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Rajesh Khanna: A big Star or a Great Actor?

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Abhijit K Roy- Varanasi

Varanasi, India

#1 Nov 7, 2006
It is a point of discussion whether Rajesh Khanna should be judged in view of his First Super Star of the Country status or a Superb Actor status. If going through his complete career, it is apparent that besides his historic super star image, he always performs faultlessly and effortlessly by expressing inner human feelings diectly through heart. But majority of viewers/critics used to rate him normally in view of his Super Star Status and so in their view his highlighted duration of career is from 1969-1974. But fact is that he has given much robust performance in his later career during 1979-1990. From Amar Deep to Aa Aab Laut Chalein, he has shown tremendous versatility and rich rich performance in films after films. So in spite of the First Super Star of the Country, he is an actor par excellence as well.
Poonam- UK

Trombay, India

#2 Nov 7, 2006
Abhijit K Roy- Varanasi wrote:
It is a point of discussion whether Rajesh Khanna should be judged in view of his First Super Star of the Country status or a Superb Actor status. If going through his complete career, it is apparent that besides his historic super star image, he always performs faultlessly and effortlessly by expressing inner human feelings diectly through heart. But majority of viewers/critics used to rate him normally in view of his Super Star Status and so in their view his highlighted duration of career is from 1969-1974. But fact is that he has given much robust performance in his later career during 1979-1990. From Amar Deep to Aa Aab Laut Chalein, he has shown tremendous versatility and rich rich performance in films after films. So in spite of the First Super Star of the Country, he is an actor par excellence as well.
It is impossible to compare his performance in Amar Prem with Amar Deep and just like other films of both the periods mentioned above. He is equally versatile in both periods, but yes, with great difference of style.
Mona-909

Trombay, India

#3 Nov 7, 2006
Yes, his performance is really beyond description and the infinite range of variety is indeed uncomparable. Owing to his richest performance, he contributed, rather established an unique glorious path in commercial forest.
Yuktamukhi

Trombay, India

#4 Nov 7, 2006
Abhijit K Roy- Varanasi wrote:
It is a point of discussion whether Rajesh Khanna should be judged in view of his First Super Star of the Country status or a Superb Actor status. If going through his complete career, it is apparent that besides his historic super star image, he always performs faultlessly and effortlessly by expressing inner human feelings diectly through heart. But majority of viewers/critics used to rate him normally in view of his Super Star Status and so in their view his highlighted duration of career is from 1969-1974. But fact is that he has given much robust performance in his later career during 1979-1990. From Amar Deep to Aa Aab Laut Chalein, he has shown tremendous versatility and rich rich performance in films after films. So in spite of the First Super Star of the Country, he is an actor par excellence as well.
A most brilliant posting, I must say. But I think he is above all in Haathi Mere Saathi with a lot of animals. A most natural and faultless characterization of animal lover, indeed, which memorised us our childhood forever even after four decades, especially the song picturised on him "Dilbar Jani, Chali Hawa Mastani... Sare Soey, Tu Kyon Jage" with Tigers and elephants.
Latin

Trombay, India

#5 Nov 7, 2006
Dear friends, Please try to draw attention of Mr. Khanna towards this Forum. I think this is the best Forum just like his lovemarks site. It is surprising that instead of total cut-off with media world and silver screen, he is liked by so many people still after four decade. Really strange!
MANOHAR

India

#6 Nov 10, 2006
Rajesh Khanna is real hero and nobody can beat his record. He will be remembered years together not any other actor. He is the superstar for ever and nobody can break his record.
Miss Sabeena

India

#7 Nov 30, 2006
Rajesh Khanna is the hero of gold screen of indian cinema and he has given best performance in all his films which can be remembered for ever and ever. He is a greatest star of india and superstar of all times.
PN Rao

India

#8 Nov 30, 2006
Rajesh Khanna is a biggest star as well as greatest actor there is no doubt at all. His acting is so good and rich and he has pared his excellence as superstar
Harsh Thakor

