India’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, has had more than one success in Hindi cinema. The most special thing about Rajesh Khanna’s films was that, along with the story, the songs and the dialogue used to be a huge success. Hardly any Bollywood star has received fame like Rajesh Khanna to date. Yet when the downfall of Rajesh Khanna came, he was completely alone.
The image of Rajesh Khanna was that of a romantic and romantic actor. But as actors like Amitabh came along and made different kinds of movies, the audience caught their attention and people started to like those romantic movie movies too. As a result, Amitabh was becoming a hit on the one hand, on the other hand, Rajesh Khanna’s films began to fail. But even then Rajesh trusted his romantic image. After two films failed, Rajesh Khanna had high expectations for the movie ‘Mehbooba’ as his last 3 films with Shakti Samanta were hits.
Speaking of Rajesh Khanna during an interview, actor Prem Chopra had said that Rajesh Khanna could not change himself over time. Rajesh Khanna couldn’t do the job that Amitabh Bachchan did. He remained immersed in his old success.
At the same time, seeing Amitabh Bachchan, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt also compared him to the last Mughal emperor. In the biography of senior journalist and writer Yasir Osman Rajesh Khanna, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said that his status had become like that of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last emperor of the Mughal Sultanate. Like Zafar, Rajesh Khanna was also a sultan who had lost his sultanate, but was unwilling to believe that this was no longer the time.
However, Rajesh Khanna also realized his mistake in later days. During an interview in 1990, this was also accepted. In this interview, Rajesh Khanna said that I had started to think of myself as equal to God. Amitabh Bachchan was also present with him during this time.