Press Trust of India
July 18, 2012 16:25 IST
(New Delhi )
Bollywood actors today mourned the death India's first superstar Rajesh Khanna, saying his magic and charm will live forever.
Mr Khanna, 69, died today at his 'Aashirwad' home on Carter Road in Bandra.
Veteran actress Saira Banu, who missed a chance of working with Mr Rajesh Khanna during his stardom days, remembers the actor as a very "shy" person.
"I was supposed to work with him in Choti Bahu but I could not because I was ill. I shot with him for two days and found that he was very charming, humble and a shy person. May his soul rest in peace," Saira Banu said.
His contemporary Manoj Kumar said he was planning to meet Mr Khanna.
"I had called Dimple (Dimple Kapadia) but she told me not to come as Rajesh Khanna was not in a position to talk...I miss him a lot and I have shared some of the best memories with him," said Manoj Kumar.
Superstar Aamir Khan said: "Rajeshji is one of the biggest stars that
India has seen. He will always be remembered by every Indian with a lot of
love. He will be remembered for the joy, happiness and romance that he brought
into our lives through his work. My heartfelt condolences to Dimpleji, Twinkle,
and to all the members of the family."
Filmmaker Subhash Ghai said, "He was the powerhouse of Hindi film industry. I met him on the sets of aaradhna, he had some kind of energy and you will be charged when he is around you. His name will be written in golden words."
Producer-director Karan Johar said Rajesh Khanna's magic will live forever.
"The magic...the mannerism...the mania of Rajesh Khanna is inscribed in every archive of indian inema...forever....RIP SIR!!!," said Karan Johar.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said, "The epitome of superstardom is no more amongst us. There was none, there is none and there won't be any like you kakaji. You will be missed."
Tusshar Kapoor tweeted, "Rajesh Khanna ji, our 1st superstar is no more! I worked with him in 'Kyaa dil ne kaha & learnt a lot just talking to him! May his soul RIP!."
Actress Neha Dhupia said, "RIP Rajesh khanna Saab ... U , ur stardom, ur magic will live forever!."
Shabana Azmi, who starred opposite Khanna in films such as Amar Deep, Thodisi Bewafaii and Avtaar, said, "He was the superstar like no other, did 10 films with him. Met him last at Apsara awards. Pale shadow of himself but smile as winsome RIP RajeshK."
"Rajesh Khanna gave us a crash course in Romance. He introduced us to a special twinkle in the eye that made us feel good about ourselves. RIP," Anupam Kher wrote.
"Another of Hindi cinema's giants passes, Rajesh Khanna. Our sincere condolences to his family. We will miss him dearly," Madhuri Dixit tweeted.
"Too young. Too early. Tragic. RIP Rajesh Khanna. A candle that burned brighter than any star for too short a time," filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said.
"When we lose a loved one, something within us dies. Our generation loved Rajesh Khanna. Today a bit if us dies with this enigmatic star," Mahesh Bhatt tweeted.
"Just heard the sad news, heartfelt condolences & prayers to the family to cope with this irreparable loss, RIP Rajesh Khanna, a Superstar always," said Shilpa Shetty.
"Rip Rajesh Khanna," said Sonam Kapoor.
"RIP to the 1st king of romance... Rajesh Khanna," Shahid Kapoor posted on the micro-blogging site.
"Loss of a Superstar! Iconic Actor! RIP Rajesh Khanna!," Bipasha Basu posted.