Mumbai, India

#9 Dec 3, 2006
To me overall a great star rather than a truly great versatile actor.Brilliant in films like Anand,Safar,Amar Prem Etc but overall had a monotonous style.Historically at his peak made the greatest ever impact on the Indian public than any actor ever i the History of Bolywood but that is more because the Indian crowds wanted someone like him.REmember he faded after 1974 and never survived or displayed the tenacity of Amitabh Bachan,Dilip Kumar or Dev Anand.THse stars were virtually marathon men.
It maybe that the Indian film Industry did not do him trie justice by giving him stero-typed rol;es to please the masses.He had considerable talent but often flawed it trying to mantain asuperstar status.
A M Ganguly-Allahaba d

India

#10 Dec 3, 2006
Harsh Thakor wrote:
To me overall a great star rather than a truly great versatile actor.Brilliant in films like Anand,Safar,Amar Prem Etc but overall had a monotonous style.Historically at his peak made the greatest ever impact on the Indian public than any actor ever i the History of Bolywood but that is more because the Indian crowds wanted someone like him.REmember he faded after 1974 and never survived or displayed the tenacity of Amitabh Bachan,Dilip Kumar or Dev Anand.THse stars were virtually marathon men.
It maybe that the Indian film Industry did not do him trie justice by giving him stero-typed rol;es to please the masses.He had considerable talent but often flawed it trying to mantain asuperstar status.
I can not agree with you. When the question of monotonous performance arises, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Amitabh (to whom you have used the word Marathon men) are the real typed performers of the Indian movie with stero-typed roles.

Rajesh Khanna is Brilliant in Amar Deep, Thodi si Bewafai, Agar Tum Na Hote, Awataar, Amrit, Babu, Red Rose, Dhanwaan, etc. etc. etc.(Post 1974) as well.

Sir, he never faded after 1974, rather 1979 onwards (Post Amar Deep days) he was more and more versatile as a peerless performer in Aaj Ka MLA: Ram Avataar, Khudai, Dard, Babu, Shatru, Akhir Kyon, Rajput, Ashanti, Aa Aab Laut Chalein (1999)etc., etc.,etc. This period covers three decases (1970s, 1980s and 1990s).

Moreover, the most significant fact is that when the whole film industry was badly involved in making money through violence, sex, cheap comedy, item songs,etc. the ONE AND ONLY RAJESH KHANNA preferred to perform in SOCIAL FILMS WITH GREAT VARIETY and always did justice to them. In 1990s also, he appeared in a film called Aa Aab Laut Chalein, which is a pure social film in the age of sex-wave. His latest release Jana is also a social film, but perhaps due to lack of proper publicity it could not reach to masses in a desirable way.
Roopa

India

#11 Dec 4, 2006
Rajesh Khanna is a Great Actor, Superb Actor, Romantic Hero, Superstar and greatest of all times for ever
Sumita-sen

Varanasi, India

#12 Dec 6, 2006
It is difficult to describe actually what he is. But overall he is an all time Super fine Actor as well as the Pioneer Superstar of the country.
Archana

India

#13 Dec 29, 2006
Rajesh Khanna is the greatest actor and superstar of indian cinema. No actor can be compared with him he is always great.
anaad22

Singapore, Singapore

#14 Dec 30, 2006
cary grant,john wayne,gregory peck,steve mc queen were all superstars in their day. today they are either retired or gone. todays are leo, tom hanks, johnny depp etc.

same in india. rajesh was boxoffice king and HENCE superstar -once. today its SRK,Aamir,Hrithik etc. They are the supetstars NOW.

Lets wake up and cherish the memories and also enjoy todays realities.

Rajesh - either come back in a great role as suggested in the Open letter to rajesh khanna post -or- retire.

happy new year.
Stratis

Grand Rapids, MI

#15 Dec 31, 2006
anaad22 wrote:
cary grant,john wayne,gregory peck,steve mc queen were all superstars in their day. today they are either retired or gone. todays are leo, tom hanks, johnny depp etc.
same in india. rajesh was boxoffice king and HENCE superstar -once. today its SRK,Aamir,Hrithik etc. They are the supetstars NOW.
Lets wake up and cherish the memories and also enjoy todays realities.
Rajesh - either come back in a great role as suggested in the Open letter to rajesh khanna post -or- retire.
happy new year.
anaad,
first and foremost a happy and healthy new year to you.
i am 85% in agreement with what you have said here.
fantastic incredible things that rajesh khanna should listen to at least be open and gracious.
but i fear looking at his psychology he will not listen as he has not paid any attention to his lovemarks.com tributes at all although I feel he may be aware.is there a timewarp here or what?
again I want to say what a brilliant man you are and your suggestions excellent. but when khanna cannot answer the telephone from the Onassis etc and may very well be deemed of not sound mind what do you expect?
only a miracle could save now. i have to look after my own.
Mr. Roy said he would look into it, have yet to hear from him.
all the best to all the posters on the forum for 2007 especially health to all.
you are right about the do or die philosophy. I also say Rajesh Khanna if you beleive that thespian and actor mean "light" listen and have a look read this and lovemarks.com , open yourself; yesterday is HISTORY and tomorrow is no mystery as long as the blind are not leading the blind.
anaad many thanks,
stratis the Greek
Stratis

