Mumbai: As superstar Rajesh Khanna breathed his last at his residence ‘Aashirwad’ in Mumbai on Wednesday, grief and shock gripped the nation. The man who had millions of fans across the country was suffering for a long time and had been discharged from the hospital only on Tuesday noon.
People from Bollywood fraternity expressed shock on hearing about Rajesh Khanna’s death:
Subhash Ghai: I am deeply saddened to hear about the death of Rajesh Khanna. Despite being at this stage of his life, he was mentally strong.
Asha Parekh: As an actor his class was super. And now that he is no more with us, it is a very sad day for all of us.
Asha Bhonsle: He had a massive fan following. He was very simple at heart. Even though girls went gaga over him, he was very grounded. I still remember, unmarried as well as married girls used to send letters written in blood to Kaka.
Shakti Kapoor: I have just heard the news and I am really bereaved to know about Kaka’s death. I still cannot believe that he is no more with us. He was very strong in the sense that he still was very passionate about the art of cinema.
Karan Johar: A big star has left us. The whole of industry is shocked.
Maushmi Chatterjee: Rajesh Khanna lived up to his famous dialogue –zindagi badi honi chahiye..lambi nahi. It will take some time for me to believe that Kaka is no more with us.
Hema Malini: I have some very fond memories of working with Rajesh Khanna. It’s a day of mourning for everyone one of us. ‘Andaz’, ‘Pream Nagar’ are two movies which I loved working with Kaka. His death is an irreparable loss for our hindi film industry.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
Prime Minister’s Office:
The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of cinema personality, entertainer and former Member of Parliament, Shri Rajesh Khanna.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi:
With his unique persona, Rajesh Khanna ji made a special & unforgettable place in the hearts of Indians! May his soul rest in peace.
Shah Rukh Khan:
To live with intention & walk to the edge. Play with abandon, choose with no regret. Smile & made us do the same.Sir,u defined our era.RIP
Filmmaker Kunal Kohli:
The word SuperStar was used first for Rajesh Khanna.His style.His Ada.His charm.His smile.His songs.His films. He.Will always live on
Quizmaster Derek O’Brian:
I bunked school for him.I bought 'dow ka char' tickets in black to see his films.Rajesh Khanna forever
RIP rajesh khanna. Will remember you with the crinkly smile and slight tilt. Like ur line in anand zindagi lambi nahi badi honi chahiye
the magic...the mannerism...the mania of RAJESH KHANNA is inscribed in every archive of indian cinema...forever....RIP SIR!!!
"Zindagi lambi nahi , badi honi chahiye" .. RIP Mr Rajesh Khanna
Good bye Superstar. RIP Rajesh Khanna
Zindagi ka safar..hai yeh kaisa safar..koi samjha nahi.. - aap shayad samajh gaye..RiP RajesH KhannA SahaB..upar SmitA se zaroor milna..
Jewelry Designer Farah Ali Khan:
RIP Rajesh Khanna. Another legend passes away. A sad day in Indian cinema.
Superstar of our fathers generation is gone from this world, he was beyond ths word called(Actor) true Icon World will miss forever, prayer Jinke Naam par karodon logo ne apne Bacho ke Naam rakhe Rajesh toh ek baat kaio ne khanna tak rakh dala, wt a charisma, God Bless his soul.
Rajesh Khanna- R.I.P. So many fond memories from his movies and songs.
A final salute to star Rajesh Khanna, he who defined stardom...
Superstar Rajesh Khanna has left us:( so many films, songs and memories...r.i.p sir.
Rip rajesh khanna! t very endearing superstar of indian cinema who brought romance a new meaning on screen!ull b terribly missed kaka ji
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar:
The epitome of superstardom is no more amongst us. There was none, there is none & there won't be any like you kakaji. You will be missed.
RIP Rajesh Khanna Sir..Was lucky to meet him few months back at an award show.The only Super Star.
RIP KAKA.... God bless n have mercy on his soul....
My first film that I saw on a vcr was 'Aaradhana'.Zindagi kaisi hai paheli haaye..kabhi ye hasaye kabhi ye rulaye. RIP our very dear 'ANAND'
RIP Rajesh Khanna...you remain with us with your films....
Choreographer and filmmaker Farah Khan:
Just hrd the saddest news.the 1st Superstar of india is no more.bt the legend that was Rajesh khanna will live eternally thru his films.
Rajesh Khanna ji, our 1st superstar is no more! I worked with him in kyaa dil ne kaha & learnt a lot just talking to him! May his soul RIP!
RIP Rajesh khanna Saab ... U , ur stardom, ur magic will live forever!
RIP Rajesh Khanna - "Nafrat ki duniya ko chod ke Pyaar ki duniya mein, Khush rehena mere yaar...." Haathi Mere Saathi
"Babumoshai eto bhalo bhasha bhalo na..."Anand, Kati Patang, Bawarchi and many more... What a legacy you've left behind. RIP Rajesh Khannaji
RIP Rajesh Khanna! He will be missed! A great punjabi actor has passed. Kaka, you will be in our hearts!!!
Hoping that the news of Rajesh Khanna's passing, is another hoax. If it's true, we've lost India's first PHENOMENON, a true megastar! RIP!
Producer Shrishti Arya:
Legends live on forever... But my friend lost her dad today... R.I.P. Rajesh Khanna.
Writer Shobaa De:
India's only real Superstar is no more. Rajesh Khanna was and remains 'The Phenomenon'.
Sad to hear Indias 1st Super star, Rajesh Khanna is no more. RIP.
RIP Rajesh Khanna. The Phenomenon. Thank you for the magic.
RIP Rajesh Khanna. #respect