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Rajesh Khanna: Ek Tanha Sitara Like A Shooting Star Doomed To Darkness After A Glorious Run, Rajesh Khanna Spent The Better Half Of His Career In The Shadow Of His Own Stardom Yet, Forty Years After His Last Monstrous Hit, Khanna Continues To Be The Yardstick By Which Every Bollywood Star Is Measured With Seventeen Blockbusters In Succession And Mass Adulation Rarely Seen Before Or Since, The World Was At Khanna S Feet The Hysteria He Generated Women Writing Letters In Blood, Marrying His Photograph, Donning White When He Married Dimple Kapadia Was Unparalleled Then, In Matter Of Months, It All Changed Khanna S Career Hit A Downward Spiral Just Three Years After Aradhana And Never Really Recovered Rajesh Khanna Ek Tanha Sitara Looks At The Phenomenon Of An Actor Who Redefined The Film Star Gautam Chintamani S Engaging Narrative Tries To Make Sense Of What It Was That Made Rajesh Khanna, And What Accounted For His Extraordinary Fall

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    I was born in an odd generation that somehow missed the Rajesh Khanna euphoria I missed inheriting it from my parents, who had been young and film crazy when Ashok Kumar, Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand had been in their prime And I missed being part of it I was born just after Rajesh Khanna who had one of the shortest ever reigns of any superstar anywhere had come to the last of his fifteen in a row super hit films Yes, I admit it I am not too much of a Rajesh Khanna fan I like him alright I I was born in an odd generation that somehow missed the Rajesh Khanna euphoria I missed inheriting it from my parents, who had been young and film crazy when Ashok Kumar, Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand had been in their prime And I missed being part of it I was born just after Rajesh Khanna who had one of the shortest ever reigns of any superstar anywhere had come to the last of his fifteen in a row super hit films Yes, I admit it I am not too much of a Rajesh Khanna fan I like him alright I think he s gorgeous in films like Aradhana, and so very poignant in Anand But I wouldn t go out of my way to read a biography of the man So, when I received a review copy of Gautam Chintamani s Dark Star The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna Harper Collins Publishers India, P ISBN 978 93 5029 620 2 E ISBN 978 93 5136 340 8 499 242 pages , I was a little ambivalent I was not particularly interested in the life of Rajesh Khanna On the other hand, this man had acted in some of the greatest hits of the late 60s, films that were both extremely popular as well as critically acclaimed I finally decided I might as well read Dark Star And ended up being enthralled by it Chintamani s biography of Rajesh Khanna a man once so popular that he received fan mail written in blood with accompanying certificates from doctors to confirm that the ink was indeed human blood women married his photograph, or bent to the road when his car passed and put the dust in the parting of their hair in lieu of sindoor is a fascinating account of how a man with no filmi connections entered Hindi cinema, shot to the top in what can only be called a meteoric rise and then suddenly fell, his collapse just as spectacular as his rise Dark Star The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna begins with a foreword by Sharmila Tagore apt, considering she was Rajesh Khanna s co star not merely in his first big hit Aradhana, but also in a series of extremely popular films, including Safar and Amar Prem The foreword, besides being a good introduction to the book, is also, perhaps ironically, very suited to what follows it is not an unadulterated paean to Rajesh Khanna While praising Khanna sdisarming smile, youthful energy, an innate sense of drama and a well modulated voice, Ms Tagore talks also of his inability to arrive on time for a shoot for a 9 am shift, he never arrived before noon and since Sharmila Tagore reached the studios by 8 am and wanted to be home with her family by 8 pm, it was hard on her She writes how, when they stopped doing films together,it was a huge relief The book itself is in a similar vein while it acknowledges Rajesh Khanna s contribution to Hindi cinema, and while it is a biography of Hindi cinema s first superstar , it is not a biased, he could do no wrong telling of this man s story Instead, over the course of 16 chapters from Childhood, College and Struggle to Pack Up, Chintamani uses everything from interviews