Dark Star The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna FOREWORD BY SHARMILA TAGOREThe first ever biography of the enigmatic Rajesh Khanna the original superstar If ever a life was meant to be a book few could stake a stronger claim Like a shooting star

  • Title: Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna
  • Author: Gautam Chintamani
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
  • FOREWORD BY SHARMILA TAGOREThe first ever biography of the enigmatic Rajesh Khanna, the original superstar If ever a life was meant to be a book, few could stake a stronger claim Like a shooting star doomed to darkness after a glorious run, Rajesh Khanna spent the better half of his career in the shadow of his own stardom Yet, forty years after his last monstrous hit, KFOREWORD BY SHARMILA TAGOREThe first ever biography of the enigmatic Rajesh Khanna, the original superstar If ever a life was meant to be a book, few could stake a stronger claim Like a shooting star doomed to darkness after a glorious run, Rajesh Khanna spent the better half of his career in the shadow of his own stardom Yet, forty years after his last monstrous hit, Khanna continues to be the yardstick by which every single Bollywood star is measured At a time when film stars were truly larger than life, Khanna was even the one for whom the term superstar was coined Born Jatin Khanna to middle class parents, the actor was adopted by rich relatives who brought him up like a prince By the time he won the Filmfare United Producers Combine Talent Hunt, he was already famous for being the struggler who drove an imported sports car.With seventeen blockbuster hits in succession and mass adulation rarely seen before or since, the world was at Khanna s feet Everything he touched turned to gold The hysteria he generated women writing him letters in blood, marrying his photograph and donning white when he married Dimple Kapadia, people bringing sick children for his healing touch after Haathi Mere Saathi was unparalleled Then, in a matter of months, it all changed Khanna s career hit a downward spiral as spectacular as his meteoric rise just three years after Aradhana 1969 and never really recovered Dark Star looks at the phenomenon of an actor who redefined the film star Gautam Chintamani s engaging narrative tries to make sense of what it was that made Rajesh Khanna and what accounted for his extraordinary fall A singular account of a wondrous life.

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    1. I was born in an odd generation that somehow missed the Rajesh Khanna euphoria. I missed inheriting it from my parents, who had been young and film-crazy when Ashok Kumar, Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand had been in their prime. And I missed being part of it; I was born just after Rajesh Khanna—who had one of the shortest-ever reigns of any superstar anywhere—had come to the last of his fifteen-in-a-row super hit films. Yes, I admit it: I am not too much of a Rajesh Khanna fan. I like him alrigh [...]

    2. I love books based on the Hindi film industry. This biography of Rajesh Khanna, besides being aptly titled, was well written too. It concentrated more on his films and less on his personal life’s failures and successes.

    3. An insightful look into the ups and downs of Rajesh Khanna's career. The first "superstar" of the Indian film industry, this was a man consumed by his own myth.The author treads a fine line (successfully, I might add) of staying on topic and doesn't bring references of the actor's personal life unless it is connected or required.A brilliant portrayal of the career graph of a man who was once the romantic ideal and idol of many a women

    4. BeautifulVery heart touching and nicely narrated. to know much more than knew about legend of legend and all time super star.

    5. Though not a fan of the superstar, this book compels one to make a list of Late Rajesh Khanna's films and watch it only because the author has shared perspective that's unthinkable. I am going to do just that along with a friend who first read the book and recommended that I should read too. Author Gautam Chintamani's narrative makes you part of the superstar's life in such a way that you can't stay away from the book till it says 'pack up'. Love the way the chapter names are taken from lines of [...]

    6. The book starts off with a forward by Sharmila Tagore and it made my heart glad, because I was coming from reading another biography of Khanna where his leading ladies don't get heard at all. They say a life is as interesting as the person who you choose to tell your story. In the hands of a good author who puts in hours in research, a sparkling life also becomes brilliant. This book is well researched and most of the information comes from people who worked with Khanna in some capacity. The wri [...]

    7. The best take on a celebrity's life can be posthumously. At least this is what this very well researched and balanced book proves. Rajesh Khanna's blockbuster days may have been over, but his die hard fans and his haters never reduced, even decades after his days of super stardom.The best examples being that the Kingdom of Dreams is running a romantic musical called Jhumroo, which is a tribute to Kishore Kumar. 13 songs, and NOT A SINGLE from a Kaka movie. Impossible to believe its an oversight. [...]

    8. Fascinating, in a fairy tale sort of way. Gives some insight in the field of Hindi cinema over the past four decades and the way Rajesh Khanna was perceived by contemporaries, fans, colleagues, family and friends. It's such a shame we can't hear his own side of the story anymore. He was the most human of superstars, meaning his reaction to his stardom and its failure after only a couple of years is very comprehensible from a regular human perspective. Maybe if he in fact had been a god, he would [...]

    9. Happiness lies within oneself. Wish he could have lived longer. Good material to read about superstar. Couldn't put it down. RK lives in our memories not matter what mannerisms he had.

    10. Good narration and interesting information about the first super star of Bollywood. Can conclude that the star was highly misinterpreted by media and fans as well. Awaiting next book from Gautam.

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