Rajesh Khanna, the phenomenon

Rajesh Khanna, the phenomenon

There are 82 comments on the Rediff.com story from Dec 29, 2007, titled Rajesh Khanna, the phenomenon. In it, Rediff.com reports that:

Tom Alter had once said in an interview that when he entered the film institute in Pune, theatre was not in his mind. via Rediff.com

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Abhijit

Varanasi, India

#1 Dec 30, 2007
It is a nice article on the occasion of 65th Birthday of First Superstar of the Nation. However, I have found following errors in the article:
i) His Superstardom period (in term of Box office results) is from 1969-1974 in stead of 1972.
ii) While performed with Tina Munim, he never performed with Mumtaz during that era.
iii) Second innings seems most in-appropriate, as without any break he performed during the period 1975-1991 and gave most outstanding performances and hits, superhits, average hits with a good number of flops,(which are most of standard category films) except some exceptions, during that period. His actual second innings will be perhaps 2008 onwards.
radzi

Klang, Malaysia

#2 Dec 31, 2007
It seems to say that Rajesh left Anju before he tasted his first success?

As usual, these writers are never credible.
radzi

Klang, Malaysia

#3 Dec 31, 2007
Interestingly, if you were to read under Sharmila, there is something we had been discussing a lot here in this forum:

......Now, Sharmila is shooting with one-time arch rival, Raakhee, for Rituparno Ghosh's Bengali film Shubho Mahurat. In her heyday, when Sharmila shot with Mala Sinha for Humsaaya and later with Raakhee for Daag, the studio would be colder than an igloo due to the icy vibes between the actresses.
radzi

Klang, Malaysia

#4 Jan 4, 2008
There are 38 responses on the Rediff article. That is amazing good for a yesteryears "superstar" that was termed as "my grandmother favorite actor" by one of the posters.
Abhijit

Varanasi, India

#5 Jan 4, 2008
radzi wrote:
There are 38 responses on the Rediff article. That is amazing good for a yesteryears "superstar" that was termed as "my grandmother favorite actor" by one of the posters.
Yes, it is history that fan followers of Rajesh Khanna belong to age group of six to sixty plus, and this is still continuing. I have already stated that in my own home my daughter (12 yrs.)used to watch his films' CD/DVD with my mother (75 plus). Moreover, in K for Kishore (in Sony channels latest reality show on songs based on Kishore Kumar) about 90% songs of Kishore Kumar are being sung by the participants from the films of Superstar Rajesh Khanna.
anaad22

Singapore, Singapore

#6 Jan 18, 2008
Avishkar: Till death do us part
19 Jan, 2008, 0221 hrs IST,Omkar Sapre, TNN

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From being the voice behind Kajolís Awara Bhawarein and hitting the top of the charts, to Chak De teamís spirited Badal Pe Paaon Hain, it was a long journey for Hema Sardesai. She is among the very few singers who has sung along with Amitabh Bachchan (Baghban), Shah Rukh Khan (Josh), Govinda (Hum Do Hamara Do) and Naseeruddin Shah (Asambhav). Lately, She has been making headlines for her non-film association like Save the Girl campaign, and the anti- SEZ agitation in Goa. A ardent fan of Hindi films, Hema talks about the 1973 classic Avishkar, which helped shape her social understanding.

I saw Avishkar a long while ago yet I remember the film well and the message it conveyed. The movie revolves around the two protagonists played by Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. The film is not only entertaining, but also underlines the point that each individual is important and one must not take anyone for granted. It is a film all married couples should see. It left a lasting impression on me.

It was a significant film for Sharmila Tagore as herís was a de-glamorised role. In fact, just prior to the film she had created an uproar when she was seen on screen in a bikini. That was the bold and beautiful image she was associated with and then she was suddenly seen in a completely different role. Rajesh Khanna also has done a brilliant role. The film was directed by Basu Bhattacharya and was an artistically acclaimed film.

The film is about a couple who is in love, gets married and as they begin to take each other for granted, their marriage gets sore. Before marriage, Amar (Rajesh Khanna) and Mansi (Sharmila Tagore) are seen going around with each other discussing their future life. They get married and hire a taxi-cab for a day, just to drive around and have fun on their first marriage anniversary.

They have a child and later their happiness is cut short as ego issues start to culminate. Mansi is disgruntled and she struggles to keep her marriage intact amid bouts of anger and remorse. Incidents that take place through their lives, make them realise their mistakes and later they get down to saving their marriage and discussing about what went wrong.

I enjoyed the performances of both Khanna and Tagore. The film was brilliantly made in a low budget. It was shot on simple locations. The flow of words, actions and emotions is everything that the film has survived on. It is a simple movie, but these three things will keep you glued to the screen.

