Rajesh Khanna’s top five movies
Here is our celebration of B'wood's first superstar's enduring cinematic legacy...
They don’t make men like him anymore. In the annals of Bollywood history, the word ‘superstar’ is synonymous with Rajesh Khanna. In the 60s, his mere name spelt frenzy. He could make girls go wild with just a wave or a slight tilt of the head. Indeed, no superstar in Bollywood – not the famed Dilip Kumar-Raj Kapoor-Dev Anand trio of the 50s or Amitabh Bachchan of the 80s or the Khans of the 90s – could match the hysteria that Rajesh Khanna generated in his heydays. Young girls writing to him in blood, his house being thronged by thousands of fans, his presence ensuring ‘housefull’ boards every Friday…. these stores have become part of urban cinematic legend. Alas, the other side was equally dramatic. Tales of his arrogance, his ego, his bitter rivalry with Amitabh Bachchan, his numerous idiosyncrasies, his tumultuous affairs and marriage woes and his subsequent downfall make his real life equally fascinating as his reel one. While it would be impossible to enumerate all that Rajesh Khanna was famous and infamous for, one thing is sure – his legacy will continue to shine through his films. Just like Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Bhupen Hazarika and Dara Singh – luminaries who passed away over the last few months – Rajesh will be cherished by his legions of fans. We pick five films from his impressive repertoire (a tough task indeed!) that made him the megastar that he was. Do you have them on your classic DVD list yet?
Anand (1971) Co-star: Amitabh Bahchan Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee