Kaka was a big superstar: Asha Parekh

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 12:35 hrs

Yesteryear actor Asha Parekh said Bollywood's first superstar Rajesh Khanna, who died in Mumbai on Wednesday, was a 'big' superstar of the Indian film industry.

Khanna on Wednesday passed away in his Mumbai residence after battling with cancer. He was 69.

"He was a big, big superstar," said Asha Parekh, who was Khanna´s co-actor in many films.

Remembering Khanna, Hema Malini said: "He was the best at his time."

Actor Shabana Azmi called Khanna the ´darling´ of Bollywood.

"He was the darling of Indian cinema. It was an amazing phenomenon that Rajesh Khanna had created," said Shabana.

Actor Moushumi Chatterjee said: "I am so shocked hearing the news.i do not know how to react."

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai said Khanna was an ´inspiring´ person and had exceptional energy.

"I know Kaka (Rajesh Khanna) for a long time. He was very inspiring. He had an exceptional energy," Ghai said.

"I don´t think anybody has enjoyed superstardom as Rajesh Khanna did in his prime days," he said.

Actor Prem Chopra said: "Rajesh Khanna was a very dear friend of mine. He was a great guy to work with. He was the real superstar of that era."

Actor Om Puri said: "He has made amazing contribution to the film industry. He has inspired many many actors."

Actor turned politician Raj Babbar said: "He is the superstar and will remain the superstar forever. His films will continue to inspire generations to come."

Veteran actor Manoj Kumar said: "Rajesh Khanna was one of his own kind. I remember youngsters going hysterical seeing him on the screen. He will never be forgotten."

Actor Satish Shah said Khanna was an ´icon´ to him.

"He has been a super icon for me," Shah said.

According to reports, the superstar´s last rites will be performed at 11 am on Thursday.

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

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