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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood actor, once the heartthrob of millions, 'the Superstar' dies

Bollywood's original superstar Rajesh Khanna, who charmed his way into the hearts of millions of swooning women in the 1960s and 70s, died on Wednesday.

69-year-old Khanna, who shot to superstardom with the 1969 hit 'Aradhana' opposite Sharmila Tagore, passed away at his home, two days after being discharged from Lilavati hospital. He had been ailing since April. 
 Though a romantic hero, Rajesh Khanna essayed a variety of roles with ease in his illustrious career spanning four decades. His portrayal as a cancer patient in the Hrishikesh Mukherjee-film 'Anand'(1971) in which he got the better of Amitabh Bachchan left many teary eyed.

Nicknamed “Kaka” by his adoring fans, he is survived by estranged actress wife Dimple Kapadia and daughters Twinkle and Rinkie, all of whom were by his side when his end came.

Rajesh Khanna's family as also Lilavati Hospital authorities were tightlipped about the nature of the actor's illness.

“We cannot tell you about the nature of Khanna's illness....Please get in touch with his family,” a spokesman for Lilawati who identified himself only as Dr Trivedi said.

According to sources close to the family, the cremation will take place tomorrow.

Vijay, a close friend of Rajesh Khanna who had been interacting with the media since his illness, said, “Kaka's food intake had gone down over the last few days making him very weak.”

The news of Rajesh Khanna's death this afternoon spread like wildfire and hundreds of teary-eyed fans descended at his bungalow 'Ashirwad' in Bandra.

“My father-in-law Rajesh Khanna is no more. He has gone to a nice and heavenly place. I am happy that he has gone there and hope that everyone will pray for him,” his actor son-in-law Akshay Kumar told waiting reporters and fans outside 'Ashirwad'.

Several Bollywood celebrities including actors Rishi Kapoor, Prem Chopra and film maker Sahid Khan visited Khanna's home to pay homage to the actor.

1 comment:

Rahul said...

Rajesh Khanna is still a legend. There can never be another like him. Film music and romance will always be associated with Rajesh Khanna. He will be missed for a very long time.

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