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“Super Star Rajesh Khanna”

Since: Jul 10

Secunderabad

#2 Nov 1, 2012
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Death of a Superstar – Remembering Rajesh Khanna

Having watched movies like Anand, Safar, Amar Prem and the like on Doordarshan, I, and most of my friends, thought these “new” movies like Souten and Alag Alag were pathetic attempts by a has-been star to come back. The fact that he was much better-looking in those older movies and had lost much of his good looks through a dissipated life full of alcohol abuse did not help him either. Eventually, even the rate of appearance of the new movies slowed down, and they finally stopped coming. Once in a while you would hear about a movie like Avtaar being a hit, but you never bothered to go see it. I think that, for me, the magic was in the Rajesh Khanna of the Anand days, and I really could not accept him in any other avatar.

His Films: The King of Romance and Much More
For, to me, as to millions more, he was the quintessential romance king. I could never forget the way he would wink and nod at Asha Parekh in “Yeh Shaam Mastani” or the smouldering look he had in “Roop Tera Mastana.” His charisma was so great that I remember watching Andaz as a small kid on TV but forgot all about Shammi Kapoor, who was the main actor in the film. With just 5 minutes of screen time, Rajesh Khanna stole the show with that fantastic song,“Zindagi ek Safar hai Suhana.” Only years later did I do a google search for that movie and find out that Khanna’s character dies very early in that movie.(Though I do remember the great children’s song,“Re mama re mama re,” I never connected it with that movie.) But that is Rajesh Khanna for you – when he was at his peak, you really didn’t notice anyone else.
But Khanna was much more than just the king of romance. He was a fairly good actor, and he chose films which were meaningful, with sensitive roles – often stories with complex romantic relationships. This was really the genre to which his emotive skills were best-suited. This age of sensitive family dramas gave way to the action genre with the rise of Amitabh, and though you occasionally had some intelligent stories, I think it is fair to say that good stories took a backseat with the rise of the action genre in Bollywood. And Rajesh Khanna will always remain in my mind a symbol of the times when good stories ruled and plot mattered.

With the rise of Amitabh Bachchan and the action movie genre, people deserted Rajesh Khanna. Khanna continued making his kind of films; they just didn’t sell. One could argue that he could have tried to reinvent himself as an action star, but I doubt he would have succeeded. It would have been very hard for anyone to compete with the Big B in the action genre at that time.

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“Super Star Rajesh Khanna”

Since: Jul 10

Secunderabad

#3 Nov 1, 2012
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Relationships with Directors

An analysis of the data given in the Wikipedia page on Rajesh Khanna’s filmography reveals that he has worked with as many as 90 different directors (not counting special appearances), which is a remarkably large number for any actor. Shakti Samanta was his favourite director, having been responsible for some of his all-time great hits such as Amar Prem, Kati Patang, and Aradhana. Khanna did 8 films with Samanta, including Awaaz, Ajnabee, and his home production, Alag Alag. Kaka also had unforgettable films with Hrishikesh Mukherjee, notably Anand, Namak Haram (both with Amitabh Bachchan), and Bawarchi, and also worked with him on Naukri. He also had 4 films with B.R. Ishara (who, incidentally, died yesterday – RIP) but most of these were forgettable fare in the later phase of his career. He had three films with J. Om Prakash, including the outstanding Aap Ki Kasam. He also had three films with Yash Chopra, including the critically acclaimed Daag and the song-less crime thriller Ittefaq.

One is led to question why Kaka did not have more solid partnerships with directors, which might have led to them insisting on him being in their films time after time. Perhaps his much-talked about mercurial personality is responsible for this. Stories of him always arriving late for shooting engagements with no concern for his co-stars, directors, or crew are legend.(To get an idea, see the outstanding BBC documentary on Rajesh Khanna, created in 1973, titled “Bombay Superstar.”)

