Rajesh Khanna: The actor who could strike a fine balance between the masses and classes

Mr Khanna was popular with the masses for the melodious songs he appeared in, but he was also popular with the classes for displaying his craft in some really fine films. In fact, he played the guy who constantly whines for the most part and discovers his heroism much later in the film. Here, he played a heartbroken, lovelorn man who is still pining for his lost love. Anand (1971), directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, is often hailed as Rajesh Khanna’s finest and rightly so. Khanna’s performance as the jovial Anand with a never-say-die spirit brought the audience to tears and re-watching the film today has the same effect on the viewer, and that is a rare feat. Khanna plays the character of a man who can see his end but chooses to focus on his path instead. There was nothing heroic about Mr Khanna’s character in the film. There are very few actors who have managed to strike a balance between different kinds of cinema and Rajesh Khanna was one of them. 2017-12-29T13:56:36+00:00″>
Updated: December 29, 2017 1:56 pm

Rajesh Khanna was popular with the masses for the melodious songs he appeared in, but he was also popular with the classes for displaying his craft in some really fine films. Still from Anand (1971)
Another one of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s classics, Bawarchi (1972), saw Mr Khanna in fine form. Related News
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These films weren’t as popular as Khanna’s other films but certainly deserve the attention of those who might have stereotypes attached to the stardom and personality of Rajesh Khanna, the actor. While Rajesh Khanna is remembered for popular films like Aradhana, Safar, Haathi Mere Saathi, Dushman amongst many others, there were others that added substance to his filmography. Directed by Basu Bhattacharya, Avishkaar is the story of a married couple who have lost the spark in their relationship. The USP of this film is the way this seemingly simple story is told. And though these elements help in building the brand of a star, we all know that for a star to have a legacy that is cherished they need more. And then there were those movies who beautifully married the craft with mass appeal. Still from Ittefaq (1969)
In another bold move, Rajesh Khanna took up a film like Khamoshi (1969). Playing the role of a house help who has a solution for every problem, Khanna won hearts of the audience. The script was strong and while the direction had to be top notch, the actors in this film had to be engaging enough to hold the audience’s attention, Mr Khanna did just that. “Anand maraa nahi, Anand marte nahi.”
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