).....First Dev Saab and now RK , its sad that we're running out of stalwarts...."Zindagi ka Safar hai yeh kaisa Safar , Koi Samjha nahin koi Jaana nahin"...TRUE WORDS!!
kanoj Jul 18, 2012 04:48pm
babu masai left. Left his memories for us.
Rishi Jul 19, 2012 10:11am
I can't bear the losss...I am 44 years old and to me Rajesh Khanna is equal to Amir,Shahrukh,Salman and Amitabh put together. I have taken one day leave to mourn... ...the god of love has gone...
bushra Jul 18, 2012 10:13am
very sad to hear the news,he was a wonderful actor....may his soul rest i peace.
Poorni Jul 18, 2012 01:06pm
Superstar of bollywood we will miss this great legand , may his soul rest in peace
hooo Jul 18, 2012 03:56pm
While 14 of their own people just died today these Pakistanis are mourning about the death of an actor.
J Khan Jul 18, 2012 03:57pm
A part of me died as well.
Khizr Jul 18, 2012 10:03am
Rajesh Khanna has given his all to Bollywood and is leaving with much love and affection from millions of fans. His contribution to the film industry in the sub-continent is tremendous. You will be greatly missed. RIP. Condolences to the Khanna pareewar and the millions of fan. Piyaar Diwana hota hai, mastana hota hai...
Blaster Jul 18, 2012 04:35pm
Great to see so many fans of Rajesh Khanna from Pakistan. I still remember the day I went to see Aradhana. Who can ever forget the scenes and the songs of a great actor. Bollywoods first and one and only superstar. Rest in Peace Kaka.
Zero Jul 18, 2012 04:05pm
Condolences ..he was one of my three favorite Indian actors .. Dharmendra and Amitabh being the other two.
Ammar Jul 18, 2012 04:36pm
This is indeed a very sad day, I grew up watching Rajesh Khanna's movies. Anand really did it for me, I was only 9 years but I got it. That was the first time I heard of a disease called lymphosarcoma ! 30 years later losing both my parents to this dreadful disease.
Freny A, Sajan Jul 18, 2012 04:48pm
kaka you will be remembered for a very long time. To day is black day for INDIA. May your soul rest in peace
Ram Parkash Jul 18, 2012 03:55pm
A part of me died today :(
Ankush Jul 18, 2012 10:27am
As you said in ANAND "Zindgi lambi nahi, badi honi chahiye"... It was indeed king size...Rest in peace Rajesh Khanna, We will always love you
Reddy Jul 18, 2012 01:30pm
my teenage memories died with him, RK you gave us the glimmer.
Rabi Jul 18, 2012 10:08am
'Anand' was one of our favorites. We saw real life drama in many families similar to Anand. The songs by Kishore da so much resonates with Rajesh Khanna's character roles. Many of such would feel a void for the rest of our lives.
Sidda saada banda Jul 18, 2012 02:58pm
Living fore ever........RIP......
satish Jul 18, 2012 10:08am
may almighty bless his soul
tara Jul 18, 2012 10:09am
naresh dasari Jul 19, 2012 12:37pm
we respect @ love dawn group from india...whole heartedly. great tribute to legend rajesh khanna. long live dawn...
Ashvinn Jul 19, 2012 12:49pm
It is fashionable now days to have opinion on all thing, well said.
naresh dasari Jul 19, 2012 12:50pm
we respect @ love dawn group from india...whole heartedly. great tribute to legend rajesh khanna. long live dawn...
Uma Maheswar Nakka Jul 19, 2012 02:48pm
U Gupta Jul 18, 2012 10:00am
It is really sad. However error is observed in above article. Rajesh Khanna was Punjabi. Kaka in Punjabi means little boy not uncle.
N Tanna Jul 18, 2012 11:15am
He had the romantic style that still stands out. His songs were outstanding - made Kishoreji noticed all the more. We shall miss him. He died prematurely in Safar, Anand. He was not so happy in Amar Prem. His real life led to a broken marriage. He is gone at 69 - rather young. May be there was an element of his screen roles in his real life. Missed he surely will be. God Bless. RIP
kaamat Jul 18, 2012 11:11am
Rajesh defined what romance is. Rajesh is the real superstar. A part of me is gone with his passing away.
Anand Jul 18, 2012 11:03am
Amazing to see his fans from Pakistan.. He surely had his way ... very sad..RIP Rajesh
Mohammad Ali Khan Jul 18, 2012 11:04am
I thank DAWN for putting together a very appropriate obituary.Dev Ji come alive in these videos.
