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Hindi Medium goes tax free in Maharashtra and Gujarat

Irrfan Khan starrer Hindi Medium created quite a stir even before its release. The film, which is and produced by Dinesh Vijan and Bhushan Kumar, has now been declared tax free in Maharashtra and Gujarat. The well-received film has an...

 

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One of the largest necropolises in the world, with a diameter of approximately 8 kilometers, Makli Hill is supposed to be the burial place of some 125,000 Sufi saints. It is located on the outskirts of Thatta, the capital of lower Sind until the seventeenth century, in what is the southeastern province of present-day Pakistan. [1]

 

Legends abound about its inception, but it is generally believed that the cemetery grew around the shrine of the fourteenth-century Sufi, Hamad Jamali. The tombs and gravestones spread over the cemetery are material documents marking the social and political history of Sind.

 

Imperial mausoleums are divided into two major groups, those from the Samma (1352–1520) and Tarkhan (1556–1592) periods. The tomb of the Samma king, Jam Nizamuddin II (reigned 1461–1509), is an impressive square structure built of sandstone and decorated with floral and geometric medallions. Similar to this is the mausoleum of Isa Khan Tarkhan II (d. 1651), a two-story stone building with majestic cupolas and balconies. In contrast to the syncretic architecture of these two monuments, which integrate Hindu and Islamic motifs, are mausoleums that clearly show the Central Asian roots of the later dynasty. An example is the tomb of Jan Beg Tarkhan (d. 1600), a typical octagonal brick structure whose dome is covered in blue and turquoise glazed tiles. Today, Makli Hill is a United Nations World Heritage Site that is visited by both pilgrims and tourists.

 

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I am tagged !

 

I am tagged by this person : Prashant Kulli

So now be ready to read 15 things about me :).

 

Well , here it goes......

1. Who Am I

My name is Prashant and I like to be called by my name only. ;)

I live in Pune, India and I am a software engg by profession.

 

2. How Am I

Well i am the same as you can see me in this photograph. I am a fun loving chameleon.

I am witty, funny, and intelligent. I am a little short tempered too.

 

3. How Do I Look

I used to consider myself as as good looking till now, but now i have put on some extra kilos.:P

My friends say sometimes i look like Abhishek Bachhan. :D

 

4. Place I Love

I am mad about Sahyadri mountain ranges and konkan coastline (India)

I had this love for outing/trips and i slowly started framing the moments in my cam.

 

5. Photography

Photography for me is to capture the beauty of nature and the moments I lived.

No wonder if you find lotta landscapes in my stream ;)

 

6. Prashant the SInger

Apart from roaming/travelling/photography i do lotta things.Mentiong a few here.

I like singing which i havent learnt technically (Still performed 3 times on stage till date)

 

7. Me and Movies

I can never get bored of watching movies. I am an encyclopedia of Bollywood :)

My favorite actors/actresses are Amitabh Bacchhan, Abhishek Bachhan, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Kajol.

From hollywood i like Russel Crowe, Tom Cruise,Keanu Reeves and Angelina Jolie.

 

8. I like to play

I just love watching Cricket. I follow it religiouly.I used to play till i was in college.

Fav Players : Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram.

I am not bad at Chess as well. Playing cards is my fav pass time :)

 

9. Foooooooooood !!!

I just love different kinda food .Sometimes,I keep visitin places just for the taste.

I like sweets a lot. I am a pure NON vegeterian :D

 

10. Coooooooking !!!

I just not eat but Cook as well. Apart from basic snacks , I can cook chicken and fish quite well.

 

11. Friends

I am a social animal . I cant live alone. I always love to be surrounded by people.

I love my friends and i care for them. Darshi ,Ritesh and Pankaj are my best friends with whom i spend most of my time.

Thanks for being there mates. :)

 

12. People i don't like

Yeah. I hate people who are selfish.

Sometimes i also hate people who are too much practical when it comes to relation with me.

 

13. i should not do this

I like biting my nails. I have bad food habits. Eat a lot of junk food.

 

14. I wish to do...

I wish to become a technically proficient photographer. (Hope you guys will help me)

I also wanna learn to play guitar. I wanna travel all over India and also travel abroad if i get a chance.

 

15. Summary

At last what can i say about myself is "Its hard to improve perfection !!!".

In Hindi - "..... waise perfection ko improve karna mushkil hai..."

hehehe :D

 

(I am sure some people know from where i copied this quote)

 

Thanks for your patience while reading :)

It has been a great journey on flickr so far and I am glad to have you as friends/ contacts here.

Please keep your comments/favs/suggestions flowing in. That surely helps.

 

Keep Rockin and Clickin Friends ....

 

~Prashhant~

 

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For the first time got served at 'Madras Coffee House'. It may not offer you the sophistication of other leading Coffee joints but one cannot remain untouched by its simplicity and the old world charm.

 

About Madras Coffee House:

75 yrs behind it, Madras Coffee House guards legacy fiercely

Shreya Roy Chowdhury, TNN Mar 14, 2010, 03.38am IST

 

NEW DELHI: Volga, one of the oldest restaurant-bars of Connaught Place, downed its shutters last week. But Madras Coffee House, another CP landmark, turns 75 this year. The restaurant looks its age. As one of the last vestiges of 'Old CP', it's doggedly fighting all the forces conspiring to turn it into a burger-flipping, pizza-tossing fast-food joint.

 

But it's not off everyone's radar either. Shiney Ahuja's Vikram invites Chitrangada Singh's Gita to it in Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi and Irrfan Khan was there for a commercial. And old-timers still recall that everyone from Indira Gandhi to Dharmendra has tried its filter coffee.

(Source: articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-03-14/delhi/281...)

I so rarely get the chance to write this: here's a film that reminds me of Max Bygraves's 1970s chart classic, The Deck of Cards. This heartwarming monologue (originally recorded in the 40s) narrates the story of a humble soldier, hauled out of a church parade by a furious sergeant for playing cards. Before his disgusted commanding officer can send him to the glasshouse, this poor semi-literate squaddie explains that for him, the deck of cards is his Bible: the Ace is the one true God, the two is the Two Testaments, the three the Holy Trinity - and so on until the gruff CO, like Bygraves's entire listening public, is reduced to a quivering tearful jelly at this simple soldier's dignity and piety.

Something very similar happens in this wildly silly but perfectly watchable melodrama, adapted by screenwriter Simon Beaufoy from the 2005 novel Q&A by Vikas Swarup and directed by Danny Boyle. Despite being overpraised - it arrives garlanded with the kind of reviews that must have come out after the opening night of King Lear - this is still very effective entertainment.

 

The movie is about the Indian version of the hit TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Dev Patel plays Jamal Malik, a former Mumbai street-kid who has a job making tea at a call centre. He astonishes all of India by entering the show as a contestant and triumphantly getting question after question right. Is he a fraud? A savant genius? Or is something weird going on? His amazing winning streak means he has to come back the next evening for the final big-money question and overnight he is brutally interrogated by Mumbai cops convinced he is a cheat. They take him through each of the questions he got right, and Jamal's life story unfolds in flashback as our hero reveals that each question, like each of Max Bygraves's cards, has a special significance. His tale involves crime, drama, knockabout comedy and romance. Various characters determine his fate: his gangster brother Salim (Madhur Mittal), the love of his life Latika (Freida Pinto) and Prem (Anil Kapoor), the creepy quizmaster himself, who has his own interest in Jamal's staggering success.

This movie has interesting antecedents. It is not the first to be made about Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Patrice Leconte's 2006 film My Best Friend, starring Daniel Auteuil, features a nailbiting edition of the French version of Millionaire. Leconte's film, like Boyle's, culminates with a "phone a friend" showstopper and both cheekily suggest the show is transmitted live, when, in real life, it is of course recorded and edited well in advance, at least partly to weed out the cheats.

 

I have some knowledge of all this, incidentally. I was once the "friend" telephoned by a contestant on the show but at the crucial moment, my mobile phone was, shamingly, out of range. Chris Tarrant's face was reportedly a picture of polite bemusement as my voicemail message echoed pointlessly around the studio, before being smartly cut off and the contestant was permitted to phone another "friend". Naturally, hiccups like that don't make it on to air.

 

Slumdog Millionaire is co-produced by Celador Films, owners of the rights to the original TV show, and so it functions as a feature-length product placement for the programme, whose apotheosis here came when would-be cheat Major Charles Ingram tried to scam the quiz in 2001. All he got was a suspended sentence, a fine and minor celebrity status, and the show got mouthwatering publicity. In this film, poor Jamal is, simply on suspicion of wrongdoing, beaten to a pulp by the police and horribly tortured with electrodes - the nastiest interrogation scene I've watched for a while. But afterwards he makes it into the studio as fresh as a daisy. What the Mumbai police make of their unflattering portrayal, I can't imagine.

