Rajesh Khanna: B-towners tweet final adieu

Wed, July 18, 2012 4:38pm UTC by 6 Comments
Rajesh Khanna: B-towners tweet final adieu

The first superstar of Bollywood passed away, and his peers mourned his demise on Twitter. Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Karan Johar are some of the celebs who tweeted condolence messages

Rajesh Khanna was the discovery of an all-India talent contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare. He heralded the concept of superstars in Bollywood. With the success of Aradhana, he shot to “instant national fame” and film critics referred to him as the first superstar of India. During the peak of his career he would be mobbed during public appearances. Fans kissed his car, which would be covered with lipstick marks, and lined the road, cheering and chanting his name. Female fans sent him letters written in their blood. Veteran film critic Monojit Lahiri remembers “Girls married themselves to photographs of Rajesh Khanna, cutting their fingers and applying the blood as sindoor. Rajesh was God, there has never been such hysteria.”Rajesh Khanna had fifteen consecutive solo superhits from 1969-1972; which is still an unbroken record in Indian film history.

For some he defined romance on screen, for some his heart-warming performances brought tears, and for a whole lot of Bollywood celebrities Rajesh Khanna, Hindi cinema’s “first superstar”, was the “phenomenon” whose “magic” will live on forever through his memorable films, dialogues and songs. Young as well as veteran celebrities of all age groups remembered Rajesh Khanna, fondly called Kaka, who passed away in Mumbai Wednesday following prolonged illness. Many of them took to Twitter to share their experiences and thoughts about the 69-year-old, who delivered hits like AnandKati Patang and Aradhana among about 160 films that he featured in. Here’s what the celebrities had to say:

Shahrukh Khan: To live with intention & walk to the edge. Play with abandon, choose with no regret. Smile & made us do the same.Sir,u defined our era.RIP

Madhuri Dixit-Nene: Another of Hindi cinema’s giants passes, Rajesh Khanna. Our sincere condolences to his family. We will miss him dearly.

Shilpa Shetty: Just heard the sad news. Heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family to cope with this irreparable loss. R.I.P Rajesh Khanna, a superstar always.

Karan Johar: The magic, the mannerism, the mania of RAJESH KHANNA is inscribed in every archive of Indian cinema…forever…RIP SIR!!!

Shekhar Kapur: 2 young.2 early.Tragic. #RIPRajeshKhanna. A candle that burned brighter than any star for 2 short a time

Shahid Kapoor: RIP to the 1st king of romance …… Rajesh khanna ……

Rituparno Ghosh: You were the first to combine heroism and humanity in Hindi films. You were the Cupid who taught us romance. In a dhoti and kurta, you showed the rest of India how truly elegant Bengal was. Without you the screen will be robbed of much of its silver.

Kunal Kohli: The word superstar was used first for Rajesh Khanna. His style. His ada. His charm. His smile. His songs. His films. He. Will always live on.

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

Neha Dhupia: RIP Rajesh khanna Saab … U , ur stardom, ur magic will live forever!

Dia Mirza: “Babumoshai eto bhalo bhasha bhalo na…”Anand, Kati Patang, Bawarchi and many more… What a legacy you’ve left behind. RIP Rajesh Khannaji

Bipasha Basu: Loss of a Superstar!Iconic Actor!RIP Rajesh Khanna!

Raima Sen: AAPKE FANS HAMESHA AAPKE RAHENGE’ RIP RAJESH KHANNA first superstar of indian cinema.”True

Arshad Warsi: RIP KAKA…. God bless n have mercy on his soul….

Farah Khan: Just hrd the saddest news.the 1st Superstar of india is no more.bt the legend that was Rajesh khanna will live eternally thru his films.

Tusshar Kapoor: Rajesh Khanna ji, our 1st superstar is no more! I worked with him in kyaa dil ne kaha & learnt a lot just talking to him! May his soul RIP!

Anupam Kher: Rajesh Khanna gave us a crash course in romance. He introduced us to a special twinkle in the eyeS that made us feel good about ourselves. Rajesh Khanna taught us how to smile. He added dignity to our concept of Romance. His songs made us forget our daily struggles of life. Rajesh Khanna was larger than life. He was a King who gave Indian Cinema glamour, style, and substance. We will Miss you Sir. RIP.

Prateik: Zindagi ka safar, hai yeh kaisa safar, koi samjha nahi.. – aap shayad samajh gaye. RIP Rajesh Khanna Sahab… upar Smita se zaroor milna (Do meet Smita Patil up there).

Madhur Bhandarkar: The epitome of superstardom is no more amongst us. There was none, there is none and there won’t be any like you Kakaji. You will be missed.

