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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 Kati Patang

Kati Patang

1970 NR

In this Indian musical, Madhu (Asha Parekh) flees her arranged marriage and runs away with her boyfriend -- only to discover that her beau is just after her money. While trying to escape her family and boyfriend once and for all, Madhu runs into a widowed childhood friend who's on her way to meet her in-laws for the first time. The two decide to travel together, but when the train derails, her dying friend convinces Madhu to take her place.

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