Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna

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HarperCollins, Nov 3, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
FOREWORD BY SHARMILA TAGORE The first-ever biography of the enigmatic Rajesh Khanna, the original 'superstar' If ever a life was meant to be a book, few could stake a stronger claim. Like a shooting star doomed to darkness after a glorious run, Rajesh Khanna spent the better half of his career in the shadow of his own stardom. Yet, forty years after his last monstrous hit, Khanna continues to be the yardstick by which every single Bollywood star is measured. At a time when film stars were truly larger than life, Khanna was even more: the one for whom the term 'superstar' was coined. Born Jatin Khanna to middle-class parents, the actor was adopted by rich relatives who brought him up like a prince. By the time he won the Filmfare-United Producers Combine Talent Hunt, he was already famous for being the struggler who drove an imported sports car. With seventeen blockbuster hits in succession and mass adulation rarely seen before or since, the world was at Khanna's feet. Everything he touched turned to gold. The hysteria he generated - women writing him letters in blood, marrying his photograph and donning white when he married Dimple Kapadia, people bringing sick children for his 'healing' touch after Haathi Mere Saathi - was unparalleled. Then, in a matter of months, it all changed. Khanna's career hit a downward spiral as spectacular as his meteoric rise just three years after Aradhana (1969) and never really recovered. Dark Star looks at the phenomenon of an actor who redefined the 'film star'. Gautam Chintamani's engaging narrative tries to make sense of what it was that made Rajesh Khanna and what accounted for his extraordinary fall. A singular account of a wondrous life.

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Lots of material in the book are based ion hearsay. Kaka was one of the highest tax payers even in the closing years of his life, so to say that he traded his cigarettes & car is a joke.
He had
many offers even during his later years but chose not to do them. Even Rishi kapoor had to cajole him into doing Aa ab laut chalein.
Amit did advertisements bcos he had become bankrupt. His house came up for insolvency & using his contacts with the Gandhi family, he got out of it by declaring his company ABCL as a sick company.
He begged Yash Chopra for a role in Mohabattein.
On the contrary, kaka did not crave for offers.


Epigraph Foreword by Sharmila Tagore Authors Note
Childhood College and Struggle
The Contest 3 The Arc Lights 4 Aradhana
The Birth of a Phenomenon
That God Feeling
Cracks and Tremors
That Sinking Feeling
The Return of the King
Endof Days 13 Of Broken Dreams
Curtain Call
Silences and Darkness
Acknowledgements About the Author Copyright

Free Fall
Looking Back Looking Forward

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GAUTAM CHINTAMANI is a born cinephile attuned to writing on all things cinema. A popular columnist across many leading national publications, Gautam's writing explores everything from world to Indian cinema and whatever exists in between. This is his first book.

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