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Mehboob Ki Mehndi
Poster ID: CL52393
Category: Movies
Year: 1970s
Actor / Director: Rajesh Khanna, Leena Chandavarkar, Pradeep Kumar, Sonu, Sunder, Iftekhar, Jagdish Raj, dir. Harnam Singh Rawail
Country: Indian
Film Country: Indian
Size 40 x 30 inches
Condition: Very Good
Price: $550

Rajesh Khanna, a Star of '60s and '70s Bollywood, Dies at 69 Rajesh Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies during the 1960s and '70s made him one of the first superstars of Bollywood, died on Wednesday in Mumbai. He was 69. His death, which was said to have followed a long illness, was confirmed by a son-in-law, the actor Akshay Kumar. Mr. Khanna, a rakishly handsome actor from a well-to-do Punjabi family, played leading roles in many films that tapped the broad social tensions emerging in Indian society during the second generation after independence. Mr. Khanna played mainly romantic roles, which by Bollywood convention often required him to perform his most passionate scenes while lip-syncing long, operatic passages of Hindi songs, all of it actually sung by someone else. But among the leading actors of his day, he was considered courageous for choosing a number of roles as a bad guy, or at least a troubled one. Mr. Khanna was a top star for almost a decade, until the rise of the Bollywood action-hero genre of the late 1970s. Between 1969 and 1972, he starred in 15 consecutive hits. “Khanna witnessed unbelievable popularity, such that no one had ever seen or imagined,” Javed Akhtar, a screenwriter and poet, told The Times of India. “In fact, from 1969 to 1973 it was a one-horse race.” To his fans he was always known as “kaka,” a term of endearment that means “uncle,” “brother” or “baby” in some parts of India. In his heyday as a heartthrob fans followed Mr. Khanna everywhere, mobbing his public appearances. Women planted kisses on any limousine he had ridden in. He was said to have received marriage proposals written in blood. After his movie stardom subsided, Mr. Khanna was a member of Parliament for the Congress Party from 1991 to 1996. He remained active in politics until illness began to slow him down last year. “If on my deathbed I am asked, I shall say that I have had the best of everything,” he said. “A king dies a king. He might not have a following. He might be dying alone, lost in a desert, but he will still be a king.” NYTimes July 18, 2012