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Rajesh Khanna

Indian actor

Died when: 69 years 202 days (834 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn


Rajesh Khanna

Rajesh Khanna (pronounced [rɑːˈdʒeːʃ kʰənˈnə]) () (born Jatin Khanna; 29 December 1942 – 18 July 2012) was an Indian actor, film producer and politician who worked in Hindi films.

Dubbed the "First Superstar" of Bollywood, he consecutively starred in a record 15 successful films between 1969 to 1971.He was the highest-paid actor in Hindi cinema throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

His accolades include four BFJA Awards and five Filmfare Awards, and in 2013, he was posthumously awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour.

Khanna made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat which was India's first official Oscar Entry in 1967.In 2005, he was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award on the 50th Anniversary of the Filmfare Awards.

He was a Member of Parliament in the 10th Lok Sabha from New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency between 1992 and 1996, elected in the 1992 New Delhi by-election as an Indian National Congress candidate.

He was married to Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, eight months before her debut film Bobby was released and had two daughters from the marriage.

Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna is an actress who is married to actor Akshay Kumar, while they also have a younger daughter Rinke Khanna.

Khanna died on 18 July 2012, after a period of illness.He has been honoured with a stamp and statue in his likeness, and a road renamed after him by the Prime Minister of India.

In 2014, his biography Rajesh Khanna: The Untold Story of India's First Superstar by Yasser Usman was published by Penguin Books.

In 2018, a one kilometre fitness trail in Lajpat Nagar National Park was named after Khanna, which was inaugurated by his wife Dimple Kapadia.

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