As told to Omkar Sapre
Abhijit

Varanasi, India

#7 Jan 19, 2008
anaad22 wrote:
Avishkar: Till death do us part
19 Jan, 2008, 0221 hrs IST,Omkar Sapre, TNN
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From being the voice behind Kajolís Awara Bhawarein and hitting the top of the charts, to Chak De teamís spirited Badal Pe Paaon Hain, it was a long journey for Hema Sardesai. She is among the very few singers who has sung along with Amitabh Bachchan (Baghban), Shah Rukh Khan (Josh), Govinda (Hum Do Hamara Do) and Naseeruddin Shah (Asambhav). Lately, She has been making headlines for her non-film association like Save the Girl campaign, and the anti- SEZ agitation in Goa. A ardent fan of Hindi films, Hema talks about the 1973 classic Avishkar, which helped shape her social understanding.
I saw Avishkar a long while ago yet I remember the film well and the message it conveyed. The movie revolves around the two protagonists played by Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. The film is not only entertaining, but also underlines the point that each individual is important and one must not take anyone for granted. It is a film all married couples should see. It left a lasting impression on me.
It was a significant film for Sharmila Tagore as herís was a de-glamorised role. In fact, just prior to the film she had created an uproar when she was seen on screen in a bikini. That was the bold and beautiful image she was associated with and then she was suddenly seen in a completely different role. Rajesh Khanna also has done a brilliant role. The film was directed by Basu Bhattacharya and was an artistically acclaimed film.
The film is about a couple who is in love, gets married and as they begin to take each other for granted, their marriage gets sore. Before marriage, Amar (Rajesh Khanna) and Mansi (Sharmila Tagore) are seen going around with each other discussing their future life. They get married and hire a taxi-cab for a day, just to drive around and have fun on their first marriage anniversary.
They have a child and later their happiness is cut short as ego issues start to culminate. Mansi is disgruntled and she struggles to keep her marriage intact amid bouts of anger and remorse. Incidents that take place through their lives, make them realise their mistakes and later they get down to saving their marriage and discussing about what went wrong.
I enjoyed the performances of both Khanna and Tagore. The film was brilliantly made in a low budget. It was shot on simple locations. The flow of words, actions and emotions is everything that the film has survived on. It is a simple movie, but these three things will keep you glued to the screen.
As told to Omkar Sapre
Not only Avishkar, but about 90% films of Rajesh Khanna bears meaningful and positive messages to the audiences. And that is the reason only Rajesh Khanna is designated as Pride of the Film Industry and Living Legend with whose films we learn how to laugh, how to cry, how to live and above all how to love gracefully.
ashu-mumbai

Jakarta, Indonesia

#8 Jan 19, 2008
Abhijit:
Since you keep talking about these two awards very often i.e Pride of Film Industry and Living legend, I would like to seek following clarifications:
1.Which organization conducts each one of these ?
2.You said that only Rajesh Khanna is designated as "these"; does it mean that these awards have been started only for Rajesh Khanna and no body before him got these and no body after him will ever get these? Or do you mean that except Rajesh Khanna all the award winners were non deserving basically and only Rajesh Khanna was the right choice.
3.Where can we get the details of these awards?

Pl. enlighten me.
Abhijit

Bangalore, India

#9 Jan 19, 2008
ashu-mumbai wrote:
Abhijit:
Since you keep talking about these two awards very often i.e Pride of Film Industry and Living legend, I would like to seek following clarifications:
1.Which organization conducts each one of these ?
2.You said that only Rajesh Khanna is designated as "these"; does it mean that these awards have been started only for Rajesh Khanna and no body before him got these and no body after him will ever get these? Or do you mean that except Rajesh Khanna all the award winners were non deserving basically and only Rajesh Khanna was the right choice.
3.Where can we get the details of these awards?
Pl. enlighten me.
1. Living Legend-- ANANDLOK, a highly reputed and about 40 years old BANGLA FILM MAGAZINE from Kolkata, India.
Pride of the Film Industry-- STAR DUST-- about 37 years old English Film Magazine published from Mumbai.
These magazines are not less than the stature of Filmfare, the Indian Oscar award.

2. Till date these two awards are only conferred to only Rajesh Khanna by the above two magazines.

3. You may search google for the details.

PS- Not only above two awards but the YUGANTAR GAURAV AWARD is also conferred only to him by a most reputed MBA College at Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra. This is about 50 years old College and gives awards to the talented persons of each field like music, academics, dance, etc. and usually it gives the award naming Yugantar award. But in 2006 the Yugantar Gaurav Award was given only to Rajesh Khanna for his high standard social films.
ashu-mumbai

Jakarta, Indonesia

#10 Jan 19, 2008
Abhijit wrote:
<quoted text>
1. Living Legend-- ANANDLOK, a highly reputed and about 40 years old BANGLA FILM MAGAZINE from Kolkata, India.
Pride of the Film Industry-- STAR DUST-- about 37 years old English Film Magazine published from Mumbai.
These magazines are not less than the stature of Filmfare, the Indian Oscar award.
2. Till date these two awards are only conferred to only Rajesh Khanna by the above two magazines.
3. You may search google for the details.
PS- Not only above two awards but the YUGANTAR GAURAV AWARD is also conferred only to him by a most reputed MBA College at Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra. This is about 50 years old College and gives awards to the talented persons of each field like music, academics, dance, etc. and usually it gives the award naming Yugantar award. But in 2006 the Yugantar Gaurav Award was given only to Rajesh Khanna for his high standard social films.
Thanks Abhijit.
Same Stardust magazine has given Amitabh and Nargis the award of " Best Artists of Millenium".
Would you like to give your opinion about this.
Should we assume that when they confer award on Kaka , they are fair and when they chose Amit, it might be politically motivated or something like that?
Abhijit

Varanasi, India

#11 Jan 20, 2008
ashu-mumbai wrote:
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Thanks Abhijit.
Same Stardust magazine has given Amitabh and Nargis the award of " Best Artists of Millenium".
Would you like to give your opinion about this.
Should we assume that when they confer award on Kaka , they are fair and when they chose Amit, it might be politically motivated or something like that?
" Best Artists of Millenium"-- Does Amit deserve for this? Please justify by your heart Dear. There are lot of real best artists in the film land, who really deserve for this.

The question and fact is that the awardee concerned should genuinely deserve for any award and nobody should challenge this. Does Doctorate Degree with Amit really match. In fact to give such type of award to any undeserving person lost the values and ethics of the awards itself.

sanjay

New Delhi, India

#12 Jan 21, 2008
Talking of awards, most of them are political. The filmfare awards are rigged every year. Everyone knows that.

So, one must read too much into these awards.
Ashu-Mumbai

Jakarta, Indonesia

#13 Jan 21, 2008
But Sanjay,
As per the most of discussion it seems that if award goes to Kaka , it is fair and if it goes to Amit, it is politically motivated or incorrect.
We should have a balanced approach.
Ganguly

Varanasi, India

#14 Jan 21, 2008
Ashu-Mumbai wrote:
But Sanjay,
As per the most of discussion it seems that if award goes to Kaka , it is fair and if it goes to Amit, it is politically motivated or incorrect.
We should have a balanced approach.
What balanced approach? Any award should be conferred to a genuinely deserving person as has already been stated by Mr. Roy. And moreover Amit's political buttering attitude is open to all now. So we should not continue on this foolish aspect.
ashu-mumbai

Jakarta, Indonesia

#15 Jan 21, 2008
Ganguly wrote:
<quoted text>
What balanced approach? Any award should be conferred to a genuinely deserving person as has already been stated by Mr. Roy. And moreover Amit's political buttering attitude is open to all now. So we should not continue on this foolish aspect.
Ganguly da:
Abhijit must be very pleased to see your posting as it almost matches fully to his language.
On one hand we wish to prove that award given to Kaka by stardust is justified and when same magazine gives award to Amit then we start question its authenticity.
No matter how we justify Kaka's tyres around his waist, his losing hairs etc, fact remains that in history it will be written that he enjoyed stardom for much lower period than Amit.
radzi

Kampar, Malaysia

#16 Jan 21, 2008
ashu-mumbai wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks Abhijit.
Same Stardust magazine has given Amitabh and Nargis the award of " Best Artists of Millenium".
Would you like to give your opinion about this.
Should we assume that when they confer award on Kaka , they are fair and when they chose Amit, it might be politically motivated or something like that?
Ashu,

I got a good one....

Amit is Najis, and Najis is Amit..
Ashu-Mumbai

Jakarta, Indonesia

#17 Jan 21, 2008
Did not get Radzi.
Pl. explain.
A K Roy

Varanasi, India

#18 Jan 21, 2008
ashu-mumbai wrote:
<quoted text>
Ganguly da:
Abhijit must be very pleased to see your posting as it almost matches fully to his language.
On one hand we wish to prove that award given to Kaka by stardust is justified and when same magazine gives award to Amit then we start question its authenticity.
No matter how we justify Kaka's tyres around his waist, his losing hairs etc, fact remains that in history it will be written that he enjoyed stardom for much lower period than Amit.
Here the question of real fan arises. Nobody is interested to measure the length of stardom period in such a foolish way, even a die hard fan of Amit. Today at the age of sixty plus of both of them the general consensus is that Rajesh Khanna is a class performer and Amit is a cheap entertainer. AND THIS IS THE HISTORICAL FACT BECAUSE ULTIMATELY THE WORK TELLS ITSELF NOT THE MANIPULATIONS. Why as a fan of Rajesh Khanna(?????) you are involving yourself in below standard discussions?
A M Ganguly Allahabad

Varanasi, India

#19 Jan 21, 2008
ashu-mumbai wrote:
<quoted text>
Ganguly da:
Abhijit must be very pleased to see your posting as it almost matches fully to his language.
On one hand we wish to prove that award given to Kaka by stardust is justified and when same magazine gives award to Amit then we start question its authenticity.
No matter how we justify Kaka's tyres around his waist, his losing hairs etc, fact remains that in history it will be written that he enjoyed stardom for much lower period than Amit.
It is not question of pleasing a particular. The fact remains the fact forever. Thanks
radzi

Malaysia

#20 Jan 21, 2008
Ashu-Mumbai wrote:
Did not get Radzi.
Pl. explain.
Ask Anaad...

Anaad seems to understand what "najis" is.

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