 

Despite the extravagant drama and some demonstrations of the savagery meted out to India's street children, this is a cheerfully undemanding and unreflective film with a vision of India that, if not touristy exactly, is certainly an outsider's view; it depends for its full enjoyment on not being taken too seriously.

 

Interestingly, the co-creator of Millionaire, Steven Knight, is himself a screenwriter who has scripted far more serious films than this: Stephen Frears's Dirty Pretty Things (also co-produced by Celador) and David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises. Slumdog Millionaire really is gentle compared with, say, Robert Redford's satire Quiz Show and softcore compared with Danny Boyle's famous movies, Trainspotting and Shallow Grave. In fact, it's more of a kids' yarn, like his wacky caper Millions.

 

Well, for all this, it's got punch and narrative pizzazz: a strong, clear, instantly graspable storyline that doesn't encumber itself with character complexity, and the cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle is tremendous. It's definitely got that quirky-underdog twinkle and the silverware glint of awards can't be far away.

 

A Fox Searchlight (in U.S.) release of a Fox Searchlight, Warner Bros. (U.S.)/Celador Films, Film 4 (U.K.) presentation. (International sales: Pathe Intl., London.) Produced by Christian Colson. Executive producers, Paul Smith, Tessa Ross. Co-producer, Paul Ritchie. Co-executive producers, Francois Ivernel, Cameron McCracken. Directed by Danny Boyle. Co-director (India), Loveleen Tandan. Screenplay, Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel "Q&A" by Vikas Swarup

 

Dev Patel... Jamal K. Malik

Saurabh Shukla... Sergeant Srinivas

Anil Kapoor... Prem

Raj Zutshi... Director

Jeneva Talwar... Vision Mixer

Freida Pinto... Latika

Irrfan Khan... Police Inspector

Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail... Youngest Salim

Ayush Mahesh Khedekar... Youngest Jamal

Hira Banjara... Airport Security Guard

Sheikh Wali... Airport Security Guard

Mahesh Manjrekar... Javed

Sanchita Choudhary... Jamal's Mother

Himanshu Tyagi... Mr Nanda

Sharib Hashmi... Prakash

 

Peter Bradshaw The Guardian 9 January 2009

  

‘Hindi Medium’, starring Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar has had an amazing two weeks at the box-office. The film that started off slow went on to collect an estimated Rs 17.75 crore nett in its second week, thus taking the film’s total to Rs 41 crore nett, according to a report on...

 

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Columbia Pictures announced today that the title of the next Spider-Man film will be The Amazing Spider-Man. The studio simultaneously released a photo of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, the first shot of Garfield in the famous full mask and suit (see attachment). The film, which is now in production and is being shot entirely in 3D, will be released on July 3, 2012. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the Marvel Entertainment production for Columbia Pictures. The executive producers are Stan Lee, Kevin Feige, and Michael Grillo.

Irrfan Khan, Puru Chhibber, Sheikh Annuddin, Noor Mani, Damayanti Marfatia, Sunita Sharma

 

Irrfan Khan in Columbia Pictures' "The Amazing Spider-Man," starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.

New Bollywood Promo Song

Jiya (Gunday)Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra

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Gunday is an upcoming Romantic Hindi film, written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra. The film will feature Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles. The shooting of the film was done in Kolkata and some parts at Durgapur. According to sources, the film's story is based on the lives of two small time thieves who later get involved in the coal mafia. The film will be released on 14 February, 2014.

 

Gunday Cast & Crew:

 

Banner

Yash Raj Films

 

Status

Under Production

 

Release Date

14 Feb 2014

 

Genre

Action, Romance

 

Producer

Aditya Chopra

 

Star Cast

Ranveer Singh

Arjun Kapoor

Priyanka Chopra

Irrfan Khan

Sushant Singh

 

Story / Writers

Ali Abbas Zafar

 

Background Music

Julius Packiam

 

Choreographers

Bosco Martis

Caesar Gonsalves

 

Costume Designers

Subarna Rai Chaudhuri

 

Executive Producer

Aashish Singh

 

Censor Details:

 

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Music Director

 

Sohail Sen

 

Color

C

Language

Hindi

Director

 

Ali Abbas Zafar

 

Lyricist

 

Irshad Kamil

 

Editor

 

Rameshwar S Bhagat

 

Cinematography

 

Aseem Mishra

 

Production Designers

 

Rajat Poddar

 

Action

 

Sham Kaushal

 

Shooting Location(City & Country)

Kolkata

India

 

Sound

Dileep Subramaniam

 

Music Company

YRF Music

 

Line Producer

Padam Bhushan

 

Casting Director

Shanoo Sharma

The Xpose (Trailer)

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The Xpose Cast & Crew:

 

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HR Musik

 

Status

Under Production

 

Release Date

23 May 2014

 

Star Cast

Himesh Reshammiya.... Ravi Kumar

Irrfan Khan.... Alec D'Costa

Zoya Afroz.... Chandni

Sonali Raut.... Zara

Yo Yo Honey Singh.... Kenny Damania

Adil Hussain.... Rajan Anna

 

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The Xpose (Trailer)

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The Xpose Cast & Crew:

 

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HR Musik

 

Status

Under Production

 

Release Date

23 May 2014

 

Star Cast

Himesh Reshammiya.... Ravi Kumar

Irrfan Khan.... Alec D'Costa

Zoya Afroz.... Chandni

Sonali Raut.... Zara

Yo Yo Honey Singh.... Kenny Damania

Adil Hussain.... Rajan Anna

 

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"Life of Pi" (2012) 127 min - Adventure | Drama | Fantasy ★ 8,1 | Age 12

 

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

 

Director: Ang Lee

Writers: Yann Martel (novel), David Magee (screenplay)

Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain

 

TRAILER

 

Annwn's Cinema

 

Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Tabu, Adril Hussain, Shravanthi Sainath, Ayush Tandon, Vibish Sivakumar, Gérard Depardieu

 

The Xpose (Trailer)

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The Xpose Cast & Crew:

 

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Status

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Release Date

23 May 2014

 

Star Cast

Himesh Reshammiya.... Ravi Kumar

Irrfan Khan.... Alec D'Costa

Zoya Afroz.... Chandni

Sonali Raut.... Zara

Yo Yo Honey Singh.... Kenny Damania

Adil Hussain.... Rajan Anna

 

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New Bollywood Movie Trailer

Gunday (Trailer) Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan

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Gunday is an upcoming Romantic Hindi film, written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra. The film will feature Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles. The shooting of the film was done in Kolkata and some parts at Durgapur. According to sources, the film's story is based on the lives of two small time thieves who later get involved in the coal mafia. The film will be released on 14 February, 2014.

 

Gunday Cast & Crew:

 

Banner

Yash Raj Films

 

Status

Under Production

 

Release Date

14 Feb 2014

 

Genre

Action, Romance

 

Producer

Aditya Chopra

 

Star Cast

Ranveer Singh

Arjun Kapoor

Priyanka Chopra

Irrfan Khan

Sushant Singh

 

Story / Writers

Ali Abbas Zafar

 

Background Music

Julius Packiam

 

Choreographers

Bosco Martis

Caesar Gonsalves

 

Costume Designers

Subarna Rai Chaudhuri

 

Executive Producer

Aashish Singh

 

Censor Details:

 

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Not Available.

 

Censor Certificate No

Not Available.

 

Runtime

Not Available.

 

Certification

Not Available.

 

Reels

Not Available.

 

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0.0

 

Music Director

 

Sohail Sen

 

Color

C

Language

Hindi

Director

 

Ali Abbas Zafar

 

Lyricist

 

Irshad Kamil

 

Editor

 

Rameshwar S Bhagat

 

Cinematography

 

Aseem Mishra

 

Production Designers

 

Rajat Poddar

 

Action

 

Sham Kaushal

 

Shooting Location(City & Country)

Kolkata

India

 

Sound

Dileep Subramaniam

 

Music Company

YRF Music

 

Line Producer

Padam Bhushan

 

Casting Director

Shanoo Sharma

 

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bafta award winner actor irrfan khan is a powerful actor who has changed the course of acting in bollywood in recent times, the mighty heart, namesake, slumdog millionaire, he is a favourite of all big film makers who make films in india..after struggling for 20 odd years now is the time where he can call his shots.

