Rajesh Khanna, who was often referred to as the ‘first superstar’ and the ‘original superstar’ of Indian cinema, was not only an accomplished actor but a film producer and politician too. He began his acting career in 1966 with the movie Aakhri Khat, directed by Chetan Anand, and it was followed by Raaz, directed by Ravindra Dave. He later in life turned to politics, and served as a Congress MP from 1991 to 1996. Following that Rajesh Khanna returned to acting and played the lead role in 1994 movie Khudai. Also Read - Rajesh Khanna Birth Anniversary: Remembering Kaka With Some of His Memorable Songs
He is fondly remembered for a number of his films like Anand, Haathi Mere Saathi, Namak Haram, Aradhana, Kati Patang, Baharon Ke Sapne among others. Today, December 29, which is his birth anniversary, we bring to you some of the most memorable songs from his movies. Check them out below: Also Read - Rajesh Khanna's Death Anniversary: Former Partner Anju Mahendroo Remembers 'Kaka ji' With a Throwback Picture
Anand – Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye Saanj Also Read - Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Final Results: Gujarat Blown Away by Modi, Wins All 26 Seats
The movie, which was co-written and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, with dialogues written by Gulzar, is a 1971 Indian drama film. Along with Rajesh Khanna, it also starred actors Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal, Ramesh Deo and Seema Deo. The film won several awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Film in 1972.
Haathi Mere Saathi – Chal Chal Chal Mere Sathee
The 1971 movie was directed by MA Thirumugam, with screenplay written by Salim-Javed and dialogues by Inder Raj Anand. The movie had actors Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja playing the lead. It was the biggest hit of the mentioned year going by box office collections.
Namak Haraam – Main Shayar Badnam
The 1973 movie was directed by by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and it had along with Rajesh Khanna, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Asrani, Raza Murad, AK Hangal, Simi Garewal and Om Shivpuri. Rajesh Khanna received his third BFJA Awards for Best Actor in 1974 for this film.
Aradhana – Mere Sapno Ki Rani
Directed by Shakti Samanta, this 1969 romantic movie starred Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna in lead roles. It won the Filmfare Award for Best Film at the 17th Filmfare Awards.
Kati Patang – Pyar Deewana Hota Hai
The 1971 movie was produced and directed by Shakti Samanta and it was a box office success. Along with Rajesh Khanna, it had actress Asha Parekh starring in the lead role. It also starred actors Nasir Hussain, Bindu, Prem Chopra, Daisy Irani and Sulochana Latkar.
Baharon Ke Sapne – Aaja Piya Tohe Pyar Doon
Created under the Nasir Hussain films’ banner, this 1967 movie had Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh in the lead roles. It also starred actors Premnath, Madan Puri and Rajendranath. This movie was unique because its makers were forced to change its ending from a tragic one to happier one following the public response it got in the first week of its release.
Amar Prem – Kuch Toh Log Kahenge Logon Ka Kaam Hai Kahana
It is a 1972 film directed by Shakti Samanta, and is a remake of 1970 Bengali film Nishi Padma. It stars Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore in the lead roles along with Vinod Mehra. The film is noted for its music by RD Burman; numbers sung by famous playback singers like Kishore Kumar, RD Burman’s father SD Burman and Lata Mangeshkar.
Kati Patang – Ye Shaam Mastani
Aap Ki Kasam – Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Guzar Jaate
Marking the directorial debut of J Om Prakash and also produced by him, the 1974 movie starred Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz, Sanjeev Kumar, Rehman, Asrani and AK Hangal. The music is by RD Burman, who received the only Filmfare nomination for the film.
Rajesh Khanna passed away on July 18, 2012 at the age of 69. He was married to actress Dimple Kapadia and had two daughters with her, actresses Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna.