Rajesh Khanna’s birth anniversary: Some amazing lesser-known facts on ‘Kaka’

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiDecember 28, 2015UPDATED: December 29, 2018 15:53 IST Rajesh KhannaOne of the greatest actors India has ever had was born on December 29, 1942.He was a legendary actor who charmed everyone with the way he delivered his dialogues, slightly tilting his head and speaking in a grave voice. Yes, we are definitely talking about Rajesh Khanna.On his birth anniversary, here are some little-known facts you should not miss about the Kaka of Bollywood:Rajesh Khanna was born as Jatin KhannaHe was adopted and raised by foster parents who were relatives of his biological parentsOn his uncle’s advice, he changed his name from Jatin to Rajesh, before starting his career in BollywoodRajesh Khanna was the first Bollywood actor for whom the term ‘superstar’ was coined after he gave the blockbuster hit film AradhanaHe was a rich newcomer who used to struggle to get work in his own MG sports carTo get into Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna had to compete in the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare. He was one of the eight finalistsHe made his film debut in the 1966 film, Aakhri Khat which also made entry into OscarsRajesh Khanna gave 15 consecutive superhits as a solo lead hero from 1969-1971The song Roop Tera Mastana was recorded in a single shotMany children born in 1960s and 1970s were named Rajesh, following Rajesh Khanna’s phenomenal rise to stardomThe title role of Mr. India was first offered to Rajesh Khanna. He declined it, as he could not relate to the invisible character of the heroIn his career of 45 years, Khanna did 180 filmsRajesh Khanna was the highest paid actor from 1970-79 and shared the honour with Amitabh Bachchan from 1980-87He was called a ‘Faaltu hero’ because of his eccentric featuresThe pair Rajesh Khanna-Mumtaz holds the record for being the romantic on-screen pair with 100 percent success ratio at the Box Office. Rajesh Khanna gave eight blockbusters opposite MumtazHe won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same, fourteen timesHe received the most number of BFJA Awards for Best Actor and was nominated 25 times for it. In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for completing 25 years in the industryIn 2005, he was awarded with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow The Ideas factoryFollow university electionsFollow Amitabh BachchanFollow Pregnant womenFollow BollywoodFollow Oil and Natural Gas Corp Rajesh Khanna’s birth anniversary: Some amazing lesser-known facts on ‘Kaka’He was a rich newcomer who used to struggle to get work in his own MG Sports car.advertisementlast_img

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