Amitabh Bachchan: The term ‘superstar’ was specially coined for Rajesh Khanna!

Amitabh Bachchan: The term ‘superstar’ was specially coined for Rajesh Khanna!
Yogen Shah

He is the living legend, megastar of Bollywood

Amitabh Bachchan has donned many titles from the beginning of his career, has won several awards. However, this living legend believes that he is no heir to the ‘superstar’ title. Big B in a recent interview said that only Rajesh Khanna, his Anand co-star owns this sought after title!

“The term ‘superstar’ was specially coined for him. He was its truest bearer, and shall ever remain so!”

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  • Pepe

    Of course! Rajesh Khanna was and will remain the ‘Superstar’ of Indian Cinema and there’s no one who’ll ever take that title away from him.
    I’ve been watching movies since the early 1960s and thousands of them.
    Other than Shammi Kapoor who was (is) my favourite actor I enjoyed watching Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand,Sunil Dutt, Dharmendra, Shashi Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Joy Mukherjee, Feroz Khan, Ashok Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar and others. I was amazed by their performances in those movies.
    Thereafter came the ‘PHENOMENON’ called RAJESH KHANNA. I’m from Mauritius and although everyone was talking so proud of him I was yet to watch a movie by him. Aradhana was the first and I was bowled over . What a performance ! What a style! What an actor! Everything in the movie was just too good! The songs were great and so was the music. Rajesh Khanna’s acting was out of this world. Kishore Kumar had made a comeback and what a comeback! From then onward, I told myself I cannot miss a single film starring Rajesh Khanna.
    Then came Ittefaq. I loved it. Then followed Doli, Bandhan, Do Raaste, Aakhri Khat, Raaz, Baharon Ke Sapne, Khamoshi, The Train, Saccha Jhutha, Safar, Kati Patang, Anand, Aan Milo Sajna, Andaz, Maryada,Hathi Mere Sathi,Amar Prem, Apna Desh, Mere Jeevan Sathi, Daag, Namak Halaal, Prem Nagar, Dushman, Daag, Ajnabee,Aap Ki Kasam, Roti, Maha Chor, Prem Kahani, Anurodh, Mehbooba … and the list goes on. I liked all of them.
    The experience of watching Rajesh Khanna’s movies throughout those years is too beautiful for me to describe in words.
    Although I rate Amitabh Bachchan as the greatest actor in world cinema yet the title of ‘ SUPERSTAR of Indian Cinema’ can only go to Rajesh Khanna.

    • Chris

      Rajesh Khanna will remain the biggest star to grace indian cinema!!
      No one will ever come close to the success he enjoyed and his record of 15 consecutive hits in a row!!
      Amitabh is a media made star but Rajesh Khanna became a superstar without the help of media! His fandom is unprecedented !!!!
      His movies have left a everlasting impact that will enthrall generations to come!! Whereas there is little to say about Amitabhs masala brain numbing movies !!!

      • sunil

        Rajesh khanna what an actor no body can t ouch that superstar

    • ravindra

      I fuuly agree with you except the last paragraph.I rate KAKA much more highly than any other actor of indian cinema, leave aside mr AB.The magic KAKA created, was through his unique capability to connect with the entire cinegoers, irrespective of age, sex, cast, region or religion.No other actor till date has that magical ability.As mr.AB tookover from KAKA,good roles stopped coming to him.The loss was not as much to the great KAKA, as to the entire good cinema lovers. Just imagine a few more movies like Anand, Safar,Bawarchi and Aaradhana and it would have enriched the Indian cinema immensely.Instead, what mr. AB gave to the indian cinema, were a very low value, garbage kind of movies in which there were no place for good music,family values and human relations.