Rajesh Khanna and Dev Anand
radzi

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#114 Dec 13, 2011
Abhijit wrote:
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Mr. Mee-- Inspiration does not mean in any manner to copy oneself. Watch songs of both and try to differentiate the style of moving head. To easy your task you may see SRK's Rab ne bana di jodi song Pyay Hua Ekrar hua wherein he really copied DEv Saheb and Kaka in one song sequence and you should learn the difference of moving head. Thanks,
Amar Prem ..... is pure Rajesh Khanna style!
Abhijit

Bangalore, India

#115 Dec 13, 2011
radzi wrote:
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Earlier directors had asked Rajesh Khanna to mimic Dev Anand. But I got introduced to Rajesh Khanna thru Haathi Mere Saathi when he was not being Dev. Rajesh Khanna facial/emotional expression is something Dev Anand cannot dream about! A different class in his own.
The head shakes etc. that we saw in Aradhana was "a formula" that Shakti Samamtha wanted to continue from the likes of Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand.
I personally think that Amir Khan is our current living Dev Anand.
In my opinion, from Raj to Wafa, we always found different Rajesh khanna on silver screen as per requirement of the particular characters whereas Dev Saheb always portrayed DEv Saheb irrespective of any character. I never find any Dev or Dilip or Raj in our well known Kakaji, never. Moreover, any of the above or anybody else has/have never shown the range of versatility equal to Kakaji-- Janta hawaldar or Babu on the one hand and Red Rose or Dhawan on the other. OR MLA on the one hand and Bawarchi on the other. There may be unlimited number of such examples.
radzi

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#116 Dec 13, 2011
Abhijit wrote:
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In my opinion, from Raj to Wafa, we always found different Rajesh khanna on silver screen as per requirement of the particular characters whereas Dev Saheb always portrayed DEv Saheb irrespective of any character. I never find any Dev or Dilip or Raj in our well known Kakaji, never. Moreover, any of the above or anybody else has/have never shown the range of versatility equal to Kakaji-- Janta hawaldar or Babu on the one hand and Red Rose or Dhawan on the other. OR MLA on the one hand and Bawarchi on the other. There may be unlimited number of such examples.
Under poor directorship.....I did found Rajesh Khanna hamming and he became Rajesh Khanna. Sometime being a superstar, I found that Rajesh Khanna is uncertain about living up to the characters he was supposed to portrayed or just be the superstar fans were looking for. People says " A superstar need NOT act... he just need to be himself"!. At times Rajesh Khanna was at this conjucture.

Palkon ki Choan Mein was goood acting, but it failed to live up to his superstardom status. Result --> failure at the box-office.

All that was said: Rajesh Khanna was a good actor, but he is not without flaw like Abhijit would like to believe.
Abhijit

Bangalore, India

#117 Dec 14, 2011
radzi wrote:
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Under poor directorship.....I did found Rajesh Khanna hamming and he became Rajesh Khanna. Sometime being a superstar, I found that Rajesh Khanna is uncertain about living up to the characters he was supposed to portrayed or just be the superstar fans were looking for. People says " A superstar need NOT act... he just need to be himself"!. At times Rajesh Khanna was at this conjucture.
Palkon ki Choan Mein was goood acting, but it failed to live up to his superstardom status. Result --> failure at the box-office.
All that was said: Rajesh Khanna was a good actor, but he is not without flaw like Abhijit would like to believe.
I still reiterate my point of view posted earlier. I have never found him as Rajesh Khanna in any film if compared with others specially in the commercial films' environment, if observed his films very minutely, not with time passing mentality. Moreover, even in pure masala films (which is lesser in his career)we can find number of most effective scenes/expressions with depth touches of human feelings, which perhaps ZERO in others cases.
This particulars quality differs him from others.

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Abhijit

Bangalore, India

#118 Dec 14, 2011
radzi wrote:
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Under poor directorship.....I did found Rajesh Khanna hamming and he became Rajesh Khanna. Sometime being a superstar, I found that Rajesh Khanna is uncertain about living up to the characters he was supposed to portrayed or just be the superstar fans were looking for. People says " A superstar need NOT act... he just need to be himself"!. At times Rajesh Khanna was at this conjucture.
Palkon ki Choan Mein was goood acting, but it failed to live up to his superstardom status. Result --> failure at the box-office.
All that was said: Rajesh Khanna was a good actor, but he is not without flaw like Abhijit would like to believe.
Palkon ki Choan Mein was goood acting, but it failed to live up to his superstardom status. Result --> failure at the box-office.--

Pl. at least you should not try to link between good acting with box office result. If it is so then we have to believe that during multistar era Amitahb, Jeetendra, Dharmendra etc. etc. all performed superbly in CHALU TYPE MASALA FILMS IN MID 70S AND 80S(WHICH WERE ACTUALLY PURE GARBAGE).