At any rate, even one or two movies with many directors have turned into unforgettable films. Asit Sen had the unforgettable Khamoshi and Safar, both featuring terrific performances by Khanna, and some unforgettable music. Chetan Anand made only two movies with Kaka, but one of them was his first release, Aakhri Khat, which he was contractually obligated to sign Khanna for because Khanna won the national acting contest, and the other, Kudrat, featured some fine performances which even garnered Khanna an award nomination. Manmohan Desai made two movies with Khanna, and one of them, Saccha Jhoota, was one of Khanna’s biggest hits. Din Dayal Sharma made just one film, Tyaag, with Khanna, but it was nominated for a Filmfare award. Basu Bhattacharya made only one film, Aavishkar, with Khanna, but that fetched him a Filmfare award. Basu Chatterjee directed Kaka in just one film, Chakravyuha, but it fetched Kaka an award nomination. Dulal Guha made the highly successful Dushman, but no other with Khanna. Lekh Tandon scored big with Khanna with Agar Tum Na Hote. There are other examples, but one does wonder whether, despite the trend towards action-based movies and the Amitabh wave of the late 70s and 80s, Rajesh Khanna could have continued to succeed with his brand of sensitive, complex emotional dramas, had he but known better how to cultivate relationships with people in the film industry.

During his decline that started in the mid 70s and continued to the end of his life, he did a lot of films with many South Indian directors, who still believed in the superstar image of Rajesh Khanna. Notable among these were Dasari Narayana Rao, K. Bapayya, K. Raghavendra Rao, C.V. Sridhar, A.C. Trilokchander, S.A. Chandrasekhar, R. Thyagarajan, and even the legendary Bharatiraja, who chose Khanna to remake his “Red Rose” which starred Kamal Hasan in the original Tamil. Such was the respect people in the South had, both for Kaka’s acting skills and his superstar marketability.

“Super Star Rajesh Khanna”

Since: Jul 10

Secunderabad

#5 Nov 1, 2012
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Of actresses who acted in just a few movies with Kaka, it is important to mention Nanda, who was an established actress and acted with Khanna in some of his earliest movies such as The Train and Ittefaq; Waheeda, who acted with Khanna in Khamoshi and, like Nanda, played an important role in recommending him to producers; Tanuja, who acted with Khanna in 3 films, two of which were hits, namely Haathi mere Saathi and Mere Jeevan Saathi; and the extremely talented Jaya Bhaduri (now Bachchan), who only acted with Khanna in one film; however, this singular partnership gave rise to a highly entertaining and successful film, Bawarchi.

The Music of Rajesh Khanna Films

Ultimately, though, Indian movie stars are most strongly connected to their audience through the music of their films. A good soundtrack can make or break a film. Let’s face it – most Indian movies have hackneyed plots and, with few exceptions, don’t warrant repeated viewing. The portions of the movie that have the greatest recall value are the songs, if they are good. In this regard Kaka was extraordinarily fortunate. In at least this department, he maintained strong relationships with some music directors and one particular singer who, singlehandedly, is responsible for much of the magic of Rajesh Khanna – Kishore Kumar.

I get tired of watching “Top 10” lists of Rajesh Khanna hits on TV programs. There are so many good songs there; how do you pick the top 10? It is really impossible. I find such programs quite lazy, really, listing only the obvious hits (e.g., Zindagi ka Safar) and ignoring several gems that are not as well-known as they deserve to be.

So I have created, after listening to practically every song in almost every movie of his (until 1991, after which point I realized that no one was writing songs for him – he was usually appearing in movies as a character actor then onwards), a comprehensive list of all his hit songs and good songs. As in my earlier article about Dev Anand’s songs, I have also included songs in which there is no male lead singer, provided the male actor is present in the picturization, because I believe that his mere presence contributes to the effect of the song.

Many of my selections in the list will be incontrovertible choices; an example of such a selection is the all-time classic “Zindagi ka Safar” from Safar (1970). But some have been included because they were popular at the time, even though they may not represent a milestone in musicality. An example of such a song is “Chhod maza haath mala peene de,” which I remember to be quite a popular song at the time, though obviously no one would claim that it is a great song.

