The life of first SuperStar of Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna has come to an end on Wednesday after a prolonged illness at an age of 69. Kaka, as he was popularly known enjoyed a rare status of glory and stardom in seventies. The last appearance of him in front of the camera was for an advertisement of a fan.
The two films - ''Aradhana'' and ''Do Raaste'' in 1969 were the spring board for catapulting him to heights of fame. Hindi film's first superstar was born with the mega hit success of these two films. His famous crooked smile and head tilt sparked hysteria amongst his legions of women fans. He had that unique way of delivering a dialogue, unique dance style and crinkling his eyes for which cine audience went mad from ''Aradhana'' in 1969 to ''Prem Kahani'' in 1975 till Amitabh changed the mood post “Zanzir”.
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His real life was no different from the celluloid screen play. Born on Dec 29, 1942 in Amritsar. He was adopted and raised as Jatin Arora by foster parents. In 1965, he won the All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare. The journey to filmdom started next year with his debut in ''Aakhri Khat'' directed by Chetan Anand.
In his four-decade career, he appeared in about 163 films, of which 106 had him as the solo lead hero and 22 were two hero projects. He set a rare record of giving 15 silver jubilee hits in a row which is unbroken till now. Silver Jubilee hit meant running of film in theatre for 25 weeks continuously.
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