W.Sarmad Khan Jul 18, 2012 10:49am
I am deeply saddened my this tragic news. Rajesh Khana was an icon of Bollywood.and his passing away is a great loss for the Indian film industry. May God bless his soul .
pt cares Jul 18, 2012 02:34pm
Rest in peace Kaka. You entertained millions and all of us will miss you forever.
Naveed Jul 18, 2012 10:43am
Great Actor.......Gone for ever.........
Vinod Jul 18, 2012 12:17pm
Very touching obituary, perfectly mixed with texts and videos.
Jack Jul 18, 2012 12:38pm
"Arrey oh baabu mushoy hum to rangmanch ki kathputliyan hain jiski dor us upar wale ke haathon main hai kab, kaun kahan uthega ye koi nahin janta " the evergreen Rajesh Khannaa.
Punjabi Jatt Jul 18, 2012 10:40am
I will miss you kaka but hey i'm sure we will meet up in the heavenly wheat fields of Punjab again. Adieu my friend.
Faras Jul 18, 2012 10:37am
MAy Allah give him peace and joy he [Khanna]certainly gave me that with his roles.
satishkandpal Jul 18, 2012 03:25pm
agar aasma par mera haath jaate, kadmo pe tere sitari bichate
Karachi Wala Jul 18, 2012 03:41pm
That is true! while Kaka in Punjabi means little boy, in Gujrati it does mean uncle. Either way Kaka is no more. However, Kaka has now joined the rest of the trio. Kishore and R.D. Burman. Great Combo.
satishkandpal Jul 18, 2012 03:19pm
babu moshay tum rula gaye.
Khan Jul 18, 2012 03:18pm
Why say such disgusting things at such a sad time. Rajesh Khanna brings back memories of a time when the world was a better place, before people like you ruined it.
abc Jul 18, 2012 03:19pm
what do you mean? i did not understand the context of your post
iHD Jul 18, 2012 02:10pm
Gila Mout se nahin hai, Mujhe Zindagi ne Mara.. He will always remain in our heart, as long as media is there he will always be heard..
Kdspirited Jul 18, 2012 01:54pm
RIP Rajesh sahib through your movies and songs I will remember my childhood forever. Your movies transcended generations. My father introduced me to your song zindagi ke safar mein guzar jate hain jo makam. And it always reminded me of my dad.Now It will remind me of you as well. I dont believe in good byes. so I would say till we meet again.
RMani Jul 18, 2012 09:00am
R.I.P. was my fav romantic hero.
Vijay Jul 18, 2012 09:03am
An actor of immense calibre clearly displayed in his hit 'Anand'. We will miss him. May his soul rest in peace!
taranveer singh Jul 18, 2012 09:10am
Adieu with tears in eyes.
Jawaid Jul 18, 2012 09:10am
Aik Din Bik Jay ayga Mati kay mole, Jag mein rah jayangay piyaray teray bol.
Neeraj Jul 18, 2012 09:11am
Maut tu ek kavita hai .. mujhase ek kavita ka vaadaa hai milegi mujhako .. dubati nabzon mein jab dard ko neend aane lage zard saa cheharaa liye chaand ufak tak pahunche din abhi paani mein ho raat kinaare ke kareeb na abhi andheraa ho, na ujaalaa ho, na raat na din jism jab khatm ho aur ruuh ko saans aae . mujhase ek kavita ka vaadaa hai milegii mujhako .. RIP Rajesh Khanna
subhash bohra Jul 18, 2012 09:13am
May his soul rest in peace.
Vijay Jul 18, 2012 09:13am
Very sad ..... Mere sapno ki rani superstar is no more
r.s.soni Jul 18, 2012 09:13am
Bottle of liquor has consumed many empires. May almighty provide peace to his soul!
ANIKET Jul 18, 2012 09:17am
Hero Jul 18, 2012 09:17am
Gone with the wind , left sweet memories
azad Jul 18, 2012 09:22am
ap na jaane mujko samajte h to kuch b ni... aj me hu jaha kal koi aur tha..yeh b 1 daur h..wo b 1 daur tha.. real superstar...may his soul rest in peace..
subhash bohra Jul 18, 2012 09:23am
saboor Jul 18, 2012 09:27am
We all will leave the world but who is successful? Almighty Allah will decide on the day of Judgement. We must follow the right path.
AHK Jul 18, 2012 09:28am
He was a legend. Has left good memories.
Abdul Waheed Jul 18, 2012 09:32am
memories of his God gifted talent / art will remain in the hearts of millions of film lovers.
parus Jul 18, 2012 09:45am
R.I.P Rajesh Khana end of an era ....May God Bless His Soul
muak15736 Jul 18, 2012 09:46am
Gone from fan's sight, but never from their hearts.
SAA Jul 18, 2012 09:47am
Some of my beautiful memories of that era has died with him. We grew up listening to songs of his films. He was the king of romantic songs of the 70's, so beautifully sung by Kishore Kumar and composed by the master musician R.D. Burman. The trio truly defined the 70's . O those old melodies still makes me cry. With him gone the era of the roaring 70's has now truly died. RIP Kaka. Thanks for the beautiful memories and melodies.
Taimoor Dil Sher Jul 18, 2012 09:56am
Dev Anand and now Rajesh Khanna ...... I grew up listening to the songs picturised on him ..... u pick up any hit indian song of yester years and the probaility is 99.999 % it would be picturised either on Dev Sb, RK, Kaka, Dilip Sb or Big B ..... both DA & RKhanna gave a new meaning to the "romantic expression" huge loss undoubtedly .... would be remembered by hunderds of millions of paki fans
tahir wadood malik Jul 18, 2012 09:56am
Rajesh Khanna Allah bakhshay - aamin he was an entertainer par excellence - fitting the role like a glove!
@mandeepch Jul 18, 2012 04:55pm
a great actor with an emotional heart........miss u a lot kaka..
Gagan Jul 18, 2012 05:06pm
"Safar" has ended.
aanjana Jul 18, 2012 05:11pm
A very well writen article which is missed in Indian Media. I thank Dawn for paying excellent tributes to a great artist of Indian Cinema.
imtiaz Jul 18, 2012 05:20pm
Rajesh Khanna gave us great pleasure with his roles on the screen , Praying our prayers make the next role on his journey a pleasurable one for him.
Tam Jul 18, 2012 05:42pm
I am the one of the strongest critics of Pakistan....but today the way DAWN has given KAKA the respect by putting all his memorable videos together is really commendable.......not even any Indian Print/Internet Media did such a way..... wish Pakistan best of Luck......and thanks for your support.....
suresh kumar Jul 18, 2012 05:49pm
Great actor and very handsome personality. So sad he died fairly at early age
hariharmani Jul 18, 2012 06:04pm
Unforgetable Trio,Rk,Kaka,KK,Dada and RD Pancham,and the the 60's and 70's.Those were days when Jawani was my friend,everything has now'gone with the wind,Sharmila,Shabana,Waheeda,Asha,Hema ,Mumtaz and Jya Bhaduri,have travaeled the rough road of time,they remind us 'Jab mey be Jawan tha'.No regrets,it was great while it lasted.Nice to People on the other side of the border remember fondly the good times.Rest in peace Kaka Bau mosoi.Fair well.Sleep well RIP.
Suraj Tschand Jul 18, 2012 06:04pm
Thank you Dawn for this article. Rajesh Khanna was a true superstar who had diehard fans in Afghanistan, Pakistan, parts of India, and the Middle East. .
Sal Jul 18, 2012 06:15pm
After hearing the news, I was trying to decide which website I could visit for a tribute to his life. Eventhough, I am an Indian, I knew that DAWN would offer the appropriate tribute and you proved me right. Thank you. May god bless his soul.
Sarah Jul 18, 2012 06:32pm
he was an ok actor
Mulrajsinh Jul 18, 2012 06:42pm
He was a real super star.I grew up watching his movies. Sachha Jutha,aaradhna,kati patang some of the memorable movies in my mind.Hard to erase.
Sridhar Jul 18, 2012 06:42pm
Why the hell are we fighting against each other. We Indians and pakisthanis have so much in common and bonded together for ages from harrapa and mohenjadaro. But we couldnt withstand British trick of seprating and dividing us When will our politician learn to respect the people's voice who dont want war RIP Rajesh In death you have brought pak and india together at least for a moment
Devendra Jul 18, 2012 07:43pm
While the loss is profound to us fans of KAKKA (true punjabi spelling of) and we are culturally impoveished; heaven is enriched today where angles are gathering in that heavenly hall to hear him sing those famous melodies that enraptured his fans. The hall is overflowing as it were when he was on earth. REST IN PEACE, KAKKA.
