Absent from the body,
Now present with the Lord,
Dust returns to Earth,
Spirit goes to God.
Popularly called “Kaka” by his fans, the actor Rajesh Khanna won a host of film industry awards during his long and illustrious career spanning four decades… although he was only recently seen in his first and the last television commercial.
Bollywood’s original superstar Rajesh Khanna, who charmed his way into the hearts of millions of swooning women in the 1960s and 70s, died in Mumbai on Wednesday.
The 69-year-old Khanna, who shot to superstardom with the 1969 hit─ Aradhana ─ opposite Sharmila Tagore, passed away at his home a day after being discharged from the hospital. He had been ailing since April.
He leaves behind an epic legacy of films… films that make us cry, songs that we still hum today and will continue singing as long as we cherish the cinematic moments we shared with him on the silver screen.
During the height of his popularity, there were reports of female fans getting married to his life size photographs. The mega star had humble beginnings in Amritsar, India. He was born as Jatin Khanna on Dec 29, 1942… and was adopted and raised by foster parents. He went from being Jatin to Rajesh, thanks to his uncle who changed his name, when Jatin decided to join the film industry. In 1965, the journey to filmdom started after he won the All India Talent Contest organized by United Producers and Filmfare. He made his debut with “Aakhri Khat” in 1966.
Rajesh Khanna was recently seen in his first television ad for Havells fans, which also was his last appearance on screen.
The Havells fans commercial from their campaign ‘Fans are forever’ featured the 69-year-old actor going down the memory lane, remembering how his fans used to follow him everywhere when he was a superstar. The ad features a young and handsome Rajesh Khanna being mobbed by frantic female fans… and continues with the classy older version of himself surrounded by Havells fans.
Rajesh ends the ad with the dialogue “…., mere fans mujhse koi nahi chheen sakta.”
True to his last words in public, even after his death, fans will always fondly remember him as Bollywood’s “first superstar”.
We join hands with the millions who wish Rajesh Khanna good bye and peace…
“It’s well known that power of prayer can heal… so we join hands, just a few or many, to wish you peace and a good bye.”
Our sympathy and heart felt condolences go to the grieving family…
Life is a journey and we all travel alone with encounters with many fellow travelers. It’s the harmony and unconditional love we hope for in all our encounters. For harmony to exist and unconditional love to grow; we must recognize that…
“For everything in this journey of life, there is a right wing and a left wing: for the wing of love there is anger; for the wing of destiny there is fear; for the wing of pain there is healing; for the wing of hurt there is forgiveness; for the wing of pride there is humility; for the wing of giving there is taking; for the wing of tears there is joy; for the wing of rejection there is acceptance; for the wing of judgment there is grace; for the wing of letting go there is the wing of keeping.”
It has been a fabulous journey so far [for all of us] and [sometimes] by letting go─ things, people, power, and places─ we still get to keep the memory in harmony… and find happiness in our unconditional love.
Rajesh, our love for you is unconditional and we’ll remember you for a long time to come.
Producer CEO – RKNet Studios
Producer – Romantic Thriller ‘Pyar Mein Kyun’
Based on and excerpts from media, blogs and sponsored research articles.