with people who knew or worked with Rajesh Khanna, to excerpts from magazine and newspaper articles, to references from blog posts our very own Memsaab finds a mention to present a many sided view of Rajesh Khanna, the man as an actor Born Jatin Khanna in 1942, Khanna grew up in Bombay, where he was adopted and brought up by his childless uncle and aunt Nicknamed Kaka when he a child, Khanna had a privileged, even spoilt childhood In college, along with his old schoolmate Ravi Kapoor who went on to become another star, Jeetendra , Khanna took to theatre The switch from theatre to cinema did not come easily but when it came with Khanna s winning the Filmfare United Producers Combine Talent Hunt competition it came with some of the biggest names in the industry Part of the contract for the winner of the competition was that each of the film makers who were part of the United Producers Combine was to make a film with the winner Considering these included stalwarts like Nasir Hussain, BR Chopra, Bimal Roy, Shakti Samanta, HS Rawail, GP Sippy and Subodh Mukherji, it meant the moon and the stars could be within the grasp of the winner and Jatin Khanna it was But, since Jeetendra almost the same as Jatindra, Jatin s official name was already taken, he chose another name Rajesh Khanna And debuted in one of the most offbeat films and role a Hindi film actor of the 60s could have chosen that of Govind, a man who deserts his pregnant lover, in Chetan Anand s Aakhri Khat Aakhri Khat, along with Rajesh Khanna s next two films Raaz and Bahaaaron ke Sapne made little impact on the box office Aurat 1967 didn t do well either, but with his fifth film Aradhana Rajesh Khanna struck gold There was no looking back then, as he piled up one hit after the other, in a straight run of 15 films, leaving the rest of the competition behind and creating a sensation such as Hindi cinema had never seen before.A sensation, as it happened, that actually lasted for only about 3 years because, by about 1972, Rajesh Khanna s luck had begun to run out It wasn t just the fact that a certain young man who d acted the earnest doctor to Khanna s dying but ebullient patient in Anand had suddenly started to shine It was also that Hindi cinema was changing, its dynamics and metaphors and what worked or didn t were changing Gautam Chintamani shows the road Rajesh Khanna travelled, and in the process shows us much of the man himself generous even effusively so at times, ruthless, imperious, labouring under the weight of his own stardom at others There are stories of the darbars he used to host at his home of his high handedness when dealing with film makers his attempts sometimes failed, sometimes successful as in Kudrat at reinventing himself The book touches briefly on Khanna s personal life, but the emphasis remains on the professional And the end result is an interesting look at Rajesh Khanna There is trivia one that stood out for me was the fact that Rajesh Khanna could without the help of glycerine summon tears, at one word from the director There are anecdotes an interesting contrast, for instance, between how Khanna gave 7 difficult retakes for an emotional scene in Aap ki Kasam, even though the retakes were not his fault but just a few years later was insufferably high handed about giving a retake for a scene he couldn t get right in Mehbooba There is stuff about how films came to be made and there s a brief synopsis for each film , and there is, now and then, an account of Khanna s relations with film makers, other actors, his fans But what I came away with when I finally closed Dark Star was not a head full of trivia and Rajesh Khanna anecdotes, but a feel of what a complex character this man was How successful, how longing for that now elusive success shortly after How apt an example of fallen star How muchthan just his roles.A satisfying book, even for someone who s not a Rajesh Khanna fan, or not much P.S And yes, one thing that I liked a lot each chapter heading has a subject appropriate tagline drawn from a Rajesh Khanna song Pack Up, the last chapter, for instance, has the tagline Achcha toh hum chalte hain Very clever, and it reminded me, even as I read the book, of all the many hit songs picturised on Rajesh Khanna Originally posted on my blog

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    I love books based on the Hindi film industry This biography of Rajesh Khanna, besides being aptly titled, was well written too It concentratedon his films and less on his personal life s failures and successes.

