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Wednesday, 18 July 2012


Actor Rajesh Khanna , who is referred to as the "First Superstar" of Hindi cinema,died on 18/07/2012 Wednesday afternoon at his residence Aashirwad in Mumbai. He was suffering from cancer and the cremation will be held tomorrow morning.Mr Khanna's ex-wife, actress Dimple Kapadia, has nursed him through his illness.

 He made his debut in 1966 with "Aakhri Khat" and  appeared in 163 feature films of which 128 as the lead protagonist including 106 as the solo lead hero films and 22 two hero projects and did 17 short films.

Rajesh Khanna was a member of Parliament for the Congress Party, from the New Delhi constituency, where he won the 1992 by-election, retaining his seat until the 1996 election.

 Khanna married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973 and they separated in 1984.They lived separately, but did not complete the divorce proceedings.Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna, an interior decorator and a former film actress, is married to actor Akshay Kumar while their younger daughter Rinke Khanna, also a former Hindi film actress, is married to a London-based investment banker Samir Saran.

 He won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same fourteen times. He received the maximum BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) – four times and nominated 25 times. He was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Some of his hit films are Raaz, Baharon Ke Sapne, Ittefaq and Aradhana.

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