Rajesh Khanna, the original superstar of the Hindi film industry, died at his home, Aashirvad, in Mumbai on Wednesday at the age of 69.
The yesteryear actor was ailing since quite a while and had just been discharged from Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital on Tuesday. He had been diagnosed with a kidney problem.
Reports said that Rajesh Khanna was not responding to medicines and had been put on IV and had been grasping for breath since morning. He had been put on life support.
His family was present with him and his doctor and physician were also next to him.
Television reports said that his son-in-law Akshay Kumar had returned from his shoots abroad to be by his side. All his family members had already gathered at his Bandra house which has been cordoned off by police officials.
Born Jatin Khanna on December 29, 1942, he took up the screen name of Rajesh Khanna when he entered filmdom. He acted in 163 films, including 106 as the hero. Khanna won 3 Filmfare Best Actor Awards, four BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi), and also the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. He debuted in films in 1966 with the film Aakhri Khat. He attained unprecedented heights of stardom with films like Aradhana, Amar Prem, Kati Patang, Khamioshi, Raaz, Baharon Ke Sapne, Ittefaq, etc. He married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, but the couple separated in 1984. He has two daughters – Twinkle (Akshay Kumar’s wife) and Rinkie – from that marriage.