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Rajesh Khanna (pronounced [rɑːˈdʒeːʃ kʰənˈnə]) (pronunciation; born Jatin Khanna; 29 December 1942 – 18 July 2012) was an Indian actor, film producer and politician who worked in Hindi films. considered as one of the greatest and most successful actors in the history of Indian cinema. Known as the "First Superstar" of Indian cinema,[2][3] he consecutively starred in a record 15 solo hero successful films between 1969 and 1971.[4][5][6][7] He was the highest-paid actor in Hindi cinema throughout the 1970s and 1980s.[8] His accolades include five Filmfare Awards, and in 2013, he was posthumously awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour.

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Rajesh Khanna
Jatin Khanna

(1942-12-29)29 December 1942
Amritsar, Punjab, British India[1]
(present-day Punjab, India)
Died18 July 2012(2012-07-18) (aged 69)
EducationK. C. College
  • Actor
  • film producer
  • politician
Years active1966–2012
WorksFull list
Political partyIndian National Congress
(m. 1973; sep. 1982)
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2013)
Full list
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byL. K. Advani
Succeeded byJagmohan
ConstituencyNew Delhi

Khanna made his debut in 1966 Aakhri Khat which was India's first official Academy Awards entry in 1967.[9] In 2005, he was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award on the 50th anniversary of the Filmfare Awards.[10][11] He was a Member of Parliament in the 10th Lok Sabha from New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency between 1992 and 1996, elected in the 1992 New Delhi by-election as an Indian National Congress candidate.[12] He was married to Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, eight months before her debut film Bobby was released and had two daughters from the marriage. Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna is an actress who is married to actor Akshay Kumar, while they also have a younger daughter Rinke Khanna.[13]

Khanna died on 18 July 2012, after a period of illness.[14] He has been honoured with a stamp and statue in his likeness, and a road renamed after him by the Prime Minister of India.