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    An insightful look into the ups and downs of Rajesh Khanna s career The first superstar of the Indian film industry, this was a man consumed by his own myth.The author treads a fine line successfully, I might add of staying on topic and doesn t bring references of the actor s personal life unless it is connected or required.A brilliant portrayal of the career graph of a man who was once the romantic ideal and idol of many a women

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    If we should learn from someone s life, it surely would be the one with the most ups and downs We have seen numerous stars rise and fall before us but never did India witness an immediate rise and fall of someone before and after Rajesh Khanna.Born to an aristocratic business family, brought up and spoilt by the familial love, Jatin Khanna had the seeds of ego , narcissism and possessiveness right from the childhood From his rise as a theater artist, to the winner of an acting contest to the f If we should learn from someone s life, it surely would be the one with the most ups and downs We have seen numerous stars rise and fall before us but never did India witness an immediate rise and fall of someone before and after Rajesh Khanna.Born to an aristocratic business family, brought up and spoilt by the familial love, Jatin Khanna had the seeds of ego , narcissism and possessiveness right from the childhood From his rise as a theater artist, to the winner of an acting contest to the first superstar in the history of Indian cinema to the deepest fall in history, Jatin aka Rajesh Khanna s life has everything that a thrilling blockbuster would ask for.Author has portrayed the actor s life with the level of reflection that none would dare to Author has managed to contact practically everyone barring a few to have a clearer idea of what led to what and has succeeded to a great extend Author has beautifully explained each and every film by the actor right from the plot to the songs to the behind the camera glimpses If adapted into a movie, the book has everything that the maker would ask for.The parallel track of the rise of Amitabh Bachan is depicted so subtly that author has put forward the real circumstances that led to the change in graph of the actor at the same time managing to make sure that he did not hurt anyone s sentiments Deliberately or due to lack of data, author has not delved much into the personal life of the legendary actor, which might be disappointing to an average voyeuristic reader.While author has put forward the facts to the maximum precision possible, interpretation of some of the actions of the actor, for eg decision to marry Dimple, were uni linear and inspired from the assumptions of the third persons, which could have been wrong But author has made sure not to be too vocal about the same The book is surely a lesson to every youth as to how one should not get carried away by his her success the biography proves that handling success and remembering their base is important to anyone irrespective of the level of success.I recommend this book to everyone who wants to become a winner

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    What a wonderful book to finish with It was like a treat to read story of a Megastar Rajesh Khanna who was mostly known as Kaka The writer Gautam Chnitamani has thrown light on every aspect of Kaka s life with his elegant writing style The story takes you on ride like roller coaster throughout Khanna s life s ups and downs The story teaches you to be humble even if you are at the top of your professional life The people you are humiliating or hurting today only because of their circumstan What a wonderful book to finish with It was like a treat to read story of a Megastar Rajesh Khanna who was mostly known as Kaka The writer Gautam Chnitamani has thrown light on every aspect of Kaka s life with his elegant writing style The story takes you on ride like roller coaster throughout Khanna s life s ups and downs The story teaches you to be humble even if you are at the top of your professional life The people you are humiliating or hurting today only because of their circumstance today they may become successful or even star in future It is very important to be kind, humble and respectful to the people around you be it your personal or professional life and Khanna somehow ignored this most important aspect of life and paid heavily for his mistake Onething to be learned from Khanna episode is to be always be updated with the constant change happening around you because what is hit, successful and flourishing today is not going to be there always, time is going to change and you cannot afford to be living in same pattern of life When Amitabh Bachhan wave arrived with symbolic angry young man image after Zanjeer it completely devastated Khanna and he was being entirely isolated from the audience and film fraternity He could not make sense of the situation and being in total frustration started doingmistakes which totally sank his career boat.Also his personal life had many flaws with relationships with Anjoo Mahendru, Tina Munim and failed marriage with Dimple He was born in super rich business family and somehow because of his improper upbringing he had no value for people, relationships and money for which he had to pay heavily in his adult life The final touch of the story with Khanna facing camera for the last time in his life was Havells advertisement mad by Balki and the writer has elaborated this story in very interesting manner which is like a climax of fascinating life of Rajesh Khanna a legend of Bollywood