Such a list, by definition, is subjective, although I would hope that most of the songs in the list would be on anyone else’s list as well. I also could only listen to those songs that either I possessed or that I could listen to on the internet. I made the reasonable assumption that a song that no one would care to put up on a website probably wasn’t worth listening to anyway. And that is saying a lot, considering I had to filter out a lot of trash to come up with this list.

The Appendix shows the comprehensive list of Kaka’s hits. Over a period of 21 years, from 1966 until 1987, I found 159 songs worthy of repeated listening and hence qualified to be in this list. Some will be obvious to you; others, I hope, will be pleasant discoveries. The song titles are hyperlinked to youtube. Several things stand out on examination of this list, which I will discuss in greater detail below.

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“Super Star Rajesh Khanna”

Since: Jul 10

Secunderabad

#7 Nov 1, 2012
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Singers :

Figure 4. Singers for Rajesh Khanna’s Songs

I could end this section simply with Figure 4 and no one would complain – this one figure says it all as far as singers for Khanna’s songs are concerned. The complete domination of Kishore Kumar over all other singers when it comes to Rajesh Khanna cannot be elaborated by an essay of any length more eloquently than this figure. The utter belief of Rajesh Khanna that Kishore Kumar was the only person who could be his “voice” is borne out by the following story that you might have heard.

Apparently during the making of Dushman in 1972, Kishore Kumar got to know that he had to sing a qawwali,“Jhoota hai tera waada, waada tera waada.” Kishore Kumar protested that qawwalis were not his forte and that Kaka might do better to ask Mohammad Rafi to sing the song, since Rafi was very good at singing these songs. Kaka just told Kishore,“Ok, then we’ll drop the song.” On being told this, Kishore said it was too good a song to drop and he would sing it. The result is amazing.

The other great story that many would have heard about the great friendship between Kishore and Kaka is that when Kaka produced his first film, Alag Alag (1985), Kishore refused to accept a single paisa as a fee. His contention was that his own resurgence and superstardom as a singer was due to Kaka’s Aradhana, and so it would not be right of him to charge Kaka money for his own film.

But the real insight we get from this picture is about who else sang for Rajesh Khanna. I was really surprised to know that the wonderful songs “Teri aankhon ki chahat mein” and “Humse ka bhool hui” were sung for Rajesh Khanna, not by Mohammad Rafi, as I had always assumed, but by Anwar Hussain, a man who has a voice that seems like a perfect copy of Rafi’s. Wonder why this guy did not make it big.

Another surprise was Manhar Udhas singing “Jeevan saathi saath mein rehna” from Amrit (1986). And Suresh Wadkar, whom I have always liked, chips in with a nice song for Kaka in Mithun’s Disco Dancer, in which Kaka plays mentor to the young dancer.

And in case you are wondering which song RD Burman has sung for Kaka (if you REALLY don’t know), it is that immortal “Duniya mein, logon ko” from Apna Desh (1972), a rocking, timeless song with Kaka and Mumtaz on screen and RD and Asha on playback.

Hits Through The Years

A real surprise for me was to know how many hit songs Kaka had even after his peak years were far behind him. Figure 5 shows the year-wise distribution of the 159 selected songs in my list over the years.

Figure 5. Distribution of Kaka’s Hit Songs Over the Years

The correlation between good music and hit movies is obvious from this graph. The years 1971-1972 were the years of Kaka’s superstardom – these were the years in which he delivered 15 consecutive super hit movies – a record that will likely never be broken. In each of these years, he had 24 super hit songs!!!