Pathanoo Jul 18, 2012 07:45pm
WOW!!! Was it written by Kavi Raj Neeraj?
dany Jul 18, 2012 08:21pm
My best memories of 1970's Watching Khanna acting on Kishore's songs and Zahreer Abbas's batting in the background. What is a connection between these three? All of them connected.
dany Jul 18, 2012 08:23pm
Anana Bahia, Thank you for the comments. I hope our Indians brothers will notice someday that in Pakistan we are very normal people and we have a very vocal fundamental elements but please do not identify rest of us with them. They are our enemies as they are yours. Peace from Lahore
Imran Jul 18, 2012 08:26pm
Loss of all life is tragic. Fact is all of us knew Rajesh Khanna very well and enjoyed his performances. That is why you see so many messages of condolences.
Sudhanshu Jul 18, 2012 09:16pm
I often used to watch 'mere sapno ke raani kab aayegi tu' when I was single and looking for the right one. That song for me defines the joy that Rajeshji's brought to millions on his fans across the border. I'm happily married now - thank you for the wonderful memories... RIP
Yousuf Mamsa Jul 18, 2012 09:52pm
Rajesh Khanna....just like Kishore Kumar and a few others are the fondest memories from my childhood. RIP. Zindagi ke safar mein guzar jaaen hain jo maqaam....
Ranjit Singh Jul 18, 2012 09:54pm
Pakistanis are wonderful fans.
PNP Jul 18, 2012 10:05pm
Woh trademark adaein (style), twinkle in eyes, delivery of dialogues, facial expressions while singing those memorable ramantic songs, very realistic acting, and more such things etched permanent marks on millions and millions of teenagers, youth and even mature adults. Alas,these nostalgic memories once gone leave a melancholi but rather 'gham', a saddening void, can never be recreated again. RK, thanks for all those splendid memories, RIP.
cssingh Jul 18, 2012 10:20pm
hoooji Rajesh Khanna was great actor glad to know that many Pakistanis love him.Sadly to learn that 14 Pakistanis died.
saurabh Jul 18, 2012 10:31pm
Superstar in his own right!! Great actor !!! Great music !!
mahant1 Jul 18, 2012 10:35pm
Thank you DAWN. Rajesh Khanna reminds me my exciting college days. He left a great impression on Hindi films like nobody else!
Syed Jul 18, 2012 11:28pm
Kaka! having lots of AAnsoo, lots of pain and lots of laughter, its difficult to write. You gave us hope, love, empathy,courage, mosy off all selfdetermination, through your movies and personally; and beautifulf days that we can never forget. Your laughter, your jokes,and tears have become part of us and now we have lost part us, but you are with us forever. May Allha rest your soul and comfort with you family.
Ganesan Man Jul 18, 2012 11:29pm
Nobody or few peoples knows the 14 dead people, but millions of pakistanis know Rajesh. Still it is sad that 14 people to die this way. May almighty Allah help their family.
Mohammed S. Khan Jul 18, 2012 11:42pm
An actor with instentaneous acting charm. His films always brought freshness on the faces and lives of the viewers.
Russel Jul 18, 2012 11:45pm
Well said. These people have no perspective, no priorities, no insight, self-esteem or self-respect. International laughing stock, derided by the World. They need to get a life while they have it.
masood Jul 19, 2012 12:37am
My golden teenage years were happiness with dreams acted by great Rajesh Khanna, when our country were torn apart in 1971, his movies gave us hope that their is love even in midst of carnage and hatred during that era. Pray that Allah gives u a space in paradise......RIP Rajesh thank you for all the happiness u have given us during our tragic history.
sri1ram Jul 19, 2012 01:51am
Yes, both the 'sole' and the 'soul'.
Rizwan Wasi Jul 19, 2012 01:52am
Kaka Jee is the Super Star Forever & There Will No Super Star Like Him Again. You Will Always Live in Our Hearts & Mind. You Are Just Unforgettable. May God Bless His Soul. rw
kamal hasan Jul 19, 2012 01:59am
Nobody can be compared with one great man- one and only and none afterwards.
kamal hasan Jul 19, 2012 02:08am
there is only one Rajesh Khanna. does any one know who these people are if yes- how many?
Sunny Jul 19, 2012 02:19am
Everyone talks about songs of Anand -- who composed the music? Not R. D. Burman, it was Salil Chowdhury - another Bengali. Salil Chowdhury was one and only one -- far ahead of his time. I am glad Bollywood ignored him. His Bengali modern songs are the best. He even wrote many of the songs himself. He also wrote the story and screenplay of 'Do Bigha Jamin'. Lata Mangeshkar picked Salil Chowdhury as one of her favorite. Anand owes much of its success to Salil's magic.
SULTAN LADIWALLA Jul 19, 2012 02:37am
SULTAN LADIWALLA Jul 19, 2012 02:49am
actor like Rajesh Khanna is born out of multi millions what a great star many have learnt from his movies acting and his role.Allah may rest his soul in eternal peace.
balachandran Jul 19, 2012 02:50am
Death brings us together .greatly moved by the sentiments expressed by pakistani fans. born in Pakistan gone in mumbai. 70 s hindi pictures brought the family together to watch and hear the melodies. todays hindi pictures sent sonic booms to shatter the glass windows and heart with hip swinging dance numbers. that is the difference. so khanna is remembered by many pakistani's .
inder Jul 19, 2012 02:57am
Neil Jul 19, 2012 03:31am
RIP - you can light a virtual candle or send virtual flowers on the online memorial site for Rajesh -
Anup Jul 19, 2012 03:33am
Language, religion, country or any other parameter can not discriminate the love. In fact love is most fundamental parameter which can bring the human race together. Hats off to my Pakistani brothers, sisters and news papers like Dawn for giving such a overwhelming and public tribute to the romantic superstar from the subcontinent.
Indian Nostalgic Jul 19, 2012 03:43am
I really don't want to see the reference to the TV Havell ad in his biography. I felt pained to watch it and had to stop half way. I'd rather remember him from Anand. And I think he represented the secular side of the Indian film fraternity. He kept referencing humanity (Hindu Muslim Sikh Isaai) in his public utterances. And given how many other actors/actresses have not been so principled, I have respected Rajesh for it. He had a big ego which caused him heartbreak personally and professionally.
Guatam Rathod Jul 19, 2012 03:52am
I will miss you kaka but Aub Aise Kaka Nahi Dikhay Denge Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee .
Jawaid Islam Jul 19, 2012 04:09am
He of handsome looks and of the songs that he picturised...Anand is one of my favourite Kaka movies; 'itna tou yaad hai mujhe hoooo' my favourite song of Kaka; 'mere sapnon ki rani...' another hot favourite, kitna yaad karon, itna yaad hai mujhe. 'jai jai shiv shankar....'his jori with Mumtaz was the best on Indian cinema, 'karwatein badalte rhe, aap ki qasam...' , 'zindagi pyaar ka geet hai, issay har mor gaana paray ga, zindagi ghum ka saghar bhe hai, hans k uss paar jana paray ga...kitna yaad karon....
Sumit Jul 19, 2012 04:30am
True..I think this is one of the most popular dialogus of Kaka and it actually tells all of his fans....Guys...he use to hate tears...may his soul rest in peace...we will always remember him for his acting, style, dialogues and magical moments he gave to all of us via a his films....
Ahmed Sultan Jul 19, 2012 04:30am
Kaka made his death a celebration IN REEL LIFE, Let us Make It Same In REAL LIFE. zindagi BADI honi chahiye lambi nahi. RIP RAJESH KHANNA
Harsh gautam Jul 19, 2012 05:09am
"Maut aani hai aayegi ek din, Jaan jaani hai jayegi ek din, aisi baaton se kya Ghabrana , Yaha kal kya ho kisne jaan,....Zindagi ek safar hai suhana,.....RIP Kaka
Deb Jul 19, 2012 05:27am
Kaka in bengali also means uncle.
Sabyasachi Jul 19, 2012 05:27am
Great to see many of the Pakistani friends have posted such wonderful comments.....Truly class is recognized all across...May God rest his soul in peace
Kalyan Jul 19, 2012 05:33am
He was one of the finest stars of that time. Too many stars of Bollywood have died this last one year - Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor and now Rajesh Khanna. His two best movies were Anand and Safar-in both of which he died of blood cancer.
Deepak K Jul 19, 2012 06:01am
Filaal bhavnaon ko samjho bacche, vocabulary ke classes kabhi aur waqt dena :)
jayanth Jul 19, 2012 06:32am
what u said is right... :)
Agnostic Jul 19, 2012 06:54am
One of my most vivid childhoold memory is watching first Hindi movie in a theater back in 1981. We went to Goa for a trip from mumbai and saw Rajesh Khanna's movie "Fifty-Fifty" with all my classmates. We used to sing songs from that movie during lunch break after returning from the trip. Thank you "Kaka" for all the entertainement!! RIP.
