Rajesh Khanna

Dec 29, 1942 - Jul 18, 2012

Rajesh Khanna was an Indian actor, film producer and politician who worked in Hindi films. Dubbed the "First Superstar" of Bollywood, owing to his crazy following and the big crowd he could pull, he starred consecutively in a record 15 commercially 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.
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