Rajesh Khanna, the original superstar,' is the subject of the first-ever biography.
Few people could make a greater case that their life was supposed to be a book.
spent the larger part of his career in the shadow of his own popularity, like a shooting star condemned to darkness after a spectacular run. Despite the fact that Khanna's last enormous smash was forty years ago, he remains the bar by which every
Khanna, during a period when movie stars were actually larger than life, was the one who created the term
'superstar.' Jatin Khanna
was born to middle-class parents but was adopted by wealthy cousins who raised him as a prince. He was already well-known as the struggler who drove an exotic sports vehicle when he won the
Filmfare-United Producers Combine Talent Hunt
The world was at Khanna's feet, with seventeen consecutive blockbuster singles and widespread devotion never witnessed before or since. Everything he came into contact with turned to gold. People bringing sick children for his 'healing' touch after Haathi Mere Saathi, ladies penning him messages in blood, marrying his portrait, and donning
white when he married Dimple Kapadia - the panic he aroused was unsurpassed. Then everything changed in a span of months. Just
three years after Aradhana (1969), Khanna's career went into a tailspin as stunning as his dizzying climb, and he never fully recovered.
examines the phenomena of a performer who redefined the term
The compelling tale of Gautam Chintamani
seeks to make sense of what made
who he was and what led to his astonishing collapse. A one-of-a-kind narrative of a remarkable life.
Harper Collins Publishers
India published the book in 2014. Gautam Chintamani
is the author of 'Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna' 2014.