Rajesh Khanna


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Rajesh Khanna rose to prominence as a Bollywood actor via Hindi films such as Chetan Anand's Aakhri Khat/ The Last Letter (1966), Yash Chopra's Ittefaq (1969), Ayyavoo Arumugam Thirumugam's Haathi Mere Saathi/ Elephants Are My Companions (1971), scripted by Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, Shakti Samanta's Aradhana/ Worship (1969), Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Anand (1971), Ramesh Sippy's Andaz (1971), written by Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, and Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Bawarchi (1972), written by Tapan Sinha.

For several years Khanna benefited from the songs composed by Rahul Dev Burman and sung by playback singer Kishore Kumar in films such as Shakti Samanta's Kati Patang (1971), Shakti Samanta's Amar Prem (1972) and Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Namak Haraam (1973). During this time he was in high demand, making four or five movies per year.

Laxmikant Pyarelal composed the songs of Roti (1974), directed by Manmohan Desai and scripted by Kader Khan.

His fame escalated to the point that in 1985 he made more than ten movies.

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