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Book on Rajesh Khanna Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna released

Oct 15, 2014 15:20 IST

Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna: Gautam Chintamani

The book on Rajesh Khanna Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna was released on 15 October 2014. The book was written by Gautam Chintamani.

About the book
Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna is an aching reminder of the man behind the facade. Chronicling the films and the times of Rajesh Khanna, Dark Star looks at the phenomenon of an actor who redefined the 'film star'.

Much like a celestial object doomed to darkness, after a glorious run, Rajesh Khanna might have spent a better half of his career in the shadow of his own stardom, but even after forty years of his last monstrous hit, he continues to be the yardstick by which every single Bollywood star is measured.

About Rajesh Khanna
Rajesh Khanna was a Bollywood actor, film producer and politician. He was born in Amritsar, India. He is 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.

His Achievements and Awards

  • In 1974, BBC made a film on him, titled Bombay Superstar. Khanna is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Hindi cinema.
  • Khanna won four Best Actor Awards in the Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, and received 25 nominations.
  • He won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards, one Filmfare Special Guest Actor Award in 1973, and received a Filmfare Special Award in 1991, after 25 years in the Hindi film industry.
  • He received the Filmfare Life Time Achievement Award at the 50th anniversary Filmfare award ceremony in 2005.
  • He has been posthumously awarded India's third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan.
  • In 2013, he was officially bestowed with the title The First Superstar of Indian cinema at Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards. A postage stamp, bearing his face, was released by India Post to honour him.

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