Rajesh Khanna, affectionately called as Kaka ji, has given many hits in his career. The heartthrob of million fans entered Hindi Cinema in 1960’s. He made his film debut in 1966 with Chetan Anand directed film ‘Aakhri Khat. Aakhri Khat was India’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 40th Oscar Academy Awards in 1967. It was a great achievement for a new comer like Rajesh Khanna.
He is the first Superstar of Bollywood. Within just six years of his career he made it to the top of Indian Film Industry. He is the only actor who has given 15 box office hits in a row. He has done a total of 180 films in 40 years from 1966-2011. He won three ”Filmfare Best Actor’ Awards out of fourteen nominations. He also made a record for receiving most BFJA (Bengal Film Journalists’ Association) Awards for Best Actor (Hindi). It was for Anand (1971), Bawarchi (1972), Namak Haraam (1974) and Amrit (1986).
Rajesh Khanna’s Most Memorables Films
Aradhana – 1969
Aradhana is a 1969 Hindi film directed by Shakti Samanta, starring Sharmila Tagore & Rajesh Khanna in lead roles and Sujit kumar & Farida Jalal in supporting roles. Music composed by S. D. Burman. Aradhana bagged 3 Filmfare awards i.e. Best MovieAward, Best Actress Award (Sharmila Tagore) and Best Male Playback Award (Kishore Kumar for ‘Roop Tera mastana’).
Ittefaq – 1969
Ittefaq is a 1969 film directed by Yash Chopra, produced by B. R. Chopra starring Rajesh Khanna and Nanda in lead roles. The music was composed by Salil Choudhury. It was a remake of 1965 Hollywood film Signpost to Murder. The film won two Filmfare awards i.e. Best Director (Yash Chopra) and Best Sound (M.A.Shaikh). The other nominations for the film were for Best Actor (Rajesh Khanna), Best Actress (Nanda) and Best Supporting Actress (Bindu).
Kati Patang – 1971
Kati Patang is a 1970 film produced and directed by Shakti Samanta, starring Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna in lead roles. The music was composed by R.D. Burman. The film was nominated for six Flimfare awards i.e. Best Director, Best Actor, Best Story, Best Lyrics, Best Male Playback Singer and Best Actress. Asha Parekh won Filmfare Best Actress Award for this film.
Anand – 1971
Anand is a 1971 film written and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It was produced by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and N.C. Sippy. It was the first film where there was no lead heroine opposite Rajesh Khanna and the first film in which Rajsh Khanna eventually dies in the end. Anand Bagged a record of Six Filmfare awards ( Best Movie, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Story, Best Editing and Best Dialogue) and one National award (Best Feature Film in Hindi).
Amar Prem – 1972
Amar Prem is a 1972 film directed and produced by Shakti Samanta, starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore in lead roles. Music composed by R.D. Burman. Amar Prem was nominated in six Filmfare award categories i.e. Best Dialogue (Ramesh Pant), Best Screenplay (Arabinda Mukherjee), Best Sound (Jehangir Nowrojee), Best Actor (Rajesh Khanna), Best Lyricist (Anand Bakshi for Chingari Koi Bhadke), Best Singer Male (Kishore Kumar – Chingari Koi Bhadke). Out of these the film won three awards i.e. Best Dialogue, Best Screenplay and Best Sound.
Mere Jeevan Saathi – 1972
Mere Jeevan Saathi is a 1972 film directed by Ravikant Nagaich and produced by Vinod Shah, starring Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja in lead roles and Sujit Kumar in supporting role. Rajesh Khanna plays the lead role as a blind person. The music composed by R.D. Burman was all time hit. The most popular songs of the film are ‘O mere dil ke chain’ and ‘Chala jata hoon’ sung by Kishore Kumar
Namak Haram – 1973
Namak Haram is a 1973 film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and produced by Jayendra Pandya, Rajaram and Satish Wagle. The film stars Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles and Rekha, Asrani, Raza Murad, A.K. Hangal, Simi Garewal and Om Shivpuri in supporting roles. Rajesh Khanna won the 1974 BFJA Awards for Best Actor.
Aap Ki Kasam – 1974
Aap Ki Kasam is a 1974 Hindi film directed and produced by J. Om Prakash.
The film stars Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz in lead roles and Sanjeev Kumar, Rehman, Asrani and A. K. Hangal in supporting roles. The film was nominated for the 1975 BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Rajesh Khanna).
Kudrat – 1981
Kudrat is a 1981 Hindi film directed by Chetan Anand and produced by B.S. Khanna. The film stars Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini in lead roles and Raaj Kumar, Priya Rajvansh and Vinod Khanna in supporting roles. Kudrat won All-India Critics Association (AICA) Best Actor Award in 1982 at Calcutta and Nominated for the 1982 BFJA Awards for Best Actor.
Avtaar – 1983
Avtaar is a 1983 Hindi film directed and produced by Mohan Kumar. The film stars Rajesh Khanna and Shabana Azmi in lead roles. Avtaar was Rajesh Khanna’s biggest hit film in terms of box office collections after his bad phase from 1976-1978. Rajesh Khanna was nominated for the 1984 Filmfare Award for Best Actor and the 1984 BFJA Awards for Best Actor.