But the interesting thing about this graph is that Kaka always had good luck with songs. Even in his late period, from 1980-86, he had an average of almost 6 hits a year, which is quite an accomplishment. This is probably one of the reasons why he continued to be a bankable star even in the mid-80s. Eventually, though, all the make-up in the world cannot hide your age, and he stopped getting songs featured on him in movies, which is why the hit parade ends in 1987.
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“Super Star Rajesh Khanna”

Since: Jul 10

Secunderabad

#8 Nov 1, 2012
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Concluding Thoughts :

The persona of an Indian actor is moulded by five main ingredients – his own personality and charisma, good stories, great, visionary directors, talented music directors and, finally, great singers to give playback to the actors. The combination of all these factors is what the Indian audience sees and remembers. Rajesh Khanna was a gifted actor with matchless charisma. He was also fortunate to have great people help him in all the other departments. He had directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Shakti Samanta make great movies for him; he had good stories like Anand, Namak Haram, Amar Prem, and Khamoshi to display his histrionic skills in; excellent music directors like Pancham and LP to give him great music for the songs in his films; and finally the late, great Kishore Kumar, to make Khanna’s character soar on screen with his heavenly baritone. Fuelled by all these factors, he reached heights which can perhaps never be matched in the history of Hindi cinema.

His rise was meteoric in the way most people cannot even dream of; yet it was probably this rise that destroyed him. People who criticize his behaviour should understand that he experienced the sort of adulation that most of us can never imagine getting. And, like him, we would also not know how to react properly if we ever got that kind of adulation. He himself has admitted that he did not know how to handle the adulation. There is a story I heard from a friend how Kaka went once to Chandigarh and people prostrated themselves on the floor all along the red carpet so he could walk over them on the way to the stage rather than walk on the floor. That is a kind of adulation even our present superstar, Amitabh Bachchan, probably never experienced.

His loss of fame and prestige, after scaling such heights was, therefore, all the more difficult to bear. His later period was marked with grief, bitterness, and disappointment; people who could have helped him regain some of his standing in the industry did not help him – they probably remembered his misbehaviour during his heyday and wanted their revenge. And yet he persevered in acting in films, for that was what defined him, and today he has left us with a rich treasure house of memories, not only from his golden days but, through his songs, from his later films as well, until he could not give us any more.

Thinking of his golden songs, perhaps it is fitting that he died during the monsoon season in Mumbai. For, as he says in this immortal number from Anurodh through Kishore Kumar's golden voice,

Jab dard nahin tha seene mein,
Tab khaak mazaa tha jeene mein
Ab ke shaayad, hum bhi royen
Sawan ke mahine mein

When there was no sorrow in the heart,
There was no joy in life
Now, perhaps, even I will shed tears,
In the season of the rains.

But all the tears and the rains cannot wash away the beautiful memories that you have created for us with a lifetime of work, Kaka. Your songs and movies will continue to cheer and inspire us – for generations to come.

So, thank you for the memories, Kaka. And hope you have found that peace in death which eluded you all your life.

Acknowledgement

I would like to thank my wife, Sandhya Srinivasan, for her help in bouncing off ideas on songs for the list, for her suggestions regarding this article, and for her help in proof-reading this article.

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“Super Star Rajesh Khanna”

Since: Jul 10

Secunderabad

#9 Nov 1, 2012
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Appendix: Kumar's List of the Best Rajesh Khanna Songs

No.

