1. Rajesh Khanna’s original name was Jatin Khanna.
2. Hema Malini is the only actress with whom Rajesh Khanna was romantically paired for the maximum number of times -15 times.
3. The pair Rajesh Khanna-Mumtaz holds the record for being the only romantic on screen pair in Indian Cinema to have had 100% success ratio at the Box Office. Rajesh Khanna has 8 blockbusters opposite Mumtaz.
4. When Rajesh Khanna was the reigning superstar, a textbook prescribed by Bombay University contained an essay titled ` The Charisma of Rajesh Khanna`.
5. Shekhar Kapur’s Mr. India was offered to Rajesh Khanna, but he declined as he couldn’t relate to the invisible character of the hero.
6. Rajesh Khanna had done 180 films in 40 years from 1966-2011.
7. Rajesh Khanna holds record for grabbing the maximum number of Best actor award in Bengal Film Journalist Association Awards (4 awards) and most number of nominations in BFJA awards (25 nominations) for Best Actor. He has won Filmfare Best Actor Awards thrice and was nominated for 14 times.
8. Rajesh Khanna’s home ‘Aashirwad’ which earlier was called ‘Dimple’ was bought from another yesteryear superstar, the late Rajendra Kumar.
9. When Rajesh Khanna was at the peak of his career and was conferred the title of ‘Indian cinema’s first superstar’, many kids born in 60’s and 70’s were named ‘Rajesh’ by their parents following Rajesh Khanna’s phenomenal rise.
10. Khanna was part of Bollywood’s first single take shot of the song ‘Roop tera mastana’ from his film ‘Aaradhna’ opposite Sharmila Tagore.
First Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 13:48