Grand Rapids, MI

#16 Dec 31, 2006
Latin wrote:
Dear friends, Please try to draw attention of Mr. Khanna towards this Forum. I think this is the best Forum just like his lovemarks site. It is surprising that instead of total cut-off with media world and silver screen, he is liked by so many people still after four decade. Really strange!
rajesh Khanna has the best pages on lovemarks.com .{better than anyone's on the site and his sis-in law has made it there Simpleji as costume designer liked that too she is pretty and talented}} they shake you up when you read them those postings about khanna saab and a lot of thought and effort have gone into those.Like captain Butler said in Gone with The Wind he dosen't give a damn for those postings or this forum.
so now in 2007 i will not give a damn about him either. enough. or Bas as you say in Hindi.
If we all leave him alone he will be relieved.people are interested but he is not intersted in people.
dim the arclights
happiness to all
Abhijit K Roy

Varanasi, India

#17 Jan 1, 2007
anaad22 wrote:
cary grant,john wayne,gregory peck,steve mc queen were all superstars in their day. today they are either retired or gone. todays are leo, tom hanks, johnny depp etc.
same in india. rajesh was boxoffice king and HENCE superstar -once. today its SRK,Aamir,Hrithik etc. They are the supetstars NOW.
Lets wake up and cherish the memories and also enjoy todays realities.
Rajesh - either come back in a great role as suggested in the Open letter to rajesh khanna post -or- retire.
happy new year.
Sir, Rajesh Khanna's status as Superstar was not only for hits of films; he is a most versatile classic performer as well. Rest of the others are called superstars(?) only in term of box office result; they are not class actors. And those who are class actors, they do not have any star value. SIR THIS IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RAJESH KHANNA AND OTHERS. TRY TO THINK WITH DEPTH.
Rizwan Khan

Valley, UK

#18 Jan 2, 2007
Rajesh khanna was a peice of shit.

Dont degrade the word "superstar" by calling him that.

Rajesh Khanna is just a peice of shit that belongs in the dump!
YP-Mall

India

#19 Jan 2, 2007
I have gone through the Rajesh Khanna Forum in detail and want to make certain points:
i) First of all it is apparent via the postings of this Forum that people are trying to drag him forcibly to perform again. I think this is absurd. It is his outlook whether he should perform now or not.
ii) Via internet, I have come to know that recently he is busy with some new films' shooting. Then why these people bother to force him, when he is already signed a number of films recently.
iii) Regarding his status as Superstar or so on and comparing him with others, in my opinion, if he is not interested in acting now, even then he should not be compared with another stars/actors. This is because of the reason that he has shown tremendous powerful performances with widest range for the last four decades irrespective of hits or flops of his films at Box office. And thus his career is much much higher standard than others of this generation as well as of his contemporaries. So let SRK, Hritik, etc. complete their career for atleast coming one decade, then we should think over comparing them with this LEGEND.
iv) At last if Mr. Khanna is serious to come back in near future, he should think over the valuable suggestions given by some most sensible persons in this Forum. First of all he has to adjust himself with the current environment, which perhaps he never adopt.
anaad22

Singapore, Singapore

#20 Jan 2, 2007
Mr Abhijeet K Roy states above that Rajesh was called a superstar for his classic performances in addition to BO draw. Will some one explain to him that Superstar= BO collections and mass hysteria.. Classic performers in our cinema are many and they are not called superstars if their movies are so so at the BoxOffice.
The day kaka stopped storming the BO he became the ex superstar and his throne went to ....
Lets not distort history.

Rajesh is a classic performer with the right project ...so were motilal, rehman, sanjeev, balraj sahni, naseeruddin,om puri , raaj kumar, etc etc ...the list can go on.

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