Song Title

Movie

Year

Music Director
1

Bahaaron mera jeevan bhi sanwaaro

Aakhri Khat

1966

Khayyam
2

Aaja piya tohe pyaar doon

Bahaaron ke Sapne

1967

RD Burman
3

Kya jaanoon sajan

Bahaaron ke Sapne

1967

RD Burman
4

Akele hain chale aao

Raaz

1967

Kalyanji Anandji
5

Baagon mein bahaar hai

Aradhana

1969

SD Burman
6

Gunguna rahe hain bhanware

Aradhana

1969

SD Burman
7

Kora kagaz tha yeh man mera

Aradhana

1969

SD Burman
8

Mere sapnon ki rani

Aradhana

1969

SD Burman
9

Roop tera mastana

Aradhana

1969

SD Burman
10

Aa jaao aa bhi jaao

Bandhan

1969

Kalyanji Anandji
11

Bindiya chamkegi

Do Raaste

1969

Laxmikant Pyarelal
12

Chhup gaye saare nazaare

Do Raaste

1969

Laxmikant Pyarelal
13

Mere naseeb mein ae dost tera pyaar nahin

Do Raaste

1969

Laxmikant Pyarelal
14

Yeh reshmi zulfen

Do Raaste

1969

Laxmikant Pyarelal
15

Woh shaam kucch ajeeb thi

Khamoshi

1969

Hemant Kumar
16

Dil ko dekho chehra na dekho

Saccha Jhutha

1970

Kalyanji Anandji
17

Meri pyaari behaniya banegi dulhaniya

Saccha Jhutha

1970

Kalyanji Anandji
18

Yoon hi tum mujhse baat karti ho

Saccha Jhutha

1970

Kalyanji Anandji
19

Hum the jinke sahaare

Safar

1970

Kalyanji Anandji
20

Jeevan se bhari teri aankhen

Safar

1970

Kalyanji Anandji
21

Zindagi ka safar

Safar

1970

Kalyanji Anandji
22

Gulabi aankhen jo teri dekhi

The Train

1970

RD Burman
23

Ab aan milo sajna

Aan Milo Sajna

1971

Laxmikant Pyarelal
24

Accha to hum chalte hain

Aan Milo Sajna

1971

Laxmikant Pyarelal
25

Jawani oh diwani tu zindabad

Aan Milo Sajna

1971

Laxmikant Pyarelal

26

Tere kaaran mere saajan

Aan Milo Sajna

1971

Laxmikant Pyarelal
27

Kahin door jab din dhal jaaye

Anand

1971

Salil Chaudhary
28

Maine tere liye hi saat rang ke sapne chune

Anand

1971

Salil Chaudhary
29

Zindagi kaisi hai paheli haaye

Anand

1971

Salil Chaudhary
30

Zindagi ek safar hai suhana

Andaz

1971

Shankar Jaikishan
31

Yeh raat hai pyaasi pyaasi

Chhoti Bahu

1971

Kalyanji Anandji
32

Chal chal chal mere saathi

Haathi mere Saathi

1971

Laxmikant Pyarelal
33

Dilbar jaani chali hawa mastaani

Haathi mere Saathi

1971

Laxmikant Pyarelal
34

Duniya mein rehna hai to kaam kar pyaare

Haathi mere Saathi

1971

Laxmikant Pyarelal
35

Sunja aa thandi hawa

Haathi mere Saathi

1971

Laxmikant Pyarelal

36

Aaj na chodenge bas humjoli

Kati Patang

1971

RD Burman
37

Jis gali mein tera ghar na ho balma

Kati Patang

1971

RD Burman
38

Na koi umang hai

Kati Patang

1971

RD Burman
39

Pyaar deewana hota hai

Kati Patang

1971

RD Burman
40

Ye jo mohabbat hai

Kati Patang

1971

RD Burman

41

Ye shaam mastani

Kati Patang

1971

RD Burman
42

Gussa itna haseen ho to

Maryada

1971

Kalyanji Anandji
43

Zuban pe dard bhari dastaan

Maryada

1971

Kalyanji Anandji
44

Itna to yaad hai mujhe

Mehboob Ki mehndi

1971

Laxmikant Pyarelal
45

Mere deewanepan ki bhi dawa nahin

Mehboob Ki mehndi

1971

Laxmikant Pyarelal
46

Yeh jo chilman hai, dushman hai hamari

Mehboob Ki mehndi

1971

Laxmikant Pyarelal
47

Chingari koi bhadke

Amar Prem

1972

RD Burman
48

Kucch to log kahenge

Amar Prem

1972

RD Burman
49

Raina beeti jaaye

Amar Prem

1972

RD Burman
50

Yeh kya hua kaise hua kab hua kyon hua

Amar Prem

1972

RD Burman

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“Super Star Rajesh Khanna”

Since: Jul 10

Secunderabad

#11 Nov 1, 2012
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01

Mere naina sawan bhadon (Lata version)

