Inka Hindi Cinema Ka ‘Safar’ ‘Anand’ Jaise Kai Yaadgaar Filmon Se Bhara Hai! Remembering The First Superstar Of Indian Cinema “Rajesh Khanna” On His 8th Death Anniversary
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Rajesh Khanna, born Jatin Khanna; 29 December 1942 – 18 July 2012) was an Indian actor, film producer and politician who is best known for his work in the Hindi cinema. He is referred to as the “First Superstar” of Indian cinema. He starred in 15 consecutive solo hit films from 1969 to 1971, a record unbroken. He was also one of the most successful actors in the history of Indian Cinema.
He did 106 solo hero films of which 97 were released between 1967 and 2013. He acted in only 22 films with multi-star cast. 82 of the 127 films with Rajesh Khanna as the lead protagonist (of them 117 released and 11 unreleased) were critically acclaimed films with ratings above 4 stars out of 5 by film reviewers of various newspapers of that time unanimously.
He made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat which was also India’s first official Oscar Entry in 1967. During his career he appeared in more than 168 feature films and 12 short films. He received the Filmfare Best Actor Award three times and the BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) four times. In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for completing 26 years in the Hindi cinema and in 2005, he was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award on the 50th Anniversary of the Filmfare Awards. He was the highest paid Indian actor from 1970 to 1987 whereas Amitabh Bachchan shared the same tag with Rajesh Khanna from 1980 to 1987.