Rajesh Khanna (Hindi: राजेश खन्ना pronunciation (help·info); Punjabi: ਰਾਜੇਸ਼ ਖੰਨਾ, Urdu: راجيش کھنہ) (born Jatin Khanna on 29 December 1942) is a multiple Filmfare and BFJA award-winning Indian actor of from Hindi films, and has been Hindi film producer and an Indian politician.
During his career, he appeared in over 160 films of which 96 had him as the solo hero and 17 were two hero projects. He won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same fourteen times. He received the maximum BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) - four times and nominated 25 times. He was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Khanna is referred to as the “First Superstar” of Indian cinema. He had "the biggest and the maddest fan following, especially his female fans," which, according to Entertainment One India, has not been duplicated since he rose to fame in the 1970s. He made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat and rose to prominence with his performance in films like Raaz, Baharon Ke Sapne, Doli, Ittefaq and with Aradhana he became the first superstar. These successes from late sixties put him among the most successful actors in the Indian film industry and has since become one of the most prominent figures of the Indian film industry. In addition to acting, Khanna has worked as a playback singer and film producer and was an elected member of the Indian Parliament served a five year tenure as MP from 1991 to 1996.
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