Mehbooba

1976

RD Burman
102

Parbat ke peeche

Mehbooba

1976

RD Burman
103

Main aashiq hoon bahaaron ka

Aaashiq Hoon Bahaaron Ka

1977

Laxmikant Pyarelal
104

Aap ke anurodh pe

Anurodh

1977

Laxmikant Pyarelal
105

Aate jaate khubsoorat awara sadkon pe

Anurodh

1977

Laxmikant Pyarelal
106

Jab dard nahin tha seene mein

Anurodh

1977

Laxmikant Pyarelal
107

Mere dil ne tadap ke jab naam tera pukaara

Anurodh

1977

Laxmikant Pyarelal
108

Yaar dildaar tujhe kaisa chahiye

Chhaila Babu

1977

Laxmikant Pyarelal
109

Samay tu dheere dheere chal

Karm

1977

RD Burman
110

Maine dekha tujhe tune dekha mujhe

Karm

1977

RD Burman
111

Samay tu jaldi jaldi chal

Karm

1977

RD Burman
112

Allah megh de

Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein

1977

Laxmikant Pyarelal
113

Daakiya daak laya

Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein

1977

Laxmikant Pyarelal
114

Ghunghta gira hai

Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein

1977

Laxmikant Pyarelal
115

Dheere dheere nach ri jogan

Bhola Bhala

1978

RD Burman
116

Humse ka bhool hui jo ke saza hum ka mili

Janata Havaldar

1979

Rajesh Roshan
117

Teri ankhon ki chahat mein

Janata Havaldar

1979

Rajesh Roshan
VIPIN

Noida, India

#13 Nov 2, 2012
Dear V.Manohar Ji

Bohot khushi hui jaan kar.

Ye fans other than KAKAJI ke liye "LAL MIRCH HAIA"

V.Mnohar Ji many many thanks for sharing good information.
Nag shankar

Guntur, India

#14 Nov 3, 2012
Dear V. Manohar ji . thanks for giving wonderful information about our beloved kakaji and the list of classic songs of kakaji. Aaj dil bahut khush ho gaya.
Kranti

Mumbai, India

#15 Nov 4, 2012
rblakshmi wrote:
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Having watched movies like Anand, Safar, Amar Prem and the like on Doordarshan, I, and most of my friends, thought these “new” movies like Souten and Alag Alag were pathetic attempts by a has-been star to come back. The fact that he was much better-looking in those older movies and had lost much of his good looks through a dissipated life full of alcohol abuse did not help him either. Eventually, even the rate of appearance of the new movies slowed down, and they finally stopped coming. Once in a while you would hear about a movie like Avtaar being a hit, but you never bothered to go see it. I think that, for me, the magic was in the Rajesh Khanna of the Anand days, and I really could not accept him in any other avatar.
His Films: The King of Romance and Much More
For, to me, as to millions more, he was the quintessential romance king. I could never forget the way he would wink and nod at Asha Parekh in “Yeh Shaam Mastani” or the smouldering look he had in “Roop Tera Mastana.” His charisma was so great that I remember watching Andaz as a small kid on TV but forgot all about Shammi Kapoor, who was the main actor in the film. With just 5 minutes of screen time, Rajesh Khanna stole the show with that fantastic song,“Zindagi ek Safar hai Suhana.” Only years later did I do a google search for that movie and find out that Khanna’s character dies very early in that movie.(Though I do remember the great children’s song,“Re mama re mama re,” I never connected it with that movie.) But that is Rajesh Khanna for you – when he was at his peak, you really didn’t notice anyone else.
But Khanna was much more than just the king of romance. He was a fairly good actor, and he chose films which were meaningful, with sensitive roles – often stories with complex romantic relationships. This was really the genre to which his emotive skills were best-suited. This age of sensitive family dramas gave way to the action genre with the rise of Amitabh, and though you occasionally had some intelligent stories, I think it is fair to say that good stories took a backseat with the rise of the action genre in Bollywood. And Rajesh Khanna will always remain in my mind a symbol of the times when good stories ruled and plot mattered.
With the rise of Amitabh Bachchan and the action movie genre, people deserted Rajesh Khanna. Khanna continued making his kind of films; they just didn’t sell. One could argue that he could have tried to reinvent himself as an action star, but I doubt he would have succeeded. It would have been very hard for anyone to compete with the Big B in the action genre at that time.
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We never bothered to go see Film Avtaar ??? What the hell, we are reading here ???
Also, it is as sucking to tell thatIt would have been very hard for anyone to compete with the Big B in the action genre at that time....reason, Vinod Khanna was always considered as much better than Amitabh in each n every films they worked together...Shatrughan Sinha has always kept Amitabh below his foot with his Damdaar acting & powerful screen presence & dialogue delivery...Amitabh was looking like a pig before Dharmendra in all films they worked together >>>
Amitabh didn't work with Rajesh Khanna further after Anand & Namak Haraam, as with his great characterisation & outstanding screen presence, Rajesh Khanna proved that Amitabh is just a child before him...
But, hired media & people or people influenced with their crap write ups think otherwise.....
we don't care for them !!!!
Kranti

