Mumbai: For some he defined romance on screen, for some his heart-warming performances brought tears, and for a whole lot of Bollywood celebrities Rajesh Khanna, Hindi cinema’s “first superstar”, was the “phenomenon” whose “magic” will live on forever through his memorable films, dialogues and songs.
Young and veteran – celebrities of all age groups remembered Rajesh Khanna, fondly called ‘Kaka’, who passed away here Wednesday following prolonged illness.
Many of them took to Twitter to share their experiences and thoughts about the 69-year-old, who delivered hits like “Anand”, “Kati Patang” and “Aradhana” among about 160 films that he featured in.
Here’s what celebrities had to say:
Shah Rukh Khan: To live with intention & walk to the edge. Play with abandon, choose with no regret. Smile & made us do the same.Sir,u defined our era.RIP. Mom & me use to sit & watch Mr.Khanna’s films back to back.Whenever life felt tough u made us feel how love could change it all. will miss u.
Karan Johar: the magic…the mannerism…the mania of RAJESH KHANNA is inscribed in every archive of indian cinema…forever….RIP SIR!!!
Madhuri Dixit-Nene: Another of Hindi cinema’s giants passes, Rajesh Khanna. Our sincere condolences to his family. We will miss him dearly.
Bipasha Basu: Loss of a Superstar!Iconic Actor!RIP Rajesh Khanna!
Randeep Hooda: RIP KAKA .. God bless you always!! The tears you hated are going to be in abundance in your absence…
Isha Koppikar: ‘The first Superstar of Bollywood passes away.You will always be alive in our hearts.R.I.P Rajesh Khannaji the eternal King of Romance.’
Sonam Kapoor: Rip rajesh khanna
Shahid Kapoor: RIP to the 1st king of romance …… Rajesh khanna ……
Jimmy Sheirgill: RIP kakaji..may the almighty bless your soul..you were and always will be a legend..
Shabana Azmi: He was d SUPERSTAR like no other Did 10 films with him Met him last at Apsara awards Pale shadow of himself but smile as winsome RIP RajeshK
Shilpa Shetty: Jus heard the sad news,heartfelt condolences & prayers 2 the family 2 cope with this irreparable loss,R.I.P Rajesh Khanna,a Superstar always
Mahesh Bhatt: When we lose a loved one, something within us dies. Our generation loved Rajesh Khanna. Today a bit of us dies with this enigmatic star.
Sophie Choudhary: R.I.P Superstar,Legend Rajesh Khanna Sahib. Ur magic, ur movies & all the incredible songs u were part of shall live on in our hearts 4ever?
Sonu Sood: RIP Rajesh Khanna Sir..Was lucky to meet him few months back at an award show.The only Super Star.
Nikhil Advani: Thoughts and prayers with Dimple ma’am, Tina, Rinke and Akshay. #RIP Rajesh Khanna.
Farah Khan: Just hrd the saddest news.the 1st Superstar of india is no more.bt the legend that was Rajesh khanna will live eternally thru his films.
Kunal Kohli: The word SuperStar was used first for Rajesh Khanna.His style.His Ada.His charm.His smile.His songs.His films. He.Will always live on
Genelia D’souza: R.I.P Rajesh Khannaji
Dia Mirza: “Babumoshai eto bhalo bhasha bhalo na…”Anand, Kati Patang, Bawarchi and many more… What a legacy you’ve left behind. RIP Rajesh Khannaji
Tusshar Kapoor: Rajesh Khanna ji, our 1st superstar is no more! I worked with him in kyaa dil ne kaha & learnt a lot just talking to him! May his soul RIP!
Vaishali Desai: RIP Rajesh Khanna ji !! “The Eternal Superstar”……..the era of Super-stardom ends with you………
Ayesha Takia Azmi: So beyond sad 2 hear of the passing of Rajesh khanna ji. Let us all pray for his family,so they may get strength.RIP Rajesh Khanna ji.
Neha Dhupia: RIP Rajesh khanna Saab … U , ur stardom, ur magic will live forever!
Rituparno Ghosh: You were the first to combine heroism and humanity in Hindi films. You were the Cupid who taught us romance. In a dhoti and kurta, you showed the rest of India how truly elegant Bengal was. Without you the screen will be robbed of much of its silver.
Rahul Bose: RIP Rajesh Khanna. The Phenomenon. Thank you for the magic.
Ken Ghosh: RIP Rajesh Khanna – my first memory of a film theatre was weeping while watching “Haathi Mere Saathi”.
Shreyas Talpade: My first film that I saw on a VCR was ‘Aradhana’. Zindagi kaisi hai paheli haaye, kabhi ye hasaye kabhi ye rulaye. RIP our very dear ‘ANAND’