Whether it was women calling out his name wherever he went or his car covered with lipstick marks, very few have enjoyed the kind of stardom that Rajesh Khanna aka Kakaji has. In fact, it is said that such was the impact of his stardom that a number of female mans committed suicide when he married 16-year-old Dimple Kapadia.
Making his debut with Aakhri Khat (1966), Rajesh Khanna was a cast in 168 feature films. He still holds the record of delivering 15 solo hit films from the year 1969-1971 and thus earned the title of First Superstar of Bollywood.
The superstar may not be with us anymore, but the legend lives on in our hearts.
On that note, let’s take a look at his most memorable dialogues.
Main Marne Se Pehle Marna Nahin Chahta
We all remember this dialogue from Safar (1970), which also stars Sharmila Tagore and Ashok Kumar. In the film, Rajesh Khanna essays a cancer patient. The superstar beautifully conveys his character's desperation and his conviction that surviving by a slender thread is not really living.
Arrey Oh Babumoshai Hum Sab To Rangmanch Ki Kathputliyan Hain
Rajesh Khanna And Amitabh Bachchan In Anand
You eyes might just get welled up when you watch the climax of Anand (1972). Rajesh Khanna, who was seen battling lymphoma of the intestine in the venture, spelled out the reminder that one should celebrate each moment of life.
Pushpa, Mujhse Yeh Aansoon Nahin Dekhe Jaate ... I Hate Tears
Rajesh Khanna Plays The Role Of A Lonely Businessman In Amar Prem
Directed by Shakti Samanta, Amar Prem (1972) is based on the Bengali novel Hinger Kochuri. The story is about a school boy, who is ill-treated by his step mother, and becomes friends with a prostitute neighbour. The film stars Sharmila Tagore playing a prostitute with a heart of gold, with Rajesh Khanna in the role of a lonely businessman, and Vinod Mehra as adult Nandu, the young child, who they both come to care for.
Kisi Badi Khushi Ke Intezaar Mein, Hum Yeh Chote Chote Khushiyoon Ke Mauke Kho Dete Hain
Once again, in Bawarchi (1972), Rajesh Khanna talks about ways to live life to the fullest. The film is how a bawarchi (cook), brings a family together.
Babumushoi, Zindagi Badi Honi Chahiye, Lambi Nahin
Rajesh Khanna Was Seen Battling Lymphoma Of The Intestine In Anand
Another iconic dialogue from the film Anand, taught you the importance of quality over quantity.
Ek Chotta Sa Zakhm Bahut Gehra Daag Ban Sakta Hai, Aur Ek Chotti Se Mulaqat Jeevan Bhar Ka Saath Ban Sakti Hai
Rajesh Khanna Romances Sharmila Tagore In Aradhana
Aradhana (1969) proved to be the turning point for the actor. The film starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore spoke about the journey of an unwed mother.
Maine Tera Namak Khaaya Hai, Isliye Teri Nazron Mein Namak Haraam Zaroor Hun. Lekin Jisne Yeh Namak Banaya Hai, Uski Nazron Main Namak Haraam Nahi Hoon
This scene from Namak Haraam (1973) showcases a dramatic exchange of words between Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. The film captured the fragility of friendship and conflicts very skilfully.
Insaan Ko Dil De, Jism De, Dimaag De, Lekin Yeh Kambaqth Pet Mat De
Rajesh Khanna Plays A Criminal In Roti
This is one of the most remembered dialogues of the megastar. Rajesh Khanna ditched his typical romantic image and played a criminal in Roti (1974).
Seth, Jise Tum Khareedne Chale Ho, Uske Chehre Par Likha Hai, Not For Sale
This was another power-packed dialogue from Avtaar (1983) which also stars Shabana Azmi besides Rajesh Khanna (Kishen). The superstar plays the role of a poor man who struggles to make ends meet, however, despite the circumstances he refuses to give up on his dignity.
Magar Main Inhe Dobara Swarg Mein Jagah Nahi Doonga
Rajesh Khanna And Govinda In Swarg
The film Swarg (1990) might have tanked at the box-office, but this dialogue is saved in the archive of our memories. Rajesh Khanna makes an impact with oozing fatherly love or bitter resentment towards his greedy, self-centered brood.
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