10 Best films of Rajesh Khanna – The Original Superstar of Bollywood
No doubt Rajesh Khanna is one of the most talented and popular actors of Bollywood all-time – The first superstar of Indian cinema, and the actor who showed what real stardom is. He showcased his talent as a romantic hero onscreen, yet he tried a few action oriented roles as well. Definitely he owned maximum number of female fans among all Bollywood stars, though many superstars have born after him too. If we list his best 10 performances/movies, which movies can find a position in the list, let us see. I am not giving number to his popular movies. I would like to list 10 among his best movies, though I may miss a few.
1. Aradhana (1969) – The movie made Rajesh Khanna a star overnight, and proved to be the milestone movie of his career. The movie which established him as a romantic hero also marked his super stardom apart from his amazing chemistry with Sharmila Tagore on silver screen for the first time. Later they worked together for the movies – Raja Rani, Daag: A Poem of Love, Amar Prem, Safar and Aavishkar.
Surprisingly Aradhana was a woman-centric film, but it was Rajesh Khanna who gained popularity giving a new image to romantic heroes onscreen. May be his gimmicks, charm, magic or acting talent, he had a huge fan following crowd soon after the release of the film, and he showed to others, what real stardom is! He delivered 15 consecutive solo hit films in the period 1969 to 1971, a record still to be broken. Aradhana was only his fifth film in his career, and there was no turning back after that. Indeed the actor didn’t have to struggle too much to find a place among the elite list of actors. Also many well-established romantic actors of 1960s couldn’t survive too long on the silver screen with the new decade of 1970s.
2. Anand (1970) – The second film that comes in my mind is Anand, and the movie is regarded to be one among his best performances as an actor in his career. The movie also earned him his first Filmfare award for best actor. It may be a co-incidence, years later similar to his character in Anand, this actor too left the world struggling with cancer.
9. Do Raaste (1969) – The movie was a blockbuster hit of Bollywood, and established Mumtaaz as an A-grade actress also. Since then they have shared screen space for the movies, Roti, Dushman, Apna Desh, Aap Ki Kasam etc which became major hits at box office.
10. Bawarchi (1972) – The movie is one among his best works, in terms of performance. Khanna has experimented with different types of roles, and Bawarchi is one such where he gained accolades. It is one of the rare succeeded films of Khanna, where the actor doesn’t have any love interest/a romantic plot.
Aap Ki Kasam, Red Roses, Souten, Avatar, Mehboob Ki Mehndi, Babu, Namak Haram, Dushman, Aavishkar, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Haati Mere Saathi, Sachaa Jhutha, Roti, Ajnabi, Baharon Ke Sapne, Khamoshi etc are a few more. It is not easy to measure a versatile and super successful actor in terms of 10 film roles. Yet it was my humble tribute to my favourite Bollywood star, on the eve of his fourth death anniversary. A big salute to this Bollywood hero who stole millions of Indians’ hearts!
Read my childhood memories associated with Aradhana, the movie which made Khanna an overnight star.