I was introduced to Rajesh Khanna by my parents at a very young age. As a kid, I only loved one movie of his — Haathi Mere Saathi. When I was in my teens and a little mature, I saw Anand, Aradhana, Kati Patang and a few more of his awesome movies. I loved all those and really thought that he was one of the best actors in Bollywood. Now as an adult, with more understanding about acting skills and other aspects of movies, I believe he was, and will remain, the best Bollywood actor ever. Not only movies, he was blessed with wonderful songs too. Till today, those songs rule FM stations and our CD players. He is not dead. He will live in his fans’ hearts and be remembered by generations (Which is your favourite Rajesh Khanna movie? July 20).
Tua Ghatak, Salt Lake
By playing the lead role in so many movies, Rajesh Khanna had such a firm and dominating presence that Indians started regarding him as the first superstar. He delivered several hits and superhits with the most beautiful and talented actresses of the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Bawarchi to me is a little different and leaves me enchanted. It is a spontaneous and energetic film, which makes us laugh and cry with a stunning performance by Rajesh Khanna.
Sourendra K. Basu, Lake Town
Anand, I believe, has to be the favourite movie of all Rajesh Khanna fans. That was where he had laid out his soul as if it was real. Everybody who watched the film cried despite the fact that “he hated tears”.
Alok Ganguly, Kalyani
It is not so easy to name any one Rajesh Khanna movie as my favourite because there are so many where he was excellent. My first choice is Amar Prem, second Anand and third Baharon Ke Sapne.
Avijit Das, Santoshpur Avenue
Though I belong to the time when the Khans and the Kapoors rule the silver screen and people’s hearts, I still prefer the films and stars of yesteryear. Rajesh Khanna was one of my favourite actors and it’s difficult to pick only one of his movies, so I want to pick two. The first would be Aradhana, where he played both father and son effortlessly. The second is Amar Prem, which was a poignant tale of selfless love.
I liked Avtaar, Aap Ki Kasam, Mehbooba, Aa Ab Laut Chale, Swarg and many other films that I cannot remember. I always cherished his great songs, especially Zindagi ek safar hai suhana from Andaz. It’s my all-time favourite.
Anand is my favourite Rajesh Khanna movie for its script, cast, dialogues and music.
The passing away of Rajesh Khanna has left the whole nation bereaved. I have seen many of his box-office hits, like Aradhana, Anand and Bawarchi. The one movie which makes me feel for the actor, especially when he is not around, is Anand. He was a symbol of energy, vitality and spontaneity. In the last scene of Anand, where he is on his deathbed and Amitabh Bachchan is in a state of shock, the tape recorder suddenly starts to play. “Babumoshai... Zindagi aur maut ooparwale ke haath me hai jahanpana, jisey na aap badal sakte hain na main” made me tremble, and the laugh at the end of the dialogue made my eyes moist.
Kousik Majumdar, Belghoria
My favourite Rajesh Khanna movies are Dushman and Anand. I saw them more than 10 times. He is one of my favourite actors.
My favourite RK movie is Bawarchi. Rajesh Khanna’s spontaneity in acting mesmerised me.
Rama Mukherjee, Santoshpur
My favourite Rajesh Khanna film is Sachha Jhootha. He played a double role with elan. He is the last superstar of Bollywood.
My favourite Rajesh Khanna movie is Anand. I remember it was a huge hit in 1971 and is still popular. The secret of its enduring appeal lies in the captivating music and the storyline which carries the universal message of love and friendship in the face of crisis. This is as relevant today as it was then. However, it is the easy, natural style in which Rajesh Khanna played Anand that moves movie-lovers of all ages. When Kishore Kumar was a superhit in Rajesh Khanna-starrers, Salil Chowdhury dared to use Manna De’s voice in the evergreen number Zindagi kaisi yeh paheli. It was an instant hit. So, Anand ranks among the all-time classics and is, I believe, beyond any remake because it has set a rare example in cinematic history where life and death emulate art.
My favourite Rajesh Khanna film is the beautiful and evergreen Anand. Nobody can match his acting capabilities and mannerisms. I still get goosebumps thinking of the film’s last scene. The rich dialogues and the word “Babumoshai” will always remain etched in the hearts of his fans. It was Rajesh Khanna who brought the ultimate era of romanticism into Hindi films. I was also completely floored by his magnificent performance in Amar Prem. It’s worth noting that despite being a non-Bengali, he brought out the essence of Bengali culture in the film. The picturisation of the song Chingari koi bhadke on the Ganges was incredible! The cine world has lost a great “hero” who will always remain in our hearts through his golden films and evergreen songs.
Saurav Gupta, Narendrapur
What a rom com!
With Nora Ephron’s passing away, the world has lost one of its most witty rom com writers. Her stories are my favourite. I watch Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail at least thrice every year! She brought out great chemistry between Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Apart from Ephron’s films, my other favourites are An Affair to Remember and the evergreen Amelie, which is not just a romantic comedy but so much more (Which is your favourite rom-com? July 3).
Hiranmoy Lahiri, Garia
My favourite rom coms are Notting Hill and Sleepless in Seattle. Notting Hill is just so sweet that you can’t help but fall in love with it! Oh God, what will I do without these films? I am so in love with them! In Notting Hill, apart from the Hugh Grant-Julia Roberts chemistry, I feel the storyline was the real protagonist. And in Sleepless in Seattle, the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan combination couldn’t have been better.
Eshita Dey, Dum Dum