Shrirang, Mumbai Jul 19, 2012 07:31am
Kaka also means Paternal uncle in Marathi.
aman Jul 19, 2012 07:33am
Rajesh ji like Dev, Shammi Kapoor, Kishor Kumar, Mahandi Hasan,Rahat Fateh, you are everlasting in our heart. Bahagwan apki atma ko shati dai
Sunny Jul 19, 2012 07:50am
Who are you to decide to who Anand owes it success?
Danny Jul 19, 2012 08:03am
Tam ji, Please learn to make difference between Pakistan and those who are enemies of Pakistan (such as Talibans and fundamental Muslims, Hafiz Saeed, Lal topic etc.). A great number of Pakistanis are not very different from you. We all are victim of terrorism, bad governance and lack of education. We love Indians.
abc Jul 19, 2012 08:04am
born in Amritsar, India. Anyway, good to see so many fans from pakistan
Ashish Mittal Jul 19, 2012 08:11am
His last words.. "time up ho gaya, pack up." shown that he was (is) really a superstar.
anad Jul 19, 2012 04:19pm
what an awesome actor he (Rajesh Khanna) was. Acting came naturally to him and melodius songs were filmed on him. He saw his rise in 70s and his stardom was short lived and he took it to heart it appears and took to drinking; somehow he reminds me of our own Waheed Murad who became a star in mid sixties (romantic song rendition was his forte as well, and he was a romantic too), had a short stardom, and then he became self destructive when could not be as successful, and was found dead age 45; Khanna died age 69 although he was not the same star in 1980s How sad, but history teaches us something
Cheena Khan Jul 19, 2012 06:24pm
Kaka, You will be missed and remembered forever.
tahir Jul 19, 2012 06:32pm
i m so sad
A Fan Jul 19, 2012 09:22pm
Thank you Dawn for your awesome tribute to Rajesh Khanna, our original Superstar! Thanks for the memories, RIP Rajesh Khanna!
sarmad Jul 20, 2012 02:11am
Sad thing about growing old is we see things falling apart which were once part of our lives. He was a fantasy hero of our age in the wonderful decade of 70’s. May his soul rest in peace!
aamadmi Jul 20, 2012 02:28am
Wel thought Well said
sri1ram Jul 20, 2012 03:42am
Point, that's why it was not a derisive comment, just a mild correction :-) Anyway, RIP Kaka, saw Anand even more emotionally on Sony Max yesterday. Just after "Kaheen door jab din dhal jaaye" he replies to Amitabh "Maaf karo Babumushai, par dukh baatne mein, mein thoda kanjoos hoon".
ismaeel khan Jul 20, 2012 05:54am
hassan Jul 20, 2012 06:32am
talat program was awesome.......
hassan Jul 20, 2012 06:19am
our media shows the death of Rajesh khana but even donot shows a single news about muslims Burma
Sayed Masood Jul 20, 2012 07:54am
One of the beauty about sub-continent is that despite of politicians who have been master of hatred, common people always felt connected through the common culture we all share and these artists has contributed greatly to bring people together. Just few days back when janab Mehdi hassan sahab passed away, there was so many fans in india who felt heart broken and now i can feel the same when Rajesh Khanna passed away. Rajesh Khanna was one of the best actor of Indian cinema and seeing so many comments from across the border doesn't surprise me. I think mission of these artists life is to make people smile and bring them together and they do that even after they are no more. RIP KAKA. You will always be remembered.
Ajay Nagar Jul 23, 2012 02:13am
Thank you Dawn for keeping Rajesh's memories alive. I have been mourning my favorite star's passing all weekend and reading up on every article I could on the web to revive those fond mere sapno ki rani and pyar deewana memories. I was overwhelmed to learn that the TV and newspaper media in Pakistan have given Rajesh such a tribute and coverage befitting one and the only superstar. I have never been to India and I was 10 when I started seeing Aradhana, Kati Patang and slew of this great movies in Tanzania. I now live in the US. To me he combined innocence, humility and true heart-touching acting that has not been since seen in any other actors. As he had said in a recent interview, he is saddened that films these days are based on synthetic and western platforms. Rajesh's movies reminded us of love and romance that existed in our ordinary lives. In each one of us, he reminded us of something about ourselves. Rajesh - you have given us many reasons to live over the years, and to sing those beautiful love-filled, heart-piercing songs. May God grant you a very special place in his abode.