The King of Romance is No More!

The King of Romance is No More!

The fans of Indian cinema across the world were dealt a huge blow on 18th July 2012 … everybody’s favorite Rajesh Khanna had passed away after prolonged illness. The actor was not just the first superstar of Indian cinema but had a style of his own, which has neither been matched, nor would ever be equally.


Born Jatin Khanna on 29th December 1942, Rajesh shot to stardom in the late 1960s and remained at the top in the 70s. He was not only the original ‘superstar’ of the Indian cinema but, according to legendary singer Asha Bhonsle, he also the ‘fantasy’ of most of the girls in those days. Rajesh made his debut with ‘Aakhri Khat’ in 1966, but he had to win an All India talent hunt contest before that, to prove his mettle.


After a couple of hits including Raaz and Ittefaq, Rajesh Khanna did Araadhna which launched him to superstardom. His rise was aided by the vocals of Kishore Kumar as well as the compositions of Rahul Dev ‘RD’ Burman, both of whom were also struggling at that time. The trio not only managed to mesmerize the audience but it was their charisma that saw Rajesh Khanna deliver 15 consecutive solo hits, something no other actor has managed to achieve since.


Be it the portrayal of a dying patient in Anand, the guest appearance as the happy-go-lucky guy in Andaaz, the chef in Bawarchi or the romantic hero in over 100 films, Rajesh was at ease in whatever character he played. He was nicknamed ‘Kaka’ by his fans who had seen him excel in movies like Aradhana, Haathi Mere Saathi, Anand, Amar Prem, Mehbooba, Kudrat and many others. His last successful film was Rishi Kapoor’s directorial debut Aa Ab Laut Chalein (1999) in which he played Akshay Khanna’s father who deserts him for greener pastures.


Rajesh Khanna’s career was aided by his twinkling eyes and smile which made him the first superstar of the Indian cinema. The decline of the troika of Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor also helped him carve a separate identity in Bollywood, whereas his ascent made stalwarts like Shammi Kapoor and Rajendra Kumar opt for character roles when they were in their prime.


Rajesh Khanna did charm his way into the hearts of millions but married ‘Bobby’ star Dimple Kapadia in 1973. Although they lived separately since 1984, they never divorced each other, and that’s why Dimple Kapadia was at his bedside when Rajesh Khanna breathed his last. He is survived by two daughters Twinkle and Rinkie, both of whom tried their hand at acing, but weren’t successful. Kaka won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards during his career and was nominated for the same on more than a dozen occasions. The vacuum left by his death will never be filled.

Omair Alavi

A member of the Geo News team and writing articles on sports and entertainment since 1995.

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  • Zebra

    This is what the life is. No matter who you are, what your rank is… you will die.
    After your demise it takes only couple of days for people to forget you and get back to what is “normal life”.

  • Shoaib

    Nobody Cares.

  • Junaid

    If you study his real life, you would notice that he was the most mentally unstable character. Instead of wasting time media should focus people’s attention towards good people who led their lives on true path.

  • Taj Ahmad

    It is the best time to do right thing in life and die with pride, Actor Rajesh Khanna
    was not only a good actor but also a good human being through out his life.
    To give respect to Rajesh Khanna, we all have to follow his foot steps during
    his 69 years of life in this world.
    God Bless Rajesh Khanna and give courage to his family members and
    million followers around the world.

    • Azim Naushad

      thanks Taj for being reasonable.
      did entire india not convey its loss over deaths of world famous artist Mehdi hasan

  • Rehan

    Great article :) wish this could put some sense in Talat Hussains mind who has been criticizing pakis for giving coverage to his death

    • Sohail

      There is no need to give him some advice. I guess you need advice. Do not close your eyes man just look around your own national hero. Do you have any idea about MM Alam ? How he has been living? Where is our nationals actors.? Do you give them any little importance to them? Answer is No. Coz you are the one who stab from the back.

  • umair

    so what we pakistanies have to do at his death ……. ok fine every body has to die but since 2 days he is all over pakistani media like if all the problems of pakistan have been solved and only this is the hot issue…. media should remain in its limits and show the news in limits ………. stop indianization through pro indian media …

  • Dr Imran Khan

    Aik DIn Bik Jaiya Ga Mati ke mol Jag me rah jaiyan ge piyra tere bol

  • Girish Tarwani

    You are . Rajesh played Muslim character in Mehboob Ki Mehandi. Rafi sung for him hit songs viz. Itna to yaad hai mujhe and yeh jo chilman hai. He also played guest appearance Pathan in Tinku. His debut film Raaz had hit Rafi song Akele Hain chale aao. Visit and you will get many Khanna movie songs sung by Rafi e.g. in Do Raaste, Aradhana, Aan Milo Sajana.