Actor Rajesh Khanna dies in Mumbai

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 12:34 hrs

Mumbai, July 18 (IBNS) Bollywood's original superstar Rajesh Khanna, who charmed his audience with his acting skills and screen presence, breathed his last in his Mumbai residence on Wednesday. He was 69.

He was battling cancer and was admitted to hospital several times recently.

He was discharged from Mumbai´s Lilavati Hospital on Tuesday.

Khanna was hospitalized after he complained of weakness.

His estranged wife and yesteryear actor Dimple Kapadia and younger daughter Rinki were with him at the hospital.

Earlier also, the veteran actor, fondly called ´Kaka´, was admitted to the hospital after his heath condition deteriorated on June 23. He was discharged on July 8.

The actor made his entry in the world of Bollywwood in the 1960s and then continued to play the lead roles in several commercially successful films in his career.

Khanna, was was born in 1942 in Amritsar and was adopted and raised by foster parents, who were relatives of his biological parents. .
He attended St. Sebastian's Goan High School in Girgaum, along with his friend Ravi Kapoor, who later took the stage name Jeetendra.

He took interest in the world of acting and theatre from his school days and won many prizes in inter college drama competitions.

However, his Bollywood career stated with Chetan Anand's ´Aakhri Khat´ in 1966.

´Aakhri Khat´ was India's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 40th Oscar Academy Awards in 1967.

He was then noticed for his performances in films like ´Baharon Ke Sapne´, ´Aurat´, ´Doli´, ´Aradhana´ and ´Ittefaq´.

It was ´Aradhana´, where Khanna played a double role, that helped him establish himself as the new superstar of the country and then continued to dominate the silver screen for several years.

The actor gave India several memorable films that included ´Kati Patang´, ´Amar Prem´, ´Shehzada´, ´Apna Desh´, ´Mere Jeevan Saathi´, ´Aap Ki Kasam´, ´Ajnabee´, ´Namak Haraam´, ´Maha Chor´, ´Karm´, ´Phir Wohi Raat´, ´Aanchal´, ´Kudrat´, ´Ashanti´, ´Agar Tum Na Hote´, ´Awaaz, Hum Dono´ , ´Anand´ and ´Alag Alag´.

Pertinently, had 15 consecutive solo superhits between 1969 to 1971, which is still an unbroken record in Indian film history.

His portrayal of the character Anand Sehgal in the movie ´Anand´ is considered to be one of his best performances on-screen.

He married Dimple Kapadia in 1973 and has two daughters - Rinki and Twinkle.

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