Kaka is Kaka because only he has the guts to do a role of Postman or Cook or Barber or Rickshapuller with full justice without bothering his HISTORIC FIRST SUPERSTAR IMAGE. So he is not only a good actor but A SUPERB THESPIAN.
MEE12

Manchester, UK

#119 Dec 14, 2011
Abhijit wrote:
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Palkon ki Choan Mein was goood acting, but it failed to live up to his superstardom status. Result --> failure at the box-office.--
Pl. at least you should not try to link between good acting with box office result. If it is so then we have to believe that during multistar era Amitahb, Jeetendra, Dharmendra etc. etc. all performed superbly in CHALU TYPE MASALA FILMS IN MID 70S AND 80S(WHICH WERE ACTUALLY PURE GARBAGE).
Kaka is Kaka because only he has the guts to do a role of Postman or Cook or Barber or Rickshapuller with full justice without bothering his HISTORIC FIRST SUPERSTAR IMAGE. So he is not only a good actor but A SUPERB THESPIAN.
Is he also as good as the almighty??

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Abhijit Roy

Azamgarh, India

#120 Dec 14, 2011
MEE12 wrote:
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Is he also as good as the almighty??
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HE HAS GIVEN THIS ANSWER DURING LUX ZEE CINE AWARD IN 2001 TO SRK WHILE RK HAD BEEN HONOURED WITH LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. WATCH THE VIDEO ON YOU TUBE.
THANKS,
MEE12

Chesterfield, UK

#121 Dec 14, 2011
Abhijit Roy wrote:
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HE HAS GIVEN THIS ANSWER DURING LUX ZEE CINE AWARD IN 2001 TO SRK WHILE RK HAD BEEN HONOURED WITH LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. WATCH THE VIDEO ON YOU TUBE.
THANKS,
Which means you think kaka is equivalent to the almighty!!

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Nag shankar

Guntur, India

#122 May 8, 2012
The moving of head and shaking of head is copied by Rajesh khanna from Dev anand . There is no doubt in it. This was done at the insistence of his dirctors in his earlier film ( may be late 60s and very early 70s). But can we find the traces of dev anand in Amar prem, or can amar prem be successful with dev anand. we would not have expected a anti roles of roti, dhanwan and red rose. Could we have expected the soft role of postman of palakon ki chaon from dev anand. Dev anand also did not do daku roles of rajesh khanna as he did in bhola bhala, and gora. Dev anand also lacks the facial expressions of complicated different situations as displayed widely and successfully by rajesh khanna. So the similarty end with the shaking of heads. Had rajesh khanna followed only the shaking of head style of dev anand, he would not have become a phenemon. kakaji developed his own unique and intense style in later years which places him class apart from others.
radzi

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#123 May 8, 2012
Nag shankar wrote:
The moving of head and shaking of head is copied by Rajesh khanna from Dev anand . There is no doubt in it. This was done at the insistence of his dirctors in his earlier film ( may be late 60s and very early 70s). But can we find the traces of dev anand in Amar prem, or can amar prem be successful with dev anand. we would not have expected a anti roles of roti, dhanwan and red rose. Could we have expected the soft role of postman of palakon ki chaon from dev anand. Dev anand also did not do daku roles of rajesh khanna as he did in bhola bhala, and gora. Dev anand also lacks the facial expressions of complicated different situations as displayed widely and successfully by rajesh khanna. So the similarty end with the shaking of heads. Had rajesh khanna followed only the shaking of head style of dev anand, he would not have become a phenemon. kakaji developed his own unique and intense style in later years which places him class apart from others.
Everybody except Manoj Kumar shakes their heads during those years. The differences are only in the amplitude and frequency or whether it can be categories as harmonic motions. The biggest shaker with the highest amplitude in my opinion was Shammi Kapoor!
Abhijit

Varanasi, India

#124 May 8, 2012
MEE12 wrote:
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Which means you think kaka is equivalent to the almighty!!
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Try to watch the Video referred by me and try to understand the meaning of his answer.
Abhijit

Varanasi, India

#125 May 8, 2012
Nag shankar wrote:
The moving of head and shaking of head is copied by Rajesh khanna from Dev anand . There is no doubt in it. This was done at the insistence of his dirctors in his earlier film ( may be late 60s and very early 70s). But can we find the traces of dev anand in Amar prem, or can amar prem be successful with dev anand. we would not have expected a anti roles of roti, dhanwan and red rose. Could we have expected the soft role of postman of palakon ki chaon from dev anand. Dev anand also did not do daku roles of rajesh khanna as he did in bhola bhala, and gora. Dev anand also lacks the facial expressions of complicated different situations as displayed widely and successfully by rajesh khanna. So the similarty end with the shaking of heads. Had rajesh khanna followed only the shaking of head style of dev anand, he would not have become a phenemon. kakaji developed his own unique and intense style in later years which places him class apart from others.
You are correct. A DEv Anand or any star of India in past or present never performed simultaneously Anand and Red Rose OR Dhanwan and Babu OR Avataar and Souten OR MLA and Shatru etc. etc. containing infinite range of versatility like KAKAJI...
So far as moving of head is concerned there is minute difference of style of Kakaji and Dev Saheb; we can not call it copy...
Rakesh Anand

Delhi, India

#126 Jul 29, 2012
I like these two actors the most - I have not only studied and analyzed their films but also their attitude towards their attitude towards life: Both of them are the 'greatest stars' in their own right. Both of them lived like the 'greatest stars' (in their minds) till their end. Though Dev Anand managed to live like the 'man-in-demand' because of his production company till his very end, Rajesh Khanna didn't enjoy that authority and had to depend on outside producers who didn't really need him any longer. Now, talking of style and acting skills: Dev was more westernized in his appearance(look at his dresses) and approach whereas Rajesh carried very good combination of western as well as Indian dresses. Both of them had their own unique style (if someone copies them, you can tell who's copying Dev and who's copying Rajesh). Though Dev's acting was quite natural (he wouldn't do over-acting), Rajesh's acting had quite an appeal, he was more versatile than Dev Anand and could play different characters quite well whereas Dev had imposed restrictions on his choice of characters....so, well, to summarize, I would say that from the point of view of an audience, it was very satisfying to see both of them in front of the camera...but...in the long run, one can see more Rajesh Khanna's films whereas on the other hand, one can get bore watching Dev Anand's films (since Dev hardly changes his style and looks the same in most of his films)....hopefully, they both can do some film together in the 'heaven' now and don't fight over 'Menaka' as their 'screen love'....
Devanandfan

Philadelphia, PA

#127 Jul 29, 2012
Dev Sahib stayed creative until Goldie was alive. Goldie directed some of his classics and afterwards discouraged/prevented Dev from making bad movies.

After Goldie's death there was no one to stop Dev from devaluing his own brand.

KakA did not have Goldie or anyone like him. He was his own godfather.

I feel that AB is becoming more like Dev Anand after Goldie. He is devaluing himself. He Should retire and stay away from cameras for the next 10 years. No more blogs. Otherwise I am afraid he stands to lose big time.

Kaka in the last month or so managed to get back his 1972 popularity and the media now openly accepts that Aradhana, Amar Prem, Kati Patang, Anand, Khamoshi, Safar, Andaaz, Haathi Mere Saathi, AAvishkar, and Aap Ki Kasam are classics.

Dev Anand, and Shammi Kapoor were by comparison ignored. I am sure Dharmendra, AB are a worried lot. How would posterity treat them?
MEE12

Kettering, UK

#128 Jul 29, 2012
Devanandfan wrote:
Dev Anand, and Shammi Kapoor were by comparison ignored. I am sure Dharmendra, AB are a worried lot. How would posterity treat them?
Not sure why Dharmji will be worried?
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Devanandfan

Philadelphia, PA

#129 Jul 30, 2012
Imagine we have a retrospective by fans on Dharam.
The idea is to show to the younger generation a body of work that is great and adheres by association to the actor. What movies will you show?

How about AB?

Jeetu?

And
Rishi Kapoor?
Mr A

Mumbai, India

#130 Aug 1, 2012
They have hardly anything to offer. Dharam can boast of some movies like Satyakam but the rest have nothing much.
Devanandfan

Philadelphia, PA

#131 Aug 1, 2012
Mr A wrote:
They have hardly anything to offer. Dharam can boast of some movies like Satyakam but the rest have nothing much.
No that is not true.
Dharam I can think of Sholay, Phool Aur Patthar, Yaadon Kin Baraat,and maybe Satyakam.
AB: Anand, Namak Haraam, Sholay, Deewaar, Zanjeer, Kabhi Kabhi
Rishi Kapoor: Bobby, Sargam, Doosra AAdmi, Kabhi Kabhi
Jeetu: Kinara, Parichay

Clearly among his contemporaries Kaka is way above.

Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor may be in Kaka's league.
radzi

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#132 Aug 1, 2012
Devanandfan wrote:
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Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor "may be" in Kaka's league.
Yes "may be".
Devanandfan

Philadelphia, PA

#133 Aug 2, 2012
Hmm...
Dilip Kumar - Mughal E- Azam, Naya Daur, Ganga Jumna, Ram Aur Shyam

Raj Kapoor: Anari, Shri 420, Awaara, Sangam, Mera Naam Joker

Dev Anand- Kala Baazar, Guide, Hum Dono, Jab Payyar Kisise Hota Hai, Jewel Thief, Johnny Mera Naam, Hare Rama Hare Krishna

Sanjeev Kumar: Khilona, Anubhav, Sholay, Aandhi

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