 

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Last I met Sir when Bala asked me to come to Lilavati Hospital 1103 and he called me close to him as he could barely talk and asked Mr Akshay Kumar to see that he too patronizes me.. and I burst into tears I was reprimanded by Dimpleji but poets have nothing but tears and so my claypot of a heart burst and now it is overflowing today I shall miss him and so will both my grand daughters Marziya Shakir 4 year old and Nerjis Asif Shakir 1 year old.

We will miss Ashirwad .. we will miss his Blessings..

May His Soul Rest In Peace.

Goodbye Sir...

 

From Wikipedia

 

Rajesh Khanna pronunciation (help·info); (born Jatin Khanna) ( 29 December 1942 - 18 July 2012) is an Indian actor of Hindi films,[1] who has also been a film producer and a politician.

  

He appeared in 163 feature films of which 128 as the lead protagonist including 106 as the solo lead hero films and 22 two hero projects and did 17 short films.[2] He won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same fourteen times. He received the maximum BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) – four times[3] and nominated 25 times. He was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Khanna is referred to as the "First Superstar" of Hindi cinema.[4][5][6][7] He made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat and rose to prominence with his performances in films like Raaz, Baharon Ke Sapne, Ittefaq and Aradhana'

 

Early life

 

Khanna was born in Amritsar on 29 December 1942. He was adopted and raised by foster parents who were relatives of his biological parents. Khanna lived in Thakurdwar near Girgaon. Khanna attended St. Sebastian’s Goan High School in Girgaum, along with his friend Ravi Kapoor, who later took the stage name Jeetendra. Their mothers were friends.[8] Khanna gradually started taking interest in theatre and did a lot of stage and theater plays in his school[9] and college days and won many prizes in the inter college drama competitions.[10] Khanna became a rare newcomer who struggled in his own MG sports car to get work in theatre and films in the early sixties.[11] Both friends later studied in Kishinchand Chellaram College(KC).[12] When Jeetendra went for his first film audition, it was Khanna who tutored him. Khanna's uncle changed Khanna's first name to Rajesh when Khanna decided to join films. His friends and his wife call him Kaka.[13]

[edit]Adult life

 

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Khanna fell in love with the then fashion designer and actress Anju Mahendru.[14] 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.[15] Later Khanna married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, six months before Dimple's debut film Bobby released[16] and has two daughters from the marriage.[17] 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,[18] and thereafter lived separately, but did not complete the divorce proceedings.[19] In the eighties Tina Munim was romantically involved with Khanna till the time she decided to leave the industry to pursue her higher studies.[20] Years of separation brought about mutual understanding between Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia.[15] 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.[21] Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna, an interior decorator and a former film actress, is married to actor Akshay Kumar[22] while their younger daughter Rinke Khanna, also a former Hindi film actress,[23] is married to a London-based investment banker Samir Saran.[24]

[edit]Early career (1966–1975)

 

Rajesh Khanna was one of eight finalists in the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare from more than ten thousand contestants.[25] Subsequently Khanna won the contest.[26] He made his film debut in the 1966 film Aakhri Khat directed by Chetan Anand, followed by Raaz directed by Ravindra Dave both of which were a part of his predetermined prize for winning the All-India United Producers’ Talent Competition.[27] G.P. Sippy and Nasir Hussain were the first to sign Rajesh Khanna after he won the contest.[28] Aakhri Khat was India’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 40th Oscar Academy Awards in 1967.[29] Khanna in an interview to Hindu newspaper said,"Though “Aakhri Khat” is my first film, I received my first break as a leading actor in Ravindra Dave's, “Raaz” in 1967. My heroine was Babita, already a popular actress then. Though I had lots of confidence, I was shy in facing the camera initially. In my first three shots, I had to perform with stress on my body language and dialogue delivery. Though I was right with my dialogues, my movements were not up to the mark. Ravindra Dave explained me my scenes and movements very clearly correcting my way of walking".[30] Being under contract with United Producers, he got projects like Aurat, Doli and Ittefaq.[31] He was then noticed for his performances in films like Baharon Ke Sapne, Aurat (1967), Doli, Aradhana and Ittefaq. Later Waheeda Rehman suggested Asit Sen to take Khanna for the lead role in Khamoshi.[32] Through Aradhana he rose to "instant national fame" and film critics referred to him as the first superstar of India.[33][34] In that film, Rajesh Khanna was cast in a double role (father and son) opposite Sharmila Tagore and Farida Jalal. The film also saw the resurgence of Kishore Kumar, who eventually became the official playback voice of Rajesh Khanna. The Kishore Kumar-Rajesh Khanna combination worked miracles and it was almost impossible to see them as separate identities. They became a singer-actor duo and together they gave many songs till 1991.[35] Then in year 1971, Haathi Mere Saathi became the biggest hit and also became the biggest grosser ever till then. Khanna is also credited with giving Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar their first chance to become screenplay writers by offering them work in Haathi Mere Saathi.[36] Javed Akhthar accepted in an interview "One day, he went to Salimsaab and said that Mr. Devar had given him a huge signing amount with which he could complete the payment for his bungalow Aashirwad. But the film's script was far from being satisfactory. He told us that if we could set right the script, he would make sure we got both money and credit."[37]

Rajesh acted alongside Mumtaz in eight successful films.[38] They were neighbours and got along very well, and as a result they shared a great on-screen chemistry. After Khanna married, Mumtaz decided to marry millionaire Mayur Madhwani in 1974. At the time, she was doing three films Aap ki Kasam, Roti and Prem Kahani with Khanna. She decided to quit movies only after completing these films. When she left films Khanna felt very lost. In one of her interviews, Mumtaz was quoted saying "I would pull his leg and tease him about his fan following. Whenever Rajesh entered a hotel in Madras, there was a queue of 600 girls waiting to see him at midnight. As a result, even I would get some importance, as people would ask for my autograph as well. He was very generous with his associates, and would party a lot."

During the peak of his career he would be mobbed during public appearances. Fans kissed his car, which would be covered with lipstick marks, and lined the road, cheering and chanting his name. Female fans sent him letters written in their blood.[39] There used to be a line of cars of his producers and hysterical fans outside his bungalow every day. Actor Mehmood parodied him in Bombay to Goa where the driver and conductor of the bus were called 'Rajesh' and 'Khanna'. Even today, he remains the favourite of mimicry artists, who copy his trademark style and dialogue delivery. During the filming of Amar Prem there was a scene that needed to be filmed at Howrah Bridge with a boat carrying Khanna with Sharmila moving under the bridge. The authorities ruled this scene out as they realized that if the public found out that the hero of the film would be there, it may create problems on the bridge itself, and that it might collapse due to the amount of people trying to get a glimpse of their favourite actor.[40] Film critic Monojit Lahiri remembers “Girls married themselves to photographs of Rajesh Khanna, cutting their fingers and applying the blood as sindoor. Rajesh was God, there has never been such hysteria.”[41]

Several songs sung by Kishore Kumar in the 1970s were based on Rajesh Khanna. During the filming of the song 'Mere Sapnon Ki Rani' in Aradhana, Sharmila Tagore was shooting for a Satyajit Ray film and director Shakti Samanta had to shoot their scenes separately and then join the scenes together.In the seventies, his chemistry with Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Asha Parekh, Zeenat Aman and Hema Malini were also popular with audiences.[42]

The BBC made a film on him, titled Bombay Superstar, in 1974, the shooting for which began the same time when he got married and his film Daag premiered.[43] In the video it can be noticed that Khanna was shooting for Aap Ki Kasam. A textbook prescribed by the Bombay University contained an essay, 'The Charisma of Rajesh Khanna!'.[44]

Sharmila Tagore said in interview to Indian Express, “Women came out in droves to see Kaka (Khanna). They would stand in queues outside the studios to catch a glimpse, they would marry his photographs, they would pull at his clothes. Delhi girls were crazier for him than Mumbai girls. He needed police protection when he was in public. I have never seen anything like this before and since.”[45]

Music remained one of the biggest attractions of all Rajesh Khanna films throughout his career. Many of the musical scores for Khanna's films were composed by Sachin Dev Burman, R.D. Burman and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The trio of Rajesh Khanna, Kishore Kumar and R.D. Burman went on to make a number of popular films, including Kati Patang, Amar Prem, Shehzada, Apna Desh, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Aap Ki Kasam, Ajnabee, Namak Haraam, Maha Chor, Karm, Phir Wohi Raat, Aanchal, Kudrat, Ashanti, Agar Tum Na Hote, Awaaz, Hum Dono and Alag Alag.

