Rajesh Khanna, Big B and my fallen idols

Rajesh Khanna, Big B and my fallen idols

There are 69 comments on the Sify.com story from Jan 3, 2007, titled Rajesh Khanna, Big B and my fallen idols. In it, Sify.com reports that:

Legends don't die. But they sometimes fade away. And that's worse than death especially when they've known the kind of super-stardom that Rajesh Khanna experienced between 1969 and 1974.

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Abhijit K Roy

Jaunpur, India

#1 Jan 4, 2007
The period 1969 to 1974 may be the era of First Super-stardom of Indian cinema, but it does not mean that Rajesh Khanna was finished after 1974. He was equally brilliant and more glamorous during 1976 onwards. Between 1976 to early 1990s he gave unlimited class performance in films like Amar Deep, Avataar, Aaj Ka MLA, Souten, Agar Tum Na Hote, Ghar ka Chirag, Khudai, Tohdi si Bewafai, Amrit, Akhir Kyon, Anokha Rishta, Red Rose, Dard, Dhanwaan, etc. irrespective of their box office success/failure. In my opinion he did mistake one thing. To self-promote himself, he never compromises with the cheap demand of time like Amitabh to act in films like Banti babli or saba saba and kajra re type cheap song one. Rajesh Khanna always maintained his sophisticated dignity as a most refined and versatile performer.
Mukhtar

Varanasi, India

#2 Jan 4, 2007
Mr. Subhash you may be his fan during his golden era days, but I started to watch his films Mehabooba onwards (1976) and believe that as an class actor he is still unique and unparallel. And box office success or failure may be a reason for the Superstar Rajesh Khanna, but it has no value for the Superactor Rajesh Khanna. That is why he has been conferred Yuganthar Gaurav Purakshar or Living Legend and Pride of the Film Industry besides unlimited Life Time Achivement Awards in spite of his complete aloofness from media or society. Genuine talent can not be suppressed by manipulation.
Ravish

India

#3 Jan 4, 2007
Rajesh Khanna is a superb actor and class actor he is still best of all actors.
Mary

India

#4 Jan 4, 2007
Its true genuine talent cannot be supressed by manipulation. I have seen lot of actors but when compared to Superstar Rajesh Khanna he stands always first in all respects.
Major Navin

Varanasi, India

#5 Jan 4, 2007
Dear Mr. Jha,

Being a very senior journalist, you should have not make such type of vague comment that Kaka's period was only from Aradhana to Aap Ki Kasam. My dear friend, he has performed much much powerful way during 1976 to 1990s as well. Why should we forget his all time classic performances in Dard, Thodi si Bewafai, Red Rose, Amar Deep, Aa Aab Laut Chalein, Avataar, Aaj Ka MLA, Shatru, Agar Tum Na Hote, etc.
Pal bipin

Varanasi, India

#6 Jan 4, 2007
Rajesh Khanna never faded. He has been conferred the award of LIVING LEGEND IN 1999 and Yuganthar Gaurav Purakshar in 2006 besides Pride of the Film Industry in 2005 and a number of Life Time Achievement Awards of national and international repute during 2000-2006. He has made such an impact in our mind and hearts as a SUPERSTAR-ACTOR that can not be superceded by any one in future.
Sulena Dash

Varanasi, India

#7 Jan 4, 2007
Abhijit K Roy wrote:
The period 1969 to 1974 may be the era of First Super-stardom of Indian cinema, but it does not mean that Rajesh Khanna was finished after 1974. He was equally brilliant and more glamorous during 1976 onwards. Between 1976 to early 1990s he gave unlimited class performance in films like Amar Deep, Avataar, Aaj Ka MLA, Souten, Agar Tum Na Hote, Ghar ka Chirag, Khudai, Tohdi si Bewafai, Amrit, Akhir Kyon, Anokha Rishta, Red Rose, Dard, Dhanwaan, etc. irrespective of their box office success/failure. In my opinion he did mistake one thing. To self-promote himself, he never compromises with the cheap demand of time like Amitabh to act in films like Banti babli or saba saba and kajra re type cheap song one. Rajesh Khanna always maintained his sophisticated dignity as a most refined and versatile performer.
Yes, 1975 onwards his Superstar status was obviously affected owing to a number of reasons; one of which were that he never compromised with the down trodden trend of the filmdom. So during action, sex, violence and multistarrer-films trend, he alone performed in films like Agar Tum Na Hote, Mehabooba, Anurodh, Karm, Amar Deep, Dard, Babu type high standard social films of his own standard, which made him an unique sophisticated performer in commercial environment. So I think for this, he should be regarded much more rather to blame him. He earned more fame than money. And that makes him THE FIRST SUPERSTAR-ACTOR OF INDIAN CINEMA.
A M -Ganguly

Varanasi, India

#8 Jan 4, 2007
Dear Mr. Subhash,

I am also a Khanna Fan since my college days, but I like Shababa Azmi and Smita Patil as well as Mumtaz and Sharmila equally because they performed with the one and only Superstar Rajesh Khanna in Avataar and Amrit during 1980s (after Aap Ki Kasam). So Sir, Rajesh Khanna never faded; he can not be faded. It is a truth, because he lives in our heart for his sheer dedication towards real performance.
Anupam

Varanasi, India

#9 Jan 4, 2007
During 1976-1978, his Star-status had been much affected due to dirty politics of Film Industry, misguidance by media, cheap and downward trend of Hindi commercial films, increasing production of multi-starrer dialogue based masala action films, which demand requirement of non-acting calibre behaviourism based stars only, selection of a few below- standard films by him like Chaila Babu, Chalta Purja, etc. and so many other factors, including sudden marriage with Dimple, which had much affected his star status in female communities specially .

But in spite of above mentioned adverse factors, during that time too, we watched Rajesh with his graceful and rich acting calibre in films like Mehabooba, Anurodh, Karm, Pal ko ki Chaon Mein, Janta Hawaldar, Prem Bandhan, Tinku, etc.; and we were bound to realize that despite all negative factors, the super class acting calibre (perfect characterization oriented natural impeccable acting) is still alive with its full impact.
Sonali khan

Varanasi, India

#10 Jan 4, 2007
His star era may be much affected during 1975-78, but in 1979, when below grade multi-starrer, action-masala based lost and found formula films were dominating the box office, the Super Actor Star appeared in the Silver Screen with a glorious characterization in Amar Deep, followed by Red Rose, Thodi Si Bewafai, Dard, Dhanwaan, Babu, Avataar, Sautan, Amrit, Agar Tum Na Hote, Rajput, Ashanti, Aaj ka MLA- Ram Avataar, Shatru, Dharm aur Kanoon, Anokha Rishta, Aakhir Kayon?, Oonche Log, Adhikar, Swarg, Awara Baap, Aawaz, Awam, Vijay, Ghar ka Chirag, Mamta Ki Chaon Mein, Begunah, Ghar pariwar, etc.(1980-1991) and it had been again proved that in spite of cheap and down trodden trend of film industry, Rajesh Khanna’s films have their entirely sophisticated entity and the name of Rajesh is a guarantee for standard, social, characterization-based and expression-oriented sober family films, containing a lot of variety and good messages for its viewers.
Mansoor alam

Varanasi, India

#11 Jan 5, 2007
Sonali khan wrote:
His star era may be much affected during 1975-78, but in 1979, when below grade multi-starrer, action-masala based lost and found formula films were dominating the box office, the Super Actor Star appeared in the Silver Screen with a glorious characterization in Amar Deep, followed by Red Rose, Thodi Si Bewafai, Dard, Dhanwaan, Babu, Avataar, Sautan, Amrit, Agar Tum Na Hote, Rajput, Ashanti, Aaj ka MLA- Ram Avataar, Shatru, Dharm aur Kanoon, Anokha Rishta, Aakhir Kayon?, Oonche Log, Adhikar, Swarg, Awara Baap, Aawaz, Awam, Vijay, Ghar ka Chirag, Mamta Ki Chaon Mein, Begunah, Ghar pariwar, etc.(1980-1991) and it had been again proved that in spite of cheap and down trodden trend of film industry, Rajesh Khanna’s films have their entirely sophisticated entity and the name of Rajesh is a guarantee for standard, social, characterization-based and expression-oriented sober family films, containing a lot of variety and good messages for its viewers.
Absolutely right. Subhashji has made blunder to shrink the career of the Greatest Superstar only in seven years. His career is still continuing in 2000s and he is the First Superstar and all time Super actor of Indian Silver Screen.
Sunderlal_60

Varanasi, India

#12 Jan 6, 2007
Rajesh Khanna is superb both in Amar Prem (1972)and Amar Deep (1979)and Aap Ki Kasam (1974) and Thodi si Bewafai (1980). And he never lost his dignified status in Aa Aab Laut Chalein (1999)as well. The expression he (Mr. Balraj Khanna) has given infront of close circuit T.V. at his home, when the image of Akshya Khanna disappears from the T.V. screen is outstanding and no Amitabh or Dilip Kumar can perform such excellent performance in coming thousand years. So Mr. Jha, tell some reality and try to avoid to go with the temporary wind.
Vijay Sinha

Jaunpur, India

#13 Jan 6, 2007
The article is most irrelevant and illogic. A faded celebrity can not be recognized as LIVING LEGEND. And Mr. Khanna has been awarded as LIVING LEGEND AT KOLKATA BY A MOST REPUTED BANGLA FILM JOURNAL BY ITS EDITOR AND NOTED BANGLA FILM DIRECTOR MR. RITUPORNO GHOSH.
Subhash

Grand Rapids, MI

#14 Jan 6, 2007
Mukhtar wrote:
Mr. Subhash you may be his fan during his golden era days, but I started to watch his films Mehabooba onwards (1976) and believe that as an class actor he is still unique and unparallel. And box office success or failure may be a reason for the Superstar Rajesh Khanna, but it has no value for the Superactor Rajesh Khanna. That is why he has been conferred Yuganthar Gaurav Purakshar or Living Legend and Pride of the Film Industry besides unlimited Life Time Achivement Awards in spite of his complete aloofness from media or society. Genuine talent can not be suppressed by manipulation.
Mr. Mukhtar,
you may be his fan But what? Did I say that talent can be supressed by manipulation? Are you mad,self-righteous what ? so you have put your two rupees here too so what and you are bullying me. I agree so now another paragraph to chase me off forum as you all did to that lovemarks contributor?what do you want specify.I have read lovemarks.com I agree. Go to the mirror and argue the case there.
or take the keys and when your are finished your soliloquy lock up and do not forget yourself outside and in.
Mukhtar

Varanasi, India

#15 Jan 7, 2007
Subhash wrote:
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Mr. Mukhtar,
you may be his fan But what? Did I say that talent can be supressed by manipulation? Are you mad,self-righteous what ? so you have put your two rupees here too so what and you are bullying me. I agree so now another paragraph to chase me off forum as you all did to that lovemarks contributor?what do you want specify.I have read lovemarks.com I agree. Go to the mirror and argue the case there.
or take the keys and when your are finished your soliloquy lock up and do not forget yourself outside and in.
Sorry, Sir, whatever I have said it is meant for the writer of the above article Mr. Subhash K. Jha not you. My entire posting is with reference to his article published in some news paper or so and appeared under Rajesh Khanna News. Question of blaming you regarding Rajesh Khanna does not arise, as you have shown your solid and genuine opinion about Mr. Khanna. Sorry again.
Subhash

Grand Rapids, MI

#16 Jan 8, 2007
Mukhtar wrote:
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Sorry, Sir, whatever I have said it is meant for the writer of the above article Mr. Subhash K. Jha not you. My entire posting is with reference to his article published in some news paper or so and appeared under Rajesh Khanna News. Question of blaming you regarding Rajesh Khanna does not arise, as you have shown your solid and genuine opinion about Mr. Khanna. Sorry again.
Peace again and thanks for the clarification.
Mintoo

Varanasi, India

#17 Jan 8, 2007
Subhash wrote:
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Peace again and thanks for the clarification.
Thanks you Sir,
Mintoo

Varanasi, India

#18 Jan 8, 2007
A suggestion to Mr. Subhash K. Jha,

Sir, May I request you to go through the Lovemark page of Mr. Rajesh Khanna and after that re-consider your views about fading of Rajesh Khanna, the Living Legend.
Ms Padma

India

#19 Jan 8, 2007
Legends wont die or fade away i.e., Rajesh Khanna superstar of millinium will be there for ever in the hearts of his fans.
senarath jayasundara

Sri Lanka

#20 Jan 10, 2007
RAJESH KHANNA WAS NEVER FADED.I THINK THE WRITER MUST HAVE BEEN A FAN OF KHANNA ONLY HE WAS (KHANNA)IN THE PEAK .

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