It was sad to not see our dearest Babu moshai on the silver screen one last time as director Ashok Tyagi's plans to release Riyasat on Kaka’s birth anniversary went awry, as there were no takers for his project. But we don't think Khanna’s loyal fans were really perturbed; like us, they probably know that Riyasat isn’t a remarkable film and wouldn’t have captured their favourite superstar in his best form. Instead, they would prefer watching some of his classic films like Aradhana, Khamoshi, Do Raaste, Safar, Kati Patang, Sachcha Jhoota, Anand, Amar Prem, Daag, Avatar, Swarg and Bawarchi, among others. As an actor, Rajesh Khanna showed brilliance in these films and Hindi cinema-goers responded with wild adulation and celebrated his superstardom.
In Aradhana, for instance, although Sharmila Tagore had an author-backed role in the sentimental saga, Rajesh smiled his way into hearts with his deliciously charming double role as a pilot father and his son. Raj Khosla’s social drama Do Raaste became known for the effortless chemistry between Khanna and Mumtaz. Before Anand, Rajesh Khanna delivered a memorable act as a dying man in Asit Sen’s Safar, co-starring Sharmila and Feroz Khan. The late superstar immortalised himself with his career-best performance in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Anand, a film that celebrated the essence of life and the inevitability of death. In Shakti Samanta's Amar Prem, the Khanna-Sharmila chemistry and RD Burman’s magnificent soundtrack worked big time with audiences. Yash Chopra's bold take on marital relationships in Daag was ahead of its time. Even Mohan Kumar’s Avataar alongside Shabana Azmi works primarily for Kaka’s acting prowess, with the star resolutely fighting for the cause of senior citizens.
These films and many others made him a legend that no Hindi movie buff will ever forget.
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