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Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna passes away

Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna passes away

THE Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna has passed away. He was 69.

Mr. Khanna was regarded as the first superstar of the Indian film industry. 

He was the romantic lead who had melted the hearts of many thousands of women fans who flocked to see his films from the 1960s onwards.

Fans who called him ‘Kaka’ would often mob the actor when he made public appearances. 

During his long career Mr. Khanna made more than 160 films. Among his most popular movies were Aaradhana (1969), see below, Kati Patang (1970) and Amar Prem (1972).

He won many awards during his career and was highly popular among fellow actors.

Fans had become increasingly worried about Mr. Khanna’s health in recent weeks after he had spent several periods in hospital.

When news of his death was made public scores of fans gathered outside his home in Mumbai.

Tributes were led by the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh.

To see an excerpt from Aaradhana, click here.


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