Acha tau hum chaltey hain …

Kaka, your fans know you hate tears but today they cannot stop shedding tears over this sad news.

Editorial July 18, 2012

“Babumoshai, zindagi barri honi chaahiye, lambi nahi” (Babumoshai, life should be big, not long) is a dialogue from Rajesh Khanna’s memorable film Anand. On July 18, 2012, Kaka — as he was fondly called — bid adieu to this world at the age of 69 after living a full life. He leaves behind two daughters, Twinkle and Rinkie. The news of his death has left millions of people bereaved. Khanna also dabbled in the world of politics but he would always be remembered for his larger than life presence on the silver screen. Both his on-screen and off-screen persona would be remembered eternally. Tilted head, warm smile, the naughtiness in his eyes, the way he moved his hands while talking … they all had his trademark style that remains unmatched to this day. He was worshipped like no other.

Known as the original ‘superstar’ of Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna dominated Hindi cinema for more than a decade and gave one hit after the other in the 1970s. Some of the most popular songs of that era were picturised on him. Khanna was as good at romance as he was at playing tragic roles. His acting could make anyone laugh or cry. He could melt hearts with just a simple smile. If women swooned over him, men tried to copy his style. He was a real legend, a true star. Fans from all over the world are mourning his death. With him, an era comes to an end.

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf paid a befitting tribute to the great cinematic icon: “Rajesh Khanna was a great actor whose contribution to the field of films and arts would be long remembered. He had large fan following across the borders and captivated audiences with his excellent acting skills.” As an icon is laid to rest, the world of cinema weeps for him. “Pushpa, I hate tears” is a dialogue from Khanna’s great hit Amar Prem. Kaka, your fans know you hate tears but today they cannot stop shedding tears over this sad news.

Rest in peace, Kaka.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2012.


Giri | 10 years ago | Reply

I saw the documentary. It is on youtube. Wow! He was so charming.

deep | 10 years ago | Reply

Very sweet - you must watch the BBC documentary filmed at the height of his fame - in casual conversation he looked devastatingly charming - something he never achieved for me on the screen - but then I was more the amitabh bachchan era.

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