Rajesh Khanna’s first death anniversary: Remembering India’s first superstar

One year ago the nation mourned the loss of India’s iconic actor Rajesh Khanna. Today we remember the phenomenon and his magic

His irresistibly youthful charm, lopsided grin and unmatchable style made Rajesh Khanna the most romantic actor in Indian cinema in the 70s. His acting skills and iconic status as a star captured the country’s collective imagination. The frenzy and hysteria Rajesh Khanna generated in his prime was beyond words. But it came to an end when the silver screen sensation breathed his last on this day last year. He was 69.

Khanna played a variety of roles and was part of numerous gems over three magical decades. Apart from being a performer par excellence he was also a true musical sensation – most of the iconic songs of the ’70s and the ’80s were picturised on him. From the melancholic Kuch to log kahenge (Amar Prem) and Zindagi ke safar mein (Aap Ki Kasam), to the romantic Yeh shaam mastani and O mere dil ke chain (Mere Jeevan Saathi) and the energetic Duniya me logon ko (Desh Premi) and Aaj na chodenge bas hamjoli (Kati Patang)…the list is endless! It is through his movies and songs that he is still alive for millions of Indians even today.

When he bid adieu to the world last year, biggies from B-town and fans from all over the world gathered to mourn the death of India’s first real superstar. With him on his last journey were his estranged wife Dimple Kapadia, who took care of him in his last days, his younger daughter Rinke and son-in-law actor Akshay Kumar, who is married to Khanna’s elder daughter Twinkle.

Even after Khanna’s death, the controversy over his property made headlines. The actor’s complicated association with Anita Advani and his estranged wife Dimple caused disputes over the superstar’s property, including his palatial house (Aashirwad) in Mumbai. A year later, the two have reportedly managed to resolve the issue amicably with an out-of-court settlement.

We at BollywoodLife salute Rajesh Khanna – the charmer, the super sensation, the fine performer – on his first death anniversary. Send your messages in memory of India’s first superstar….