Superstar of the 1970s, Rajesh Khanna's real name is Jatin. He won an All India Talent Contest and entered Bollywood in 1966, but it was the film Aradhana opposite Sharmila Tagore that brought him stardom.
Between 1969 and 1974, he delivered 15 consecutive hits and became a rage. Young Indian women were besotted with him and his mannerisms, and the tales about his fan following are legendary.
In the mid-1970s as Bollywood moved away from romantic films to action, Rakesh Khanna's popularity began to decline. Subsequently he was seen in several family dramas.
In early 1990s he quit acting and entered politics.
Rajesh Khanna was said to be involved with Anju Mahendru, but married actress Dimple Kapadia when she was just 16. They have two daughters, Twinkle and Rinkie. Rajesh and Dimple separated in 1984, following which he dated actress Tina Munim.