Rajesh Khanna had 15 consecutive solo superhits between 1969 to 1971, which is still an unbroken record in Indian film history.[46] In calculation of the 15 films, 2 hero films like Maryada,Andaz and films with box office result as hits were excluded -Mere Jeevan Saathi, Choti Bahu and Shehzada.

Khanna considered Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari and Geeta Bali as his idols.Khanna dislosed in an interview," My inspirations include, Dilip Kumar's dedication and intensity, Raj Kapoor's spontaneity, Dev Anand's style and Shammi Kapoor's rhythm."[30]

[edit]1976–1978

 

Between 1976 and 1978, Khanna acted in 4 box office hits and in nine films that were not commercially successful. Seven of the unsuccessful films were critically acclaimed and have achieved strong cult status over the years among the viewers and these films included Mehbooba,[47] Bundal Baaz, Tyaag, Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein, Naukri, Chakravyuha and Janata Havaldar which were directed by Shakti Samanta, Shammi Kapoor, Din Dayal Sharma, Meeraj, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee and Mehmood Ali, respectively. Khanna persuaded Samanta to cast his sister-in-law Simple Kapadia opposite him in Anurodh.[48] Films starring Rajesh Khanna and directed by Shakti Samanta tended to be commercially successful, but Mehbooba was an exception.[49][50] The change from romantic and social movies to action oriented multi-starrers caused the decline of Khanna's career in terms of box office ratings to some extent. The declaration of emergency in India had angered the masses and this helped films having the lead character revolting against corruption becoming successes. Actor Joy Mukherjee made Chhailla Babu, a suspense thriller in 1977, which became the only successful film of his as a director[51] and the unexpected success of the Chhailla Babu gave a boost to the career of Khanna.[52] However, Khanna continued basically in solo hero social sober household meaningful films during this era and played a variety of characters in films of various genres. During this phase too he had box office hits like Maha Chor,[53] Chhailla Babu,[54] Anurodh and Karm.

[edit]1979–1991

 

After 1978, Khanna starred in critically acclaimed commercially successful films[55][56] such as Amardeep, Phir Wohi Raat, Bandish,[57] Thodisi Bewafaii, Dard, Kudrat, Dhanwan, Ashanti (1982 film), Avtaar, Agar Tum Na Hote, Souten, Jaanwar, Asha Jyoti, Awaaz,[58] Naya Kadam,[59] Hum Dono, Babu, Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar,[60] Shatru,[61] Insaaf Main Karoonga, Anokha Rishta, Nazrana, Angaarey, Adhikar (1986),Amrit, Awam (film) (from 1979–1991). Director Bharathiraja decided to remake his 1978 Tamil box office hit film "Sigappu Rojakkal" in Hindi with Khanna playing the role of a psychopath.[62] Kamal Haasan who played the same role in Tamil won South Filmfare Best Actor Award for his portrayal.[63] But the Hindi movie was seen as controversial by traditional and orthodox Hindi moviegoers and was not a commercial success, although Khanna's performance has been rated later higher by critics than the original.[64]

Tina Munim and Rajesh Khanna became the leading on and off screen couple of the 80’s with hits like Fiffty Fiffty, Suraag, Souten, Aakhir Kyun, Bewafai, Insaaf Main Karoonga and Adhikar(1986).[65] Ram Awatar Agnihotri wrote that Tina Munim showed the first sparks of the dedicated actress she would become in the films "Alag Alag" and "Adhikar", both with Khanna.[66] His on screen pair with Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil,Padmini Kolhapuri and Poonam Dhillon was also popular in the eighties[67]He also acted in the Marathi hit film "Sundara Satarkar" in 1981.[68] He has performed in the least number of multi-starrer films in comparison to his contemporaries and portrayed the central character in the few multistarrers he acted. Khanna delivered multi-starrer superhits like Rajput, Dharm Aur Qanoon,[69] Paapi Pet Ka Sawaal Hai, Zamana (1985), Dil-E-Nadan and Ghar Ka Chiraag. He did three potboiler movies with Jeetendra, which were blockbusters-Dharam Kanta,[70] Nishaan and Maqsad.[71] In the year 1984, his film Maqsad became the 2nd highest box office superhit film earning 8.5 crores.[72]Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar is one of the memorable political films of Rajesh Khanna. Khanna played the character of a corrupt politician in this film. Viewers praised his role in the film.[73] The year 1985 saw him turn a producer with Alag Alag. Eleven films, with Khanna in the lead, released in 1985 and eight of these became hits and in addition had two films with him in special appearance.[74] Before joining politics one of his last films as the lead hero was Swarg released in 1990. David Dhawan regards Swarg as his most favorite directorial venture and said in an interview " Swarg did well. Though a serious film, people even today talk about it as it struck a chord. I was working with Rajesh Khanna for the first time. I shared a good rapport with him. He never threw tantrums on the sets."[75]

He experimented with films of different genres like tragedy in Babu as a rickshaw puller, thriller in Redrose as a psycopath, political adventure in Awam, negative roles in Dhanwan and Redrose, fantasy in Bundalbaaz and Jaanwar, crime in Phir Wohi Raat and Angarey, suspense in Chakravyuha and Iteefaq, comedy in Hum Dono and Masterji, action in Ashanti, family dramas like Aanchal and Amrit and Agar Tum Na Hote, variety of social films like Avtaar, Naya Kadam, Akhir Kyun and with different themes like reincarnation theme in Kudrat, patriotism in Prem Kahani, immature young love theme handled in different ways in films like Anokha Rishta, Nazrana and Dil E Nadan and did college romance in Bandish. He has played variety of characters as the lead hero – as a postman in Palkon Ki Chaon Mein, as a lawyer who proves that his senior has committed a rape 25 years earlier in Kudrat, as a politician in Aaj Ka MLA Ram Avtaar, as a young musician forced by fate to marry two women in Asha Jyoti, as professional advocate in Awaaz, fisherman in Prem Bandhan, a revolutionary patriot who is torn apart by love and policeman like in Prem Kahanai, as a righteous farmer in Bandhan etc.

He shared a close relationship with R.D. Burman[76] and Kishore Kumar. The trio were friends and have worked together in thirty two films.[77] Work of Pancham with Khanna is regarded as legendary and far superior than any other actor-music director combinations.[78] The king of playback singing Kishore Kumar had even credited Rajesh Khanna for his resurgence, so much so that he sang for Alag Alag, the first film produced by Rajesh Khanna without charging anything.[79][80] In 1985 Pancham found himself being sidelined after failure of few films but Rajesh Khanna was among the few who continued to stand by him.[81] Rajesh and Pancham worked together even after the death of Kishore in the films Jai Shiv Shankar, the unreleased film Police Ke Peechhe Police (both produced by Khanna ) and Sautela Bhai. Khanna even helped Leena Gangully and Amit Kumar in completing Mamta Ki Chhaon Mein, the last film directed by Kishore who died before the completion of the film.

Pyarelal quoted in an interview that “Rajesh Khanna was lucky for us and we were lucky for him too. From the 1969 Do Raaste to the 1986 Amrit, we gave hits together both as films and as music scores.... When we went on our first overseas concert tour in 1984, he came and danced to three songs. He was very particular about his music and would take a tape home if he could not assess a song. He would then give his feedback after a day or two. But if he liked a song at the sitting, he would loudly shout “Wah! Wah!” in appreciation…. It was God’s blessing that we came up with such a vast range of hit songs for him, including in his home productions Roti and films like Chhailla Babu, Chakravyuha, Fiffty Fiffty, Amar Deep and Bewafai. Incidentally, he had a stake in Mehboob Ki Mehndi too.[38] He had great interest in music and a terrific sense of melody too. His music is dominated by Pancham (R.D. Burman) and us and we accepted Shakti Samanta’s Anurodh only because Rajesh Khanna had some misunderstanding with Pancham then and did not want to work with him."[38] Khanna would always request music directors to fit in Kishore Kumar wherever possible. In fact, Kishoreda was very reluctant to sing "Waada Tera Waada" in Dushman and suggested Laxmikant Pyarelal to get it sung by Rafi. Then Laxmikant made Kishoreda meet Rajesh Khanna and Khanna winked at Laxmikant and told Kishoreda that in that case the song should be scrapped. On hearing this Kishore immediately agreed to sing it by himself for Khanna.[38]

Actors who were part of the cast of most of his films include Ashok Kumar, Sujit Kumar, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri, Asrani, Bindu, Vijay Arora, Roopesh Kumar, Dina Pathak and A. K. Hangal, who remained part of his " working team" since the start until the late eighties. The lyricist whom he preferred for his movies was Anand Bakshi. Films by Shakti Samanta with Khanna in the lead, music by Pancham and lyrics by Anand Bakshi had people swooning over. The films Samanta directed without Khanna in the eighties were duds.[82][83] His other close friends from the film industry include Raj Babbar, J. Om Prakash and Jeetendra.

Celebrities of the post-2000 era, like Madhur Bhandarkar, say that they take at least three or four turns in Carter Road even today only to see Khanna.[84] The younger generation stars like Imran Khan still regard Rajesh Khanna as someone who would take the top slot as the most romantic hero of all time.[85] Shahrukh Khan idolises Rajesh Khanna and has opined,"Rajesh Khanna you can’t touch".[86] Actor Tom Alter confessed “I still dream of being Rajesh Khanna. For me, in the early 1970s, he was the only hero – romantic to the core, not larger than life, so Indian and real – he was my hero; the reason I came into films and he still is.”[87] Actor Irrfan Khan accepted in an interview, "The kind of craze witnessed by Rajesh Khanna has not been duplicated by anyone. He was the biggest and the most real star Bollywood has produced. I'd say stardom is that feeling of being possessed by your idol; you are so overwhelmed with euphoria you lose touch with reality."[88] Rajesh Khanna was the last superstar to set fashion trends.[89] The trend of wearing guru kurtas and belt on shirts became famous in seventies and eighties because of Khanna.[90]

Khanna was awarded Filmfare Special Award in 1991 for having starred in 101 films as the solo lead hero and just 21 two hero films in short span of 25 years. Khanna gave 35 Golden Jubilee Hits in period 1967-1975 and 3 in 1976-78 and 35 more in 1979-1991 and gave 22 Silver Jubilee Hits in period 1966-1991.By 2011, he held record for the Hindi actor with most number of author backed lead hero films - 106 solo hero films and having done only 22 two hero films.[91]

[edit]Later career (1992-present)

 

From the early nineties onwards he stopped acting and served as M.P. of New Delhi Constituency from 1991 to 1996. During that period, he returned to acting, playing the lead in Khudai(1994), which was about a father and son both falling in love for the same woman. After 1992, he appeared in only 10 films and declined most film offers. He made a comeback as a NRI in Aa Ab Laut Chalen(1999), and Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa(2002) and played the solo lead in films Sautela Bhai in 1996, Pyar Zindagi Hai in 2001 and Wafaa in 2008.He did 4 television serials in period 2000-2009.

[edit]Television

 

He is a life member of the International Film And Television Research Centre, the International Film And Television Club and the Asian Academy of Film & Television.[92] He is the Guest Faculty of 'Specialized Cinema Courses At Asian School Of Media Studies'. On 10 April 1999 Khanna inaugurated the live concert of S.P. Balasubramanyam held at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad as a tribute to Pancham.[93] In 2001 and 2002, Rajesh played the lead in two television serials: Aapne Parai (B4U & DD Metro)[94] and Ittefaq (Zee TV).[95] He performed in a video album based on Tagore's songs (Rabindra Sangeet) without payment.[96] He also endorsed Star se Superstar tak – a talent hunt programme in 2007 and donated a Gold Trophy of Rs.1 crore. In its Silver Jubilee Episode on 14–15 March 2008, K for Kishore aired a Rajesh Khanna special. He signed on to star in a TV serial with Creative Eye Banner (Dhiraj Kumar) in 2007, and in 2008 performed in a TV serial, Bhabhima, with Leena Ganguly as his co-star. His successful TV serial Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Aayi began in November 2008 and ended in September 2009.[97] Khanna cited the lack of good roles for actors like him in the films as the reason for him not appearing much in films after 2001. He said in an interview on being queried about his decision to do TV serials, "The reach of TV is much more than cinema today and one episode of my serial is likely to be watched by more people than a super-hit film".[98] In 2009, on his 67th birthday, Shemaroo Entertainment released his films and a song collection titled Screen Legends-Rajesh Khanna-the Original Superstar.[99] In May 2012, Havells, the fan making company endorsed Khanna as Brand Ambassador for their new ad campaign featuring him in solo advertisements.[100]

[edit]Political and business career

 

Rajesh Khanna was a member of Parliament for the Congress Party, from the New Delhi constituency, where he won the 1992 by-election, retaining his seat until the 1996 election.[101] When Khanna was M.P he worked full time as a politician and did not accept new acting assignements.[102] He has since been a political activist for the Congress Party and campaigned for Congress in Punjab for 2012 elections.[103]

Khanna and a group of foreign investors have bought land in Shirdi on which they plan to build a religious resort for disciples of Sai Baba of Shirdi.[104]

[edit]Health

 

In June, 2012, it was reported that Rajesh Khanna's health had been deterorating for some time,[105] [106] On 23 June 2012 he was admitted to Lilavati Hospital due to some health complications. He was discharged on 8 July 2012 from the hospital and was reported to be fine.[107] [108][109][110] On 14th July 2012, Rajesh Khanna was readmitted in city's Lilavati hospital. He was admitted due to weakness and low blood pressure," Mr Khanna's estranged wife, Dimple Kapadia said. [11

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A gaudy, gorgeous rush of color, sound and motion, “Slumdog Millionaire,” the latest from the British shape-shifter Danny Boyle, doesn’t travel through the lower depths, it giddily bounces from one horror to the next. A modern fairy tale about a pauper angling to become a prince, this sensory blowout largely takes place amid the squalor of Mumbai, India, where lost children and dogs sift through trash so fetid you swear you can smell the discarded mango as well as its peel, or could if the film weren’t already hurtling through another picturesque gutter.

 

Mr. Boyle, who first stormed the British movie scene in the mid-1990s with flashy entertainments like “Shallow Grave” and “Trainspotting,” has a flair for the outré. Few other directors could turn a heroin addict rummaging inside a rank toilet bowl into a surrealistic underwater reverie, as he does in “Trainspotting,” and fewer still could do so while holding onto the character’s basic humanity. The addict, played by Ewan McGregor, emerges from his repulsive splish-splashing with a near-beatific smile (having successfully retrieved some pills), a terrible if darkly funny image that turns out to have been representative not just of Mr. Boyle’s bent humor but also of his worldview: better to swim than to sink.

 

Swimming comes naturally to Jamal (the British actor Dev Patel in his feature-film debut), who earns a living as a chai-wallah serving fragrant tea to call-center workers in Mumbai and who, after a series of alternating exhilarating and unnerving adventures, has landed in the hot seat on the television game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Yet while the story opens with Jamal on the verge of grabbing the big prize, Simon Beaufoy’s cleverly kinked screenplay, adapted from a novel by Vikas Swarup, embraces a fluid view of time and space, effortlessly shuttling between the young contestant’s past and his present, his childhood spaces and grown-up times. Here, narrative doesn’t begin and end: it flows and eddies — just like life.

 

By all rights the texture of Jamal’s life should have been brutally coarsened by tragedy and poverty by the time he makes a grab for the television jackpot. But because “Slumdog Millionaire” is self-consciously (perhaps commercially) framed as a contemporary fairy tale cum love story, or because Mr. Boyle leans toward the sanguine, this proves to be one of the most upbeat stories about living in hell imaginable. It’s a life that begins in a vast, vibrant, sun-soaked, jampacked ghetto, a kaleidoscopic city of flimsy shacks and struggling humanity and takes an abrupt, cruel turn when Jamal (Ayush Mahesh Khedekar), then an exuberant 7, and his cagier brother, Salim (Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail), witness the murder of their mother (Sanchita Choudhary) by marauding fanatics armed with anti-Muslim epithets and clubs.

 

Cast into the larger, uncaring world along with another new orphan, a shy beauty named Latika (Rubina Ali plays the child, Freida Pinto the teenager), the three children make their way from one refuge to another before falling prey to a villain whose exploitation pushes the story to the edge of the unspeakable. Although there’s something undeniably fascinating, or at least watchable, about this ghastly interlude — the young actors are very appealing and sympathetic, and the images are invariably pleasing even when they shouldn’t be — it’s unsettling to watch these young characters and, by extension, the young nonprofessionals playing them enact such a pantomime. It doesn’t help even if you remember that Jamal makes it out alive long enough to have his 15 televised minutes.

 

It’s hard to hold onto any reservations in the face of Mr. Boyle’s resolutely upbeat pitch and seductive visual style. Beautifully shot with great sensitivity to color by the cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, in both film and digital video, “Slumdog Millionaire” makes for a better viewing experience than it does for a reflective one. It’s an undeniably attractive package, a seamless mixture of thrills and tears, armchair tourism (the Taj Mahal makes a guest appearance during a sprightly interlude) and crackerjack professionalism. Both the reliably great Irrfan Khan (“A Mighty Heart”), as a sadistic detective, and the Bollywood star Anil Kapoor, as the preening game-show host, run circles around the young Mr. Patel, an agreeable enough if vague centerpiece to all this coordinated, insistently happy chaos.

 

In the end, what gives me reluctant pause about this bright, cheery, hard-to-resist movie is that its joyfulness feels more like a filmmaker’s calculation than an honest cry from the heart about the human spirit (or, better yet, a moral tale). In the past Mr. Boyle has managed to wring giggles out of murder (“Shallow Grave”) and addiction (“Trainspotting”), and invest even the apocalypse with a certain joie de vivre (the excellent zombie flick “28 Days Later”). He’s a blithely glib entertainer who can dazzle you with technique and, on occasion, blindside you with emotion, as he does in his underrated children’s movie, “Millions.” He plucked my heartstrings in “Slumdog Millionaire” with well-practiced dexterity, coaxing laughter and sobs out of each sweet, sour and false note.

 

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

 

Directed by Danny Boyle; written by Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel “Q & A” by Vikas Swarup; director of photography, Anthony Dod Mantle; edited by Chris Dickens; music by A. R. Rahman; production designer, Mark Digby; produced by Christian Colson; released by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Running time: 2 hours.

 

Dev Patel ... Jamal

Ayush Mahesh Khedekar ... Youngest Jamal

Freida Pinto ... Latika

Rubina Ali ... Youngest Latika

Madhur Mittal ... Salim

Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail ... Youngest Salim

Sanchita Choudhary ... Jamal’s Mother

Anil Kapoor ... Prem

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Gunday is an upcoming Romantic Hindi film, written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra. The film will feature Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles. The shooting of the film was done in Kolkata and some parts at Durgapur. According to sources, the film's story is based on the lives of two small time thieves who later get involved in the coal mafia. The film will be released on 14 February, 2014.

 

Gunday Cast & Crew:

 

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Status

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Release Date

14 Feb 2014

 

Genre

Action, Romance

 

Producer

Aditya Chopra

 

Star Cast

Ranveer Singh

Arjun Kapoor

Priyanka Chopra

Irrfan Khan

Sushant Singh

 

Story / Writers

Ali Abbas Zafar

 

Background Music

Julius Packiam

 

Choreographers

Bosco Martis

Caesar Gonsalves

 

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Subarna Rai Chaudhuri

 

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Aashish Singh

 

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Ali Abbas Zafar

 

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Irshad Kamil

 

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Rameshwar S Bhagat

 

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Aseem Mishra

 

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Rajat Poddar

 

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Sham Kaushal

 

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Dileep Subramaniam

 

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Padam Bhushan

 

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Shanoo Sharma

 

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Release Date

23 May 2014

 

Star Cast

Himesh Reshammiya.... Ravi Kumar

Irrfan Khan.... Alec D'Costa

Zoya Afroz.... Chandni

Sonali Raut.... Zara

Yo Yo Honey Singh.... Kenny Damania

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Arjun Kapoor

Priyanka Chopra

Irrfan Khan

Sushant Singh

 

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Ali Abbas Zafar

 

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Rameshwar S Bhagat

 

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Rajat Poddar

 

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Sham Kaushal

 

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Ranveer Singh

Arjun Kapoor

Priyanka Chopra

Irrfan Khan

Sushant Singh

 

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Ali Abbas Zafar

 

Background Music

Julius Packiam

 

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Caesar Gonsalves

 

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Irshad Kamil

 

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Rameshwar S Bhagat

 

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Aseem Mishra

 

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Rajat Poddar

 

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Sham Kaushal

 

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Dileep Subramaniam

 

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14 Feb 2014

 

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Action, Romance

 

Producer

Aditya Chopra

 

Star Cast

Ranveer Singh

Arjun Kapoor

Priyanka Chopra

Irrfan Khan

Sushant Singh

 

Story / Writers

Ali Abbas Zafar

 

Background Music

Julius Packiam

 

Choreographers

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Caesar Gonsalves

 

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Irshad Kamil

 

Editor

 

Rameshwar S Bhagat

 

Cinematography

 

Aseem Mishra

 

Production Designers

 

Rajat Poddar

 

Action

 

Sham Kaushal

 

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Sound

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YRF Music

 

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Bollywood veteran Rajesh Khanna was at his dramatic best when he received the lifetime achievement trophy at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Macau from his "Anand" co-star Amitabh Bachchan late on Saturday (June 13) night.

 

Khanna, who featured in hits like "Aradhana", "Kati Patang" and "Amar Prem" in his four-decade long career, kept referring to Big B as "babumoshai", in the manner in which he addressed Bachchan in their 1971 heartwarming hit "Anand".

 

It took me 40 years and 180 films to get this IIFA Life time Achievement award-along journey I must say I am very grateful to IIFA, (event organisers) Wizcraft, committee members and babumoshai. Babumoshai, thank you very very much," Khanna said in his acceptance speech.

 

“It is after 16 years later that we are together on a stage. I thank him from the bottom of my heart," he added.

 

Khanna, 66, also belted dialogues from his famous films to entertain the audience. And he even appreciated Bachchan's successful journey in his professional life.

 

Life should be big, not necessarily long, and my babumoshai is living life big - living life king size. (Look) from where to where he has reached in so many years. We started with ’Anand' and today we are on this platform. He is very dear to me, he is my babumoshai," he said.

 

Khanna received a standing ovation from industry members as well as the audience.

 

Whatever I am, I am because of you, my audience. My audience members, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian - everyone was responsible to make me an actor to a star to a superstar to what I am today. Thank you all," he said.

 

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Rajesh Khanna pronunciation (help·info); (born Jatin Khanna on 29 December 1942) is an Indian actor of Hindi films,[1] and has been Hindi film producer and an Indian politician.

He appeared in 163 films of which 106 had him as the solo lead hero and 22 were two hero projects.[2] He won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same fourteen times. He received the maximum BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) – four times and nominated 25 times. He was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Khanna is referred to as the “First Superstar” of Hindi cinema.[3][4][5][6] He made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat and rose to prominence with his performances in films like Raaz, Baharon Ke Sapne, Ittefaq and Aradhana.

 

Khanna was born in Amritsar on 29 December 1942. He was adopted and raised by foster parents who were relatives of his biological parents. Khanna lived in Thakurdwar near Girgaon. Khanna attended St. Sebastian’s Goan High School in Girgaum, along with his friend Ravi Kapoor, who later took the stage name Jeetendra. Their mothers were friends.[7] Khanna gradually started taking interest in theatre and did a of stage and theater plays in his school[8] and college days and won many prizes in the inter college drama competitions.[9] Khanna became a rare newcomer who struggled in his own MG sports car to get work in theatre and films in the early sixties.[10] Both friends later studied in Kishinchand Chellaram College(KC).[11] When Jeetendra went for his first film audition, it was Khanna who tutored him. Khanna's uncle changed Khanna's first name to Rajesh when Khanna decided to join films. His friends and his wife call him Kaka.[12]

[edit]Adult life

 

See also: Dimple Kapadia, Kishore Kumar, R.D.Burman, Jeetendra, and Simple Kapadia

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Khanna fell in love with the then fashion designer and actress Anju Mahendru.[13] 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.[14] Later Khanna married Dimple Kapadia in 1973 and has two daughters from the marriage.[15] 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,[16] and thereafter lived separately, but did not complete the divorce proceedings.[17] In the eighties Tina Munim was romantically involved with Khanna till the time she decided to leave the industry to pursue her higher studies.[18] Years of separation brought about mutual understanding between Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia.[14] 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.[19] Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna, an interior decorator and a former film actress, is married to actor Akshay Kumar[20] while their younger daughter Rinke Khanna, also a former Hindi film actress,[21] is married to a London-based investment banker Samir Saran.[22]

[edit]Early career (1966–1975)

 

