Rajesh Khanna was an Indian Hindi film actor. In a career spanning nearly four decades Rajesh appeared in 180 films (163 movies and 17 short films) and played the solo lead hero in 106 films has acted in only 22 two hero films – Checkout his biography, filmoraphy, awards and photos below.
Rajesh was always interested in becoming an actor and actively took part in inter-college dramas and theatre festivals. As he began his struggle in Bollywood, one of his uncles suggested that he change his name from Jatin to Rajesh. The name change proved to be very fruitful for him.
In 1965, United Producers and Filmfare announced the All India Talent Contest. Rajesh Khanna was one of the eight finalists shortlisted from over 10,000 contestants and he was ultimately crowned the winner. The prize was a debut in two films, Aakhri Khat directed by Chetan Anand and Raaz directed by Ravindra Dave. The movies didn’t exactly set the box office on fire but he got noticed and biggies like Nasir Hussain and GP Sippy soon signed him on for their movies. His work in Baharon Ke Sapne, Aurat, Khamoshi and Ittefaq further boosted his standing in the industry.
Between the years 1969 and 1972, Rajesh Khanna achieved unprecedented success – a record 15 consecutive hits. In fact, his accomplishments set new benchmarks for superstardom in Bollywood. But his fall was as dramatic as his rise and this is what makes the story of this megastar so fascinating.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Khanna fell in love with the then fashion designer and actress Anju Mahendru. They were in the relationship for seven years. Mahendru states that the couple did not speak to each other for 17 years after the breakup. Later Khanna married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, six months before Dimple’s debut film Bobby released and has two daughters from the marriage. Khanna and Dimple Kapadia separated in 1984 as his schedule kept him away much of the time and Dimple became interested in pursuing an acting career, and thereafter lived separately, but did not complete the divorce proceedings. In the eighties Tina Munim was romantically involved with Khanna till the time she decided to leave the industry to pursue her higher studies. Years of separation brought about mutual understanding between Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia. Reporter Dinesh Raheja stated that “the bitterness between Rajesh and Dimple washed away”, noting that they are seen together at parties and that Dimple campaigned for Khanna’s election and also worked in his film Jai Shiv Shankar. Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna, an interior decorator and a former film actress, is married to actor Akshay Kumar while their younger daughter Rinke Khanna, also a former Hindi film actress, is married to a London-based investment banker Samir Saran.
List of awards and nominations received by Rajesh Khanna
Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards
Rajesh Khanna has been nominated for Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards Best Actor for the maximum number of times -
25 times (a record) and won 4 of them.
Pride of the Film Industry Award
Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Award
Tamil Cine World Award
International Pune Film Festival Award
2010 Life Time Achievement Award
Zee Cine Awards
Sansui Film Awards
All India Critics Association Award
Kala Ratna Awards
In 1995 Rajesh Khanna was honoured with the Kala Ratna Award by Punjabi Kala Sangam at Delhi by the then Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh.