Rajesh Khanna, the original superstar of the Hindi film industry, died at his home, Aashirvad, in Mumbai on July 18 at the age of 69. The yesteryear actor was ailing since quite a while and had just been discharged from Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital on Tuesday. He had been diagnosed with a kidney problem. His family was present with him and his doctor and physician were also next to him.
Born Jatin Khanna on December 29, 1942, he took up the screen name of Rajesh Khanna when he entered filmdom. He acted in 163 films; 106 of them as the hero. Khanna won 3 Filmfare Best Actor Awards, four BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi), and also the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. He debuted in 1966 with the film Aakhri Khat.
He attained unprecedented heights of stardom with films like Aradhana, Amar Prem, Kati Patang, Khamoshi, Raaz, Baharon Ke Sapne, Ittefaq, etc. He married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, but the couple separated in 1984. He has two daughters – Twinkle (Akshay Kumar’s wife) and Rinkie – from that marriage.