Rajesh Khanna was one of eight finalists in the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare from more than ten thousand contestants.[23] Subsequently Khanna won the contest.[24] He made his film debut in the 1966 film Aakhri Khat directed by Chetan Anand, followed by Raaz directed by Ravindra Dave both of which were a part of his predetermined prize for winning the All-India United Producers’ Talent Competition.[25] G.P. Sippy and Nasir Hussain were the first to sign Rajesh Khanna after he won the contest.[26] Khanna in an interview to Hindu newspaper said,"Though “Aakhri Khat” is my first film, I received my first break as a leading actor in Ravindra Dave's, “Raaz” in 1967. My heroine was Babita, already a popular actress then. Though I had lots of confidence, I was shy in facing the camera initially. In my first three shots, I had to perform with stress on my body language and dialogue delivery. Though I was right with my dialogues, my movements were not up to the mark. Ravindra Dave explained me my scenes and movements very clearly correcting my way of walking".[27] Being under contract with United Producers, he got projects like Aurat, Doli and Ittefaq.[28] He was then noticed for his performances in films like Baharon Ke Sapne, Aurat (1967), Doli, Aradhana and Ittefaq. Later Waheeda Rehman suggested Asit Sen to take Khanna for the lead role in Khamoshi.[29] Through Aradhana he rose to "instant national fame" and film critics referred to him as the first superstar of India.[30][31] In that film, Rajesh Khanna was cast in a double role (father and son) opposite Sharmila Tagore and Farida Jalal. The film also saw the resurgence of Kishore Kumar, who eventually became the official playback voice of Rajesh Khanna. The Kishore Kumar-Rajesh Khanna combination worked miracles and it was almost impossible to see them as separate identities. They became a singer-actor duo and together they gave many songs till 1991.[32] Then in year 1971, Haathi Mere Saathi became the biggest hit and also became the biggest grosser ever till then.Khanna is also credited with giving Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar their first chance to become screenplay writers by offering them work in Haathi Mere Saathi.[33] Javed Akhthar accpeted in an interview "One day, he went to Salimsaab and said that Mr. Devar had given him a huge signing amount with which he could complete the payment for his bungalow Aashirwad. But the film's script was far from being satisfactory. He told us that if we could set right the script, he would make sure we got both money and credit."[34]

Rajesh acted alongside Mumtaz in eight successful films.[35] They were neighbours and got along very well, and as a result they shared a great on-screen chemistry. After Khanna married, Mumtaz decided to marry millionaire Mayur Madhwani in 1974. At the time, she was doing three films Aap ki Kasam, Roti and Prem Kahani with Khanna. She decided to quit movies only after completing these films. When she left films Khanna felt very lost. In one of her interviews, Mumtaz was quoted saying "I would pull his leg and tease him about his fan following. Whenever Rajesh entered a hotel in Madras, there was a queue of 600 girls waiting to see him at midnight. As a result, even I would get some importance, as people would ask for my autograph as well. He was very generous with his associates, and would party a lot."

During the peak of his career he would be mobbed during public appearances. Fans kissed his car, which would be covered with lipstick marks, and lined the road, cheering and chanting his name. Female fans sent him letters written in their blood.[36] There used to be a line of cars of his producers and hysterical fans outside his bungalow every day. Actor Mehmood parodied him in Bombay to Goa where the driver and conductor of the bus were called 'Rajesh' and 'Khanna'. Even today, he remains the favourite of mimicry artists, who copy his trademark style and dialogue delivery. During the filming of Amar Prem there was a scene that needed to be filmed at Howrah Bridge with a boat carrying Khanna with Sharmila moving under the bridge. The authorities ruled this scene out as they realized that if the public found out that the hero of the film would be there, it may create problems on the bridge itself, and that it might collapse due to the amount of people trying to get a glimpse of their favourite actor.[37] Film critic Monojit Lahiri remembers “Girls married themselves to photographs of Rajesh Khanna, cutting their fingers and applying the blood as sindoor. Rajesh was God, there has never been such hysteria.”[38]

Several songs sung by Kishore Kumar in the 1970s were based on Rajesh Khanna. During the filming of the song 'Mere Sapnon Ki Rani' in Aradhana, Sharmila Tagore was shooting for a Satyajit Ray film and director Shakti Samanta had to shoot their scenes separately and then join the scenes together.

The BBC made a film on him, titled Bombay Superstar, in 1974, the shooting for which began the same time when he got married and his film Daag premiered.[39] In the video it can be noticed that Khanna was shooting for Aap Ki Kasam. A textbook prescribed by the Bombay University contained an essay, 'The Charisma of Rajesh Khanna!'.[40]

Sharmila Tagore said in interview to India Express, “Women came out in droves to see Kaka (Khanna). They would stand in queues outside the studios to catch a glimpse, they would marry his photographs, they would pull at his clothes. Delhi girls were crazier for him than Mumbai girls. He needed police protection when he was in public. I have never seen anything like this before and since.”[41]

Music remained one of the biggest attractions of all Rajesh Khanna films throughout his career. Many of the musical scores for Khanna's films were composed by Sachin Dev Burman, R.D. Burman and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The trio of Rajesh Khanna, Kishore Kumar and R.D. Burman went on to make a number of popular films, including Kati Patang, Amar Prem, Shehzada, Apna Desh, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Aap Ki Kasam, Ajnabee, Namak Haraam, Maha Chor, Karm, Phir Wohi Raat, Aanchal, Kudrat, Ashanti, Agar Tum Na Hote, Awaaz, Hum Dono and Alag Alag.

Rajesh Khanna had 15 consecutive solo superhits between 1969 to 1972, which is still an unbroken record in Indian film history.[42] The commercial success of his films declined during 1976–78.In calculation of the 15 films, 2 hero films like Maryada,Andaz and films with box office result as hits were excluded -Mere Jeevan Saathi, Choti Bahu and Shehzada.

Khanna considered Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari and Geeta Bali as his idols.Khanna dislosed in an interview," My inspirations include, Dilip Kumar's dedication and intensity, Raj Kapoor's spontaneity, Dev Anand's style and Shammi Kapoor's rhythm."[27]

[edit]1976–1978

 

Between 1976 and 1978, Khanna acted in nine films that were not commercially successful. Seven of these were rated highly by critics upon their release and have achieved strong cult status over the years among the viewers and these films included Mehbooba,[43] Bundal Baaz, Tyaag, Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein, Naukri, Chakravyuha and Janata Havaldar which were directed by Shakti Samanta, Shammi Kapoor, Din Dayal Sharma, Meeraj, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee and Mehmood Ali, respectively. Khanna persuaded Samanta to cast his sister-in-law Simple Kapadia opposite him in Anurodh.[44] Films starring Rajesh Khanna and directed by Shakti Samanta tended to be commercially successful, but Mehbooba was an exception.[45][46] K. Balachander then remade his film Arangetram in Hindi as Aaina with Mumtaz in the lead and Khanna in a cameo appearance in 1977. This film was also unsuccessful. The change from romantic and social movies to action oriented multi-starrers caused the decline of Khanna's career in terms of box office ratings to some extent. The declaration of emergency in India had angered the masses and this helped films having the lead character revolting against corruption becoming success.[47] Actor Joy Mukherjee made Chhailla Babu, a suspense thriller in 1977, which became the only successful film of his as a director[48] and the unexpected success of the Chhailla Babu gave a boost to the career of Khanna.[49] However, Khanna continued basically in solo hero social sober household meaningful films during this era and played a variety of characters in films of various genres. During this phase too he had box office hits like Maha Chor,[50] Chhailla Babu,[51] Anurodh and Karm.

[edit]Later career (1979–present)

 

After 1978, Khanna starred in critically acclaimed commercially successful films[52][53] such as Amardeep, Phir Wohi Raat, Bandish,[54] Thodisi Bewafaii, Dard, Kudrat, Dhanwan, Avtaar, Agar Tum Na Hote, Souten, Jaanwar, Asha Jyoti, Awaaz,[55] Naya Kadam,[56] Hum Dono, Babu, Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar,[57] Shatru,[58] Insaaf Main Karoonga, Anokha Rishta, Nazrana, Angaarey, Adhikar (1986) and Amrit(from 1979–1991). Director Bharathiraja decided to remake his 1978 Tamil box office hit film "Sigappu Rojakkal" in Hindi with Khanna playing the role of a psychopath.[59] Kamal Haasan who played the same role in Tamil won South Filmfare Best Actor Award for his portrayal.[60] But the Hindi movie was seen as controversial by traditional and orthodox Hindi moviegoers and was not a commercial success, although Khanna's performance has been rated later higher by critics than the original.[61]

