Hum sub is Rangmanch ki Kathaputlia hai…

by Ana Lopez

In colorful times – Hakeem Rangwala

“Halla Bol, a film made by Rajkumar Santoshi starring Ajay Devgan and Vidya Balan, was also a tribute to Habib Tanveer, a well-known but unknown playwright in Gujarat who brought street plays to the tribals.
In this film, the hero himself plays the role of the superstar of the film and when the autobiography of the hero is released, a part of the book is read in which the reciter reads that this hero was very poor, there was no light in his house so he used to read sitting under the lamp post!
Hearing this, a friend who knows the hero from before asks, “If you didn’t have any such situation, then why have you written such a lie?” Hero says in reply, “If we have to write like this, only then people will be touched, liked and our popularity will increase!
This alchemy remains active when journalists or themselves write about any so-called successful man in India.
Rajesh Khanna, the local superstar of the Hindi film world, knew exactly this mentality of the people and that is why he used to park his precious motor car far away and walk to the stage place when he went to work with the struggling actors-professionals working in the drama!
Rajesh Khanna was an artist who never lacked money from birth to death! The original parents Chunilal and Lilavati gave their son for adoption to one of their relatives Chandramani and Lala Hiranand, a very happy and wealthy couple, and the son came to be known as Jatin Khanna.
In the year 1965, ten thousand contestants participated in a program called ‘Filmfare Talent Hunt’ to become a hero in a Hindi film and the final judges in that program were Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt and Yash Chopra. When Jatin Khanna reached the final round and the judges asked him to speak a dialogue, Jatin Khanna confidently told the judges, ‘Unless I know who and what kind of character the dialogue is, how can I speak a dialogue?!’
With this answer of Jatin Khanna, half of the votes were won and the remaining half of the votes were won by Jatin Khanna by presenting the dialogue in his own way and the superstar era was born in the Hindi film world, Jatin Khanna changed his name to Rajesh Khanna and accepted Chetan Anand’s ‘Akhari Khat’ in the first film. Then he did the film ‘Raj’ and going forward fifteen films were super hits in just three years from 1970 to 1972! No hero has had fifteen consecutive superhit films in any language till date! After ‘Aaradhana’ became a blockbuster, the place where the shooting of Rajesh Khanna’s film is going on, Hindi filmmakers rushed to sign Rajesh Khanna as the hero in their film! At that time, a saying became famous in the Hindi film world, ‘Upar Aka below Kaka’ Aka was the nickname of Ishwar (owner) and Kaka Rajesh Khanna!
The shooting of Gujarati actress Dimple Kapadia’s first film ‘Bobby’ started and Rajesh Khanna got married to Dimple Kapadia. Later, Dimple Kapadia left Rajesh Khanna and his bungalow ‘Aashirvad’ with her two daughters!
‘Ashirwad’ bungalow was originally owned by Rajendra Kumar alias Jubilee Kumar and the bungalow was named ‘Dimple’. The bungalow was named after Rajendra Kumar’s daughter Dimple.
Rajesh Khanna asked for the bungalow ‘Dimple’, which was sold by Rajendra Kumar for the fee of the film ‘Hathi Mere Sathi’ of Devar Films and got it! Then he renamed the bungalow ‘Ashirwad’.
Rajesh Khanna made an underground cave-like room in his bungalow ‘Ashirvad’ which was very dark and he used to live and drink alcohol in that cave during his bad days!
In the days of failure, the habit of the initial jitters and the crowd of spoons around them started to feel severe! Taking the subject of a superstar’s fall, producer-director Mahesh Bhatt made a film called ‘Kaash’ starring Jackie Shroff and Dimple Kapadia. Rajesh Khanna’s last days also saw failure in politics and cancer. Due to this disease, superstar Rajesh Khanna left this world at the age of 69!
Entering the film world in 23 years and leaving in 69 years, Rajesh Khanna created a history and a gold leaf named Rajesh Khanna was written in the history of the film world.

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