India's First Superstar
By MovieTalkies.com, 18 July 2012
Known as the First Superstar of Indian cinema, Rajesh Khanna needs no introduction as such. Affectionately known as Kaka, Rajesh Khanna was known to have caused mass hysteria among his female fans in his heydays, many of whom wrote him letters written in blood and also married his photographs.
Born in Amristar, Rajesh Khanna completed his education in Mumbai and appeared at the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare, where he was one of the eight finalists selected from more than ten thousand contestants.
Khanna made his film debut with Aakhri Khat, which was directed by Chetan Anand. Following this, Rajesh Khanna went on to act in many movies and got noticed for his roles in movies like Aurat, Doli, Ittefaq and Aradhana, in which he played a double role. It was with Aradhana, in which he played a pilot that he rose to 'instant national fame' and film critics referred to him as the first superstar of India.
Known for his trademark dialogue delivery and the half smile accompanied by the slight tilting of the head, which drove millions of fans crazy, Rajesh Khanna appeared in many hit movies like Anand, Namak Haram, Roti, Amar Prem, Daag, Bawarchi, Haathi Mere Saathi and many others.