Siddharth: Superstar Rajesh Khanna has left us:( so many films, songs and memories…r.i.p sir.

Rahul Bose: RIP Rajesh Khanna. The Phenomenon. Thank you for the magic.

Vishal Dadlani: Hoping that the news of Rajesh Khanna’s passing is another hoax. If it’s true, we’ve lost India’s first PHENOMENON, a true megastar! Rajesh Khanna inaugurated a park in Khar, in the 1970s. It’s still called RAJESH KHANNA GARDEN! Always will be! Official name became irrelevant!

Ken Ghosh: RIP Rajesh Khanna – my first memory of a film theatre was weeping while watching “Haathi Mere Saathi”.

Tusshar Kapoor: Rajesh Khannaji, our first superstar is no more! I worked with him in ‘Kyaa Dil Ne Kaha’ & learnt a lot just talking to him! May his soul RIP!

Shreyas Talpade: My first film that I saw on a VCR was ‘Aradhana’. Zindagi kaisi hai paheli haaye, kabhi ye hasaye kabhi ye rulaye. RIP our very dear ‘ANAND’

Divya Dutta: RIP Rajesh Khanna! The very endearing superstar of Indian cinema who brought romance a new meaning on screen! You’ll be terribly missed Kakaji.

Dia Mirza: “Babumoshai eto bhalo bhasha bhalo na…”… “Anand”, “Kati Patang”, “Bawarchi” and many more… What a legacy you’ve left behind. RIP Rajesh Khannaji.

Pooja Bedi: Deeply saddened to know Rajesh Khanna is no more with us on this planet! Wish the family and all his ardent fans strength!

Manoj Bajpayee: Nafrat ki duniya ko chod ke pyar ki duniya me khush rahena mere yaar!Still remember “Haathi Mere Saathi”. Saw it as a child. We will miss you sir.

Kaka, as he is fondly called, is survived by his wife Dimple Kapadia, daughters Twinkle and Rinke Khanna. It is a great loss to Bollywood but let us not cry – he hates tears. We hope his noble soul rests in peace.

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  • nylha

    CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY,I REMEMBER MY LATE FATHER SHOWING ME A MOVIE WITH RAJESH KHANNA THE MOVIE ARADHANA

    • pipatel

      my super star rajesh khanna i miss yoy
      from jhagadia dist bharuch

      • paresh i patel rb patel

        god bless you aapki atama ko me shanti mele me doua karata hu from jhagadia dist bharuch all family tata p patel jignesh patel maheshbhai patel herin patel varsha patel all family

  • RAJ

    Rajesh Khanna ji you was great, very talented actor, charmig personality we miss you, we love you, i never met you but today when i heard the news i felt like koi apna chod ke gaya hey we miss you R.I.P.

  • saira rajput

    Rajesh khanna sahab is legend and film ind…first super star.hum un ke bare mein aapne badu se sunte the.our khud bhi hum ne unhe dekha hai.he is real super star.mere Ammi ke favorite hero.my late mother say every time dheko un ke face per ketna noor hai kitni masoomeat hai ya sab dosro ke paas kaha.khoosh megaz our be baak Rajesh khanna sahab hamesha humari yado mein raheinge i love him.our jab tak zindagi rahegi main un se payrr karti rahaungi.GOD UN KI ATMA KO SHANTI DE.

  • V Manohar

    Dear friends All fans of KAKA, we have a special information for you some thing to be very proud about type the name Rajesh Khanna in google and just see the number of links which appear – 5 CRORES 88 LAKHS and continously increasing , second only to Salman Khan who has 6 .5 Crores , Amitabh Bachchan has 4.50 Crores , Shaharukh 3.20 Crores , Aamir 4.50 Crores , Dev Anand – 45 lakhs , Shammi Kapoor 33 lakhs , Shashi Kapoor 33 lakhs , Dilip Kumar 46 lakhs , Raj Kapoor 55 lakhs, Dharmendra 66 lakhs , Hrithik Roshan 1.50 Crores . And at the pace its increasing he may overtake Salman too , in the morining when i saw it was 5.20 Crores its now close to 6. Now its responsibility of the fans of Rajesh Khanna and the media to highlight this … The Tiger roars again

    Now the whole world has come to know the real and true Super Star Rajesh Khanna of Indian Cinema. No actor can even match that Talent. My Salute to the one and only King of Romance. Even though there were few good actors from Bollywood. Now thinking back. We truly feel no one had the edge like Rajesh Khanna. May God bless his soul. He is true and complete actor. It seems acting comes naturally for him. Such a rare talent.


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