Mumbai, India

#16 Nov 4, 2012
Where is Amitabh today ????

He is just a star of Garbage films,though, very few of his films could have been worth watching...

Contrary to this, Rajesh Khanna's most films are all time classic & best..

Forum Friends, who really declined....Rajesh Khanna got 86% votes for greatest superstar Yahoo poll & most polls held recently & he has defeated Amitabh (AB got only 14 % votes)...

So where are the bastard hired media & people today stating that popularity of Rajesh Khanna declined/diminished ?????

Can anyone whose popularity is diminished get 86% votes ?????

Rajesh Khanna won the All India Talent Contest......the same Talent Contest, in Which, Amitabh was not selected.....can we compare an All India contest winner with a looser of the contest, no matter he later got some success with most garbage films ?????

Even a prostitute earns lots of money & gets lots of success, so can we compare a valueless person with a value based person ????

NO !!!!!!!!!!
Kranti

Mumbai, India

#17 Nov 4, 2012
In fact, it is neither a decline nor anything else similar to that for Rajesh Khanna...

Amitabh got success, but like many more , like Anil Kapoor, Govinda etc...etc...In his time, Govinda kept Amitabh below his foot (Amitabh has even forced to work as side actor with Govinda in Film are Miyan, Chhote Miyan), which was around his (Amitabh's) bankrupcy or so , so time was up for Amitabh !!!!

That way, Amitabh's decline was worst than any other actor in the entire history of Film Industry

Similarly, Anil Kapoor also kept Amitabh below his foot, during his (Anil's) heydays...

But, notably, with superhits like Avtaar & Souten, Aaj ka MLA, Maqsad etc..., Rajesh Khanna has finished the film career of Amitabh Bachchan !!!!!!!

After that, newbies took the charge....Amitabh was simply out of the game at box office...., but like always, he managed to be in limelight with his cheap self promotion activities & hired media...
Kranti

Mumbai, India

#18 Nov 4, 2012
Today, Amitabh is still working in TV advt. etc. due to his money mindedness, chamchaagiri of bosses of big banners, elastic nature (being elastic is no bad thing completely however) etc...etc...

But, Amitabh did n't have value, like Rajesh Khannna !!!!

Rajesh Khanna maintained his superstar status till the end & same Yash Chopra
etc...etc.. returned back to him, he (Rajesh Khanna) never went to Yash Chopra to get a role, but Amitabh went there !!!!

Very clearly, status of superstar Rajesh Khanna
was much superior to Amitabh Bachchan in all respect....

Today, can we compare the films of Amitabh (mostly garbage) with films of Rajesh Khanna (mostly all time classic & best)??????

No !!!!!!!!!!

Rajesh Khanna will always be remembered as First Superstar of Indian Film Industry & classic film actor and Amitabh will always be known as star of garbage films.....

VIPIN

Noida, India

#19 Nov 4, 2012
RAJESH JI ki tareef main unke fans aur chahne wale ek pura granth likh sakte haian.

That is why this has been told for him.

"KAKAJI WAS NEXT TO GOD ON EARTH"

Ye chund logo ki irshya haia jo iske against bolte haian.

Media ya TRP kisi star ke badhe hone ka parameter nahi ho sakta.

KAKAJI ki fan following badhi haia AB aur dusre stars se isle KAKJAI AKELE SUPERSTAR THE HAIAN AUR RAHEINGE.
MEE12

UK

#21 Nov 5, 2012
Kranti wrote:
Where is Amitabh today ????
He is just a star of Garbage films,though, very few of his films could have been worth watching...
Kranti ji,

What do you mean where is Amitabh today?

I'm not having a go at you and you may not agree with me, but where has Rajesh Khanna been in the last 20 years?

Considering AB & Kaka are both the same age.
.
VIPIN

Noida, India

#22 Nov 5, 2012
Dear Kranti

MR.MEE12 is alone here to protect or maintain AB's image.

KAKAJI to 28 years limelight me rahe bina aaj bhi logo ki jindgi ka hissa haia.

AB 28 months bhi limelight se dur raha gaye to pata bhi nahi chalega ki kaun puchta haia.
Dev

Chennai, India

#23 Nov 5, 2012
MEE12 wrote:
<quoted text>Kranti ji,
What do you mean where is Amitabh today?
I'm not having a go at you and you may not agree with me, but where has Rajesh Khanna been in the last 20 years?
Considering AB & Kaka are both the same age.
.
Kakaji was at ASHIRWAD , Carter Road , Mumbai. Amitabh was on roads begging for roles around the directors, producers even at the age of 70. He has promoted an unfit muff "Abhishek" to the film industry & troubling people. You look at Rakesh Roshan who was fairly successful but promoted his son , Hrithik , the heart throob to the industry. people are very happy with Hrithik. Like father Amitabh SO THE SON Abhishek , the flop actor.
Rasik Patel

London, UK

#24 Nov 6, 2012
MEE12 wrote:
<quoted text>Kranti ji,
What do you mean where is Amitabh today?
I'm not having a go at you and you may not agree with me, but where has Rajesh Khanna been in the last 20 years?
Considering AB & Kaka are both the same age.
.
Friends,

Why on this forum is there so much negitivity on Amithab Bachan?
Yes Kakaji was the first to be called Superstar - and the hight of his fame was phonomanal the films he acted in are classics -
The songs picturised on him are immortal.
His record of 15 straight hits is unbroken.
However in the middle of his success he decided to have a non stop super party and took his eye off the prize.
This is not in anyway Amithab's Fault.
directors were fed up of Kakaji being late and even forgetting lines due to drinking and over signing films.
He quickly started to get dropped by film makers and fans. When Dimple walked out on him this was the end of Rajesh Khanna - as he just partied and drunk till death.
MEE12

UK

#25 Nov 6, 2012
Rasik Patel wrote:
<quoted text>
Friends,
Why on this forum is there so much negitivity on Amithab Bachan?
Yes Kakaji was the first to be called Superstar - and the hight of his fame was phonomanal the films he acted in are classics -
The songs picturised on him are immortal.
His record of 15 straight hits is unbroken.
However in the middle of his success he decided to have a non stop super party and took his eye off the prize.
This is not in anyway Amithab's Fault.
directors were fed up of Kakaji being late and even forgetting lines due to drinking and over signing films.
He quickly started to get dropped by film makers and fans. When Dimple walked out on him this was the end of Rajesh Khanna - as he just partied and drunk till death.
Rasik ji,

These people keep forgetting that this is a Rajesh Khanna forum.

I've beginning to think they might be AB fans.

As you know Rasik ji, I am only here to correct deluded members.
.
MEE12

UK

#26 Nov 6, 2012
Dev wrote:
<quoted text>
Kakaji was at ASHIRWAD , Carter Road , Mumbai. Amitabh was on roads begging for roles around the directors, producers even at the age of 70. He has promoted an unfit muff "Abhishek" to the film industry & troubling people. You look at Rakesh Roshan who was fairly successful but promoted his son , Hrithik , the heart throob to the industry. people are very happy with Hrithik. Like father Amitabh SO THE SON Abhishek , the flop actor.
Dev ji,

Am I really bothered what AB does?

No.

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