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Born Dec. 29, 1942, in Amritsar, India, Rajesh Khanna skyrocketed to Bollywood fame after a stint in theater. He made his film debut in Aakhri Khat (1966) and saw his stardom grow with the release of 1969's Aradhana (1969), in which Khanna cut a dynamic figure playing a dual role.

Khanna continued to impress audiences -- and to cultivate his screen persona as a vulnerable romantic -- in Safar (1970) and Anand (also 1970). Khanna extended his string of box-office hits with Amar Prem (1971), while strong performances in Bawarchi (1972) and Namak Haraam (1973) earned him critical acclaim.

Though his star had begun to fade, Khanna pulled off a hat trick in 1983 with three successful films: Avtaar, Souten and Agar Tum Na Hote. The charismatic actor later entered the political arena and served a term in parliament.

Rajesh Khanna in Anand

Anand

1970 NR

When a doctor (Amitabh Bachchan) wins a literary prize for his first novel, he reveals that his subject was based in fact, not fiction. Via flashback, he tells the story of Anand Saigal (Rajesh Khanna), a patient with a terminal disease who refused to believe death was his destiny. In turn, Anand touched the lives of everyone around him and proved that his spirit could endure in the lives of those who loved him.

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