Tina Munim and Rajesh Khanna became the leading on and off screen couple of the 80’s with hits like Fiffty Fiffty, Suraag, Souten, Aakhir Kyun, Bewafai, Insaaf Main Karoonga and Adhikar(1986).[62] Ram Awatar Agnihotri wrote that Tina Munim showed the first sparks of the dedicated actress she would become in the films "Alag Alag" and "Adhikar", both with Khanna.[63] He also acted in the Marathi hit film "Sundara Satarkar" in 1981.[64] He has performed in the least number of multi-starrer films in comparison to his contemporaries and portrayed the central character in the few multistarrers he acted. Khanna delivered multi-starrer superhits like Rajput, Dharam Aur Kanoon,[65] Zamana, Dil-E-Nadan, Ashanti, Awam (film) and Ghar Ka Chiraag. He did three potboiler movies with Jeetendra, which were blockbusters-Dharam Kanta,[66] Nishaan and Maqsad.[67] Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar is one of the memorable political films of Rajesh Khanna. Khanna played the character of a corrupt politician in this film. Viewers praised his role in the film.[68] The year 1985 saw him turn a producer with Alag Alag. Eleven films, with Khanna in the lead, released in 1985 and seven of these became hits and in addition had two films with him in special appearance.[69] Before joining politics one of his last films as the lead hero was Swarg released in 1990. David Dhawan regards Swarg as his most favorite directorial venture and said in an interview " Swarg did well. Though a serious film, people even today talk about it as it struck a chord. I was working with Rajesh Khanna for the first time. I shared a good rapport with him. He never threw tantrums on the sets."[70]

He experimented with films of different genres like tragedy in Babu as a rickshaw puller, thriller in Redrose as a psycopath, political adventure in Awam, negative roles in Dhanwan and Redrose, fantasy in Bundalbaaz and Jaanwar, crime in Phir Wohi Raat and Angarey, suspense in Chakravyuha and Iteefaq, comedy in Hum Dono and Masterji, action in Ashanti, family dramas like Aanchal and Amrit and Agar Tum Na Hote, variety of social films like Avtaar, Naya Kadam, Akhir Kyun and with different themes like reincarnation theme in Kudrat, patriotism in Prem Kahani, immature young love theme handled in different ways in films like Anokha Rishta, Nazrana and Dil E Nadan and did college romance in Bandish. He has played variety of characters as the lead hero – as a postman in Palkon Ki Chaon Mein, as a lawyer who proves that his senior has committed a rape 25 years earlier in Kudrat, as a politician in Aaj Ka MLA Ram Avtaar, as a young musician forced by fate to marry two women in Asha Jyoti, as professional advocate in Awaaz, fisherman in Prem Bandhan, a revolutionary patriot who is torn apart by love and policeman like in Prem Kahanai, as a righteous farmer in Bandhan etc.

He shared a very close relationship with R.D. Burman[71] and Kishore Kumar. The trio were very close friends and have worked together in more than thirty films.[72] Work of Pancham with Khanna is regarded as legendary and far superior than any other actor-music director combinations.[73] The king of playback singing Kishore Kumar had even credited Rajesh Khanna for his resurgence, so much so that he sang for Alag Alag, the first film produced by Rajesh Khanna without charging anything.[74][75] In 1985 Pancham found himself being sidelined after failure of few films but Rajesh Khanna was among the few who continued to stand by him.[76] Rajesh and Pancham worked together even after the death of Kishore in the films Jai Shiv Shankar, the unreleased film Police Ke Peechhe Police (both produced by Khanna ) and Sautela Bhai. Khanna even helped Leena Gangully and Amit Kumar in completing Mamta Ki Chhaon Mein, the last film directed by Kishore who died before the completion of the film.

Actors who were part of the cast of most of his films include Ashok Kumar, Sujit Kumar, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri, Asrani, Bindu, Vijay Arora, Roopesh Kumar, Dina Pathak and A. K. Hangal, who remained part of his " working team" since the start until the late eighties. The lyricist whom he preferred for his movies was Anand Bakshi. Films by Shakti Samanta with Khanna in the lead, music by Pancham and lyrics by Anand Bakshi had people swooning over. The films Samanta directed without Khanna in the eighties were duds.[77][78] His other close friends from the film industry include Raj Babbar, J. Om Prakash and Jeetendra.

Pyarelal quoted in an interview that “Rajesh Khanna was lucky for us and we were lucky for him too. From the 1969 Do Raaste to the 1986 Amrit, we gave hits together both as films and as music scores.... When we went on our first overseas concert tour in 1984, he came and danced to three songs. He was very particular about his music and would take a tape home if he could not assess a song. He would then give his feedback after a day or two. But if he liked a song at the sitting, he would loudly shout “Wah! Wah!” in appreciation…. It was God’s blessing that we came up with such a vast range of hit songs for him, including in his home productions Roti and films like Chhailla Babu, Chakravyuha, Fiffty Fiffty, Amar Deep and Bewafai. Incidentally, he had a stake in Mehboob Ki Mehndi too.[35]

Celebrities of the post-2000 era, like Madhur Bhandarkar, say that they take at least three or four turns in Carter Road even today only to see Khanna.[79] The younger generation stars like Imran Khan still regard Rajesh Khanna as someone who would take the top slot as the most romantic hero of all time.[80] Shahrukh Khan idolises Rajesh Khanna and has opined,"Rajesh Khanna you can’t touch".[81] Actor Tom Alter confessed “I still dream of being Rajesh Khanna. For me, in the early 1970s, he was the only hero – romantic to the core, not larger than life, so Indian and real – he was my hero; the reason I came into films and he still is.”[82] Actor Irrfan Khan accepted in an interview, "The kind of craze witnessed by Rajesh Khanna has not been duplicated by anyone. He was the biggest and the most real star Bollywood has produced. I'd say stardom is that feeling of being possessed by your idol; you are so overwhelmed with euphoria you lose touch with reality."[83] Rajesh Khanna was the last superstar to set fashion trends.[84] The trend of wearing guru kurtas and belt on shirts became famous in seventies and eighties because of Khanna.[85]

From the early nineties onwards he stopped acting and served as M.P. of New Delhi Constituency from 1991 to 1996. During that period, he returned to acting, appearing in Khudai(1994). He made a comeback as a NRI in Aa Ab Laut Chalen(1999), and Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa(2002). In September 2007, he officially announced his planned return to the big screen, signing a contract for several new films, including some television serials.

[edit]Television

 

He is a life member of the International Film And Television Research Centre, the International Film And Television Club and the Asian Academy of Film & Television.[86] He is the Guest Faculty of 'Specialized Cinema Courses At Asian School Of Media Studies'. On 10 April 1999 Khanna inaugurated the live concert of S.P. Balasubramanyam held at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad as a tribute to Pancham.[87] In 2001 and 2002, Rajesh played the lead in two television serials: Aapne Parai (B4U & DD Metro)[88] and Ittefaq (Zee TV).[89] He performed in a video album based on Tagore's songs (Rabindra Sangeet) without payment, and is currently in the process of creating his own music channel "R.K. Music Channel".[90] He also endorsed Star se Superstar tak – a talent hunt programme in 2007 and donated a Gold Trophy of Rs.1 crore. In its Silver Jubilee Episode on 14–15 March 2008, K for Kishore aired a Rajesh Khanna special. He signed on to star in a TV serial with Creative Eye Banner (Dhiraj Kumar) in 2007, and in 2008 performed in a TV serial, Bhabhima, with Leena Ganguly as his co-star. His successful TV serial Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Aayi began in November 2008 and ended in September 2009.[91] Khanna cites the lack of good roles for actors like him in the films these days. He said in an interview on being queried about his decision to do TV serials, "The reach of TV is much more than cinema today and one episode of my serial is likely to be watched by more people than a super-hit film".[92] In 2009, on his 67th birthday, Shemaroo Entertainment released his films and a song collection titled Screen Legends-Rajesh Khanna-the Original Superstar.[93]

[edit]Political and business career

 

Rajesh Khanna was a member of Parliament for the Congress Party, from the New Delhi constituency, where he won the 1992 by-election, retaining his seat until the 1996 election.[94] He has since been a political activist for the Congress Party.

Khanna and a group of foreign investors have bought land in Shirdi on which they plan to build a religious resort for disciples of Sai Baba of Shirdi.[95]

[edit]Awards, honours and recognitions

 

Main article: List of Rajesh Khanna's awards, honours and recognitions

[edit]Filmography

 

[edit]Actor

Main article: Rajesh Khanna filmography

[edit]Producer

YearFilm

1985Alag Alag

1989Police Ke Peeche Police

1990Jai Shiv Shankar

[edit]Co-Producer

YearFilm

1971Mehboob Ki Mehndi

1974Roti

1995Barsaat

[edit]Playback Singer

Baharon Ke Sapne (1967)

Safar (1970)

Raja Rani (1973)

Shehzada (1972)

Amar Prem (1972)

Daag (1973)

Ajnabee

Souten (1983)

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