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    This is melancholic reading even for the ones not fanatic for Rajesh Khanna The story of the actor s meteoric rise and even sharper fall is well known but not well chronicled That s sad considering Khanna was India s first bonafide superstar Chintamani does well to fill a conspicuous gap There s the usual fare of unknown tidbits about actor s personal life thrown in This book, however, is a summary of his professional life Interesting vignettes about his movies and his relationships with c This is melancholic reading even for the ones not fanatic for Rajesh Khanna The story of the actor s meteoric rise and even sharper fall is well known but not well chronicled That s sad considering Khanna was India s first bonafide superstar Chintamani does well to fill a conspicuous gap There s the usual fare of unknown tidbits about actor s personal life thrown in This book, however, is a summary of his professional life Interesting vignettes about his movies and his relationships with colleagues makes this extremely readable The author is clearly a fan of his subject and tends to glorify his rather pedestrian acting abilities That apart, Dark Star is a pretty unbiased account of a remarkable career that promisedthan it delivered

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    BeautifulVery heart touching and nicely narratedcame to know muchthan knew about legend of legend and all time super star.

  8. says:

    A readable account of Hindi cinema s first and only superstar.

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    Though not a fan of the superstar, this book compels one to make a list of Late Rajesh Khanna s films and watch it only because the author has shared perspective that s unthinkable I am going to do just that along with a friend who first read the book and recommended that I should read too Author Gautam Chintamani s narrative makes you part of the superstar s life in such a way that you can t stay away from the book till it says pack up Love the way the chapter names are taken from lines of Though not a fan of the superstar, this book compels one to make a list of Late Rajesh Khanna s films and watch it only because the author has shared perspective that s unthinkable I am going to do just that along with a friend who first read the book and recommended that I should read too Author Gautam Chintamani s narrative makes you part of the superstar s life in such a way that you can t stay away from the book till it says pack up Love the way the chapter names are taken from lines of his songs Imagine a line summarising your life in so many ways Mr Khanna may have been a spoilt brat or a self obsessed person who apparently couldn t love anyonethan himself but that never came in the way of his fan following, especially with the ladies Letters written in blood is testimony to that love.And, though the Khans pretty much enjoy star status today and play romantic leads even at 50 God bless the plastic surgeons , they can t exude the same charm and aura as Kaka There will never be another Rajesh Khanna

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    The book starts off with a forward by Sharmila Tagore and it made my heart glad, because I was coming from reading another biography of Khanna where his leading ladies don t get heard at all They say a life is as interesting as the person who you choose to tell your story In the hands of a good author who puts in hours in research, a sparkling life also becomes brilliant This book is well researched and most of the information comes from people who worked with Khanna in some capacity The wri The book starts off with a forward by Sharmila Tagore and it made my heart glad, because I was coming from reading another biography of Khanna where his leading ladies don t get heard at all They say a life is as interesting as the person who you choose to tell your story In the hands of a good author who puts in hours in research, a sparkling life also becomes brilliant This book is well researched and most of the information comes from people who worked with Khanna in some capacity The writing is nuanced, you get a glimpse of the pampered star, the fading star and the gregarious soul that was Khanna Unlike his contemporaries, Chintamani gives the gossip surrounding the superstar s life a fleeting mention instead focusing on his movies and his famed temperament My grouse with this book and the reason why I went with 4 stars, was that I would so have loved to hear from his heroines Khanna was much ahead of his times, his blockbuster works were films which were heroine oriented and he was perhaps the only star in Bollywood who had the guts to work in films where the heroines had the author backed roles And yet, they are remembered as much as his films as theirs Still if you want to read a biography of Khanna ever, choose this

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