RIP, Rajesh Khanna: Bollywood star of yesteryear has died at the age of 69.

RIP, Rajesh Khanna: Bollywood star of yesteryear has died at the age of 69. He had a huge fan following from his romantic roles. I like this song for the beautiful lyrics, from the critically acclaimed 1971 film Anand, also starring superstar Amitabh Bachchan, and sung by Mukesh.

“Kahin door jab din dhal jaye

Saanjh ki dulhan badan churaaye, chupake se aaye

Mere khayaalon ke aangan mein

Koi sapanon ke deep jalaaye, deep jalaaye”.

Somewhere distant when the day falls

The bride of dusk softly approaches

In the courtyard of my mind

Someone lights the lamp of my dreams.


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43 Responses to RIP, Rajesh Khanna: Bollywood star of yesteryear has died at the age of 69.

  1. Rajini Rao says:

    He was the superstar of my childhood years.

  2. Rajini Rao says:

    Bruce Harding , I couldn’t find a decent translation or I would have linked to it. So I attempted the first verse myself 🙂

  3. I remember the college going guys imitating his hair style mannerism to impress girls. He was icon of romance.

  4. Rajini Rao says:

    Who was his most frequent leading lady? Sharmila Tagore?

  5. That was in famous Aradhana. Later, he got some hit movies with Babita, Mumtaz.. as far I recall. He has some good songs on his movies.

  6. Jun C says:

    Sorry to hear… The Philippines lost one of their actors last week to… He was a comedian named “Dolphy”… He was one of favorites growing up… 🙂

  7. Rajini Rao says:

    They are linked to memories of our childhood and youth…

    RIP, Dolphy!

  8. miss u


  9. I and my brothers along with friends stood hours to see the movie Aaradhana, great actor. 

  10. Kunal Rohit says:

    “Arre o Pushpa, i hate tears re……………”

  11. Sunil Bajpai says:

    Rajini Rao You translated well by not doing it literally. Must confess I’d never before paid attention to the meaning of these words.

  12. Rajini Rao says:

    Hehe, Sunil Bajpai , badan churaaye would sound strange in English. The lyrics convey so much more in Hindi.

  13. you are most welcome .. :):)

  14. those are matching very well  i am gunna share it ^-^


  15. It’s damn trueeeeeee .. 

  16. Rajini Rao says:

    Thanks, Sagar Kumbhar !

  17. Kevin Clift says:

    I made Sivarama Venkatesan laugh when I told him that the reason I had seen quite a lot of Indian films was in part because at one time all of the recommendations from Netflix in the category People in Cupertino are watching were from India:

  18. Rajini Rao says:

    Haha, Kevin Clift , I can only imagine the number of Indian expats in Silicon Valley. I will confess to not having watched a Bollywood movie for many, many years. I barely have the patience to watch any movie these days 🙂

  19. Rajini Rao says:

    You are so welcome, Thuan Pham-Budin . It is a sad, sweet song. 

  20. Rajini Rao says:

    Thuan Pham-Budin  A typical Hindi movie has at least half a dozen songs which convey the actor’s feelings. The story of this movie is in the link that Kevin Clift provided, that I’m pasting here: “When a doctor (Amitabh Bachchan) wins a literary prize for his first novel, he reveals that his subject was based in fact, not fiction. Via flashback, he tells the story of Anand Saigal (Rajesh Khanna), a patient with a terminal disease who refused to believe death was his destiny. In turn, Anand touched the lives of everyone around him and proved that his spirit could endure in the lives of those who loved him.” 

    That’s why the song is a thoughtful, pensive one! There are plenty of Bollywood songs that are full of dancing and merriment 🙂

  21. Yohan Wadia says:

    Huge loss for the Bollywood as well as the Indian community all around the world.. he was a true hero for me !!

    We will always miss you Kaka..

    God bless you..

  22. Mary W. says:

    I am not familiar with this gentleman & talents which is now a honored memory but I wanted to express my condolences to all who admired & loved him.

  23. Rest of the lyrics (thanks to harshakool):

    Kabi Yuhi Jab Huyi, Bojhal Saansen

    (Sometimes when just like that, the breaths become heavy)

    bhar Aayi, Baithe Baithe, Jab Yuhin Aankhen /2x]

    (when the eyes moisten with tears for no reason)

    tabhi Machala Ke, Pyaar Se Chal Ke

    (then someone, very lovingly)

    chhuye Koyi Mujhe Par, Nazar Na Aaye, Nazar Na Aaye

    (touches me but can not be seen)

    kahin To Ye Dil Kabhi Mil Nahin Paate

    (sometimes, these hearts can not even meet)

    kahin Se Nikal Aaye Janmon Ke Naate

    (and sometimes, the bonds are there from so many lives)

    ghani Thi Ulajhan Bairi Apanaa Man

    (Very heavy is the dilemma, strange is my heart)

    apanaa Hi Hoke Sahe Dard Paraaye Dard Paraaye

    (being mine it tolerates the grief/pain of others)

  24. Ravi Jain says:

    miss u……….

  25. Shiju Mathai says:

    Love u Khanna Saheb…KAKA

  26. Ankush Raut says:

    We never forget…..miss u….

  27. Kevin Clift says:

    The first few minutes of The Strand from the BBC Worldservice last night had a summary including some brief music:

  28. He was revered in my country, Mauritius. RIP.

  29. I did not need to understand the source language to recognize that the translation was a vast improvement on it. You have given me your poetry. I honor it, not clothed in sackcloth, but spiced with neuro”science”

    Elegy to a temporal lobe:

    When as a child I laughed and wept, TIME crept

    When as a youth I dreamed and talked, TIME walked

    As I became a full-grown man, TIME ran

    Later, as I older grew, TIME flew.

    Now I have found, travelling on,

    TIME gone

    Requiem for a parietal lobe:

    Space-time – once upon a time I knew it well,

    But now I find my way by sense of smell

    Eulogy to the prefrontal cortex:

    Though much is lost, I’m still the boss, so it’s simply up to me

    BTW I know it’s duck-assed doggerel, but it keeps the wolf at bay.

  30. Rajini Rao says:

    Gnotic Pasta : Good to see you back on G+ (even if you poke fun at the iPad, lol). Not quite your Bollywood style song and dance, for that..head over to Kimberly’s recent post 🙂

  31. Rajini Rao says:

    Awesome to have you back, Dan 🙂

  32. Rajini Rao says:

    That was lovely (but when did they start kissing in Hindi films? 😮 )

    I’ll listen again and try to translate the song…but the title asks whether it is magic or an addictive drug 🙂

  33. Unforgettable Rajini Rao and thank you for posting this just took be back 

  34. RIP kaka….my favorite song starring him is mere sapno ki rani kaab aaogi tum…I loved the peppy music there…

    Mere Sapnon Ki Rani – Superhit Bollywood Song – Rajesh Khanna & Sharmila – Aradhana

  35. Ravi Jain says:

    miss u kaka………….

  36. avi singh says:

    mere sapno ke rani kab ayegi gana hum hundustani ladko ke dhadkan hai.

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