Rajesh Khanna , a living legend, passed away today. It is the end of an era.
He was India's ONLY megastar--the phenomenon.
Amitabh Bachchan can never surpass him.
He was lead man in 128 movies, with 15 consecutive super-hits, which is a record which is hard to beat.. He captivated with soft dialogue delivery.
He was the charmer, with a trademark disarming smile--the quintessential romantic. Girls would swoon in a heap on just seeing him.
Old women would turn mushy -- such was his appeal as the ultimate "desi lover", soft-- caring- tender-- sensitive--
Girls married his photos and put blood as sindhur.
His car used to be covered with lip-stick marks.
Girls proposed to him by writing passionate letters in blood.
He was the only Bollywood star who could generate frenzy and mass hysteria. Nothing was stage managed as is usual nowadays.
Kids adored their Haathi mere Saathi uncle. Even today the oldies get goose bumps when they hear the song " roop tera mastana "of Aradhana ( with Sharmila in wet clothes in front of the fire )
From 1969 to 1971, it was a one horse race in Bollywood. Who could race against King Midas?
He was NOT a star son. He had NO god mother like Indira Gandhi , who wrote a recommendation letter for Amitabh Bachchan.
Can there be another, ever again?
When I was in school, plain guys wore his guru shirts and kurta, sported his hair style and they got the best lookin' gals.
ENJOY one of his songs from the 1971 movie Anand.
Here he is dying from blood cancer, yet cheerful.
What's life, its but a puzzle
it makes you laugh and then it makes you cry
Oh heart, keep dreamin', -- don't wake up
follow my dreams
when my dream goes beyond dreams , where do I go?
Ye, who organised melas here
who shared happy times and sad times too
Ye who choose to be silent
where will you go?
Tina Munim could NOT marry him, as his first wife Dimple who married him in haste at the age of 16, (above ) would NOT divorce him.
Dimple left him to pursue here own Bollywood career. Estranged wife Dimple was at his bedside when he died--she did take care of him during his final bed ridden days.
Tina Munim after waiting enough, then married Anil Ambani of Reliance , one of this planets richest men. She used to share Rajesh Khanna's toothbrush, when they lived together from 1981 to 1987.
Wonder how she feels today.
RIP Kaka, your music stopped today-- the melody will linger forever!
far away, the day is over
dusk creeps in like a shy bride
in my garden of thoughts
someone lights my lamp of dreams
Often the breath gets heavy
eyes well with tears for no reason
someone unseen touches me
far away, the day is over--
The era of the "angry young man" arrived , when "the king of romance" Rajesh Khanna refused the lead role in Dewaar, unless some changes were introduced.
Amitabh Bachchan was taken instead.
Rest is history.
CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL