The original and the first superstar of the Hindi Film Industry Rajesh Khanna is no more. The yesteryear actor was discharged from hospital on Tuesday afternoon, his third hospitalisation since he was diagnosed with a kidney problem. 

Sources said that the actor was not responding to medicines, and had been put on IV and had been grasping for breath since morning. His family were beside him and his doctor and physician were present too. He was 69.  

Born as Jatin Khanna on December 29, 1942, he was adopted and raised by foster parents. He began taking interest in acting while in school and performed in a number of plays. It was his uncle who changed Khanna’s first name to Rajesh when he decided to join films. In 1965, he won an all India talent contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare and as a result made his debut the next year in “Aakhri Khat”, directed by Chetan Anand ( Dev Anand’s brother).  He was last seen in R Balki’s TVC for Havells Fans, reliving the glory.

May his soul rest in peace.

R I P Rajesh 'KAKA' Khanna

Anand, Aradhana, Amar Prem, Aavishkar and Bawarchi are some of his  films in the long line up of non  -stop (12) jubilee hits, which gave him the title of  India’s FIRST SUPERSTAR.