29 December 1942
Amritsar, Punjab, India
Died 18 July 2012 (aged 69)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Khanna was born in Burewala, Pakistan on 29 December 1942. Khanna was adopted and raised by foster parents - Chunni Lal Khanna and Leela Wati Khanna, who were relatives of his biological parents, after his father had migrated from pre-partitioned Pakistan to Gali Tiwarian in the city of Amritsar in 1940. Khanna lived in Thakurdwar near Girgaon, Mumbai and attended St. Sebastian’s Goan High School there, along with his friend Ravi Kapoor, who later took the stage name Jeetendra, and whose mothers were friends.Khanna gradually started taking interest in theatre and did a lot of stage and theater plays in his school and college days and won many prizes in the inter college drama competitions. Khanna became a rare newcomer who struggled in his own MG sports car to get work in theatre and films in the early sixties.Both friends later studied in Kishinchand Chellaram College(KC College), Bombay (now Mumbai). When Jeetendra went for his first film audition, it was Khanna who tutored. Khanna's uncle changed Khanna's first name to Rajesh when Khanna decided to join films. His friends and his wife called him Kaka (Uncle).
Rajesh Khanna ( pronunciation (help·info) born: Jatin Khanna; 29 December 1942 – 18 July 2012) was a bollywood actor, film producer and an Indian politician. He was called as the "first superstar" and the "original superstar" of the Indian cinema. He earned these titles following an enviable track record of 15 consecutive superhits in the seventies, a record that remains unbroken.