Rajesh Khanna born on 29 December was an Indian actor, film producer and politician who is known for his work in Hindi cinema.He was referred to as the “first superstar” and the “original superstar” of Indian cinema.He starred in 15 consecutive solo hit films in the period 1969 to 1971, still an unbreakable record.He made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat.Through his career he appeared in more than 160 feature films and 17 short films. He received the Filmfare Best Actor Award three times and the BFJA Award for Best Actor four times. In 1991,he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award and in 2005, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.He was the highest paid Indian actor from 1970 to 1987. He was also a Lok Sabha member of the Indian National Congress from New Delhi constituency from 1992 to 1996.
He married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, eight months before her debut film Bobby was released and had two daughters from the marriage.
After being critically ill, Khanna died on 18 July 2012. Khanna has been posthumously awarded India’s third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan. On 30 April 2013 he was officially bestowed with the title The First Superstar of Indian cinema at Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards. He has also been honored with a stamp and statue of his likeness, and a road being renamed in his honor.