Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Fans of Khanna will feel the same kind of emotion — that he might be gone, but that his voice, his shy smile and the “flying a kite” hand movement that was so much a part of his personality will be with us, reverberating much after he has passed on.
He was, of course, India’s first romantic superstar, giving rise to much frenzy among female fans in the 1970s, and even though his last years weren’t all that distinguished, every romantic hero today will admit there is a bit of Rajesh Khanna in him.
For me, there can never be another performance like “Anand”, ironically, one of the few films where he wasn’t a romantic hero. But his line, “zindagi lambi nahi, badi honi chahiye” (life should be big, not long) epitomises the character in that film.