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so we will look at promoting and strengthening it,” said Chief Minister Anandiben Patel while speaking at ‘Gujarat Investor Summit’ during the ongoing Make in India week in Mumbai.000 villagers affected by the project.is?because like a meteorRajesh Khanna is back in our lives and memories swell up of a time when we were all younger and somehow more innocent The news of his health and stay in hospital has revived memories of the days when the whole nation was in love with this man Cinema is a medium of the young It is sustained by the youth of each cohort those between teenagewhen you can follow your own whims for the first time after childhoodand the age when the cares and worries of being householders leave you little time for dreams It is this generation that constitutes the fans and eager followers of fashion and fun Each generation determines who its star will be It was Ashok Kumar for the cohort of 1915-1930 and the famous trio of Dilip KumarRaj Kapoor and Dev Anand for those born between 1930 and 1945 For anyone born betweensay1945 and 1955life was defined by Rajesh Khannabecause he was their contemporary and defined them in a way that an iconic figure does in each generation India was changing in the sixties In the fiftieseven the great trios of DilipDev and Rajand NargisMadhubala and Meena Kumaripopular as they weredid not attain superstar status It was our faultwe who were their fans We were too decorous We sought their autographs discreetlyapproaching them with respect and some fear The GenNext had no such qualms They had tasted Shammi Kapoors yahoo phase and boldness became their byword They bombarded their favourites with everything they had and they had much more than the fifties fans as India was getting richerthanks to a decade of steady growth after a century of stagnation Rajesh Khanna was the man they mobbed and sobbed for Even as the older trio was still shining though the original RK was a bit dimmed after Mera Naam Joker the adoration for Rajesh Khanna broke all records with his fifteen successive single star hits As Mumtazhis co-star for half a dozen hit filmsrecalledthere would be scores of girls waiting outside the hotel where he was staying in Madras and they would not let him go till they had an autograph These girls wore lipstickunlike their older sistersand smeared it over his cars or even over their own cars with his name blazoneddeclaring their love Women married his photographno doubt dreaming that some day their prince would give them the kiss of a superstar His rise was sudden After the trio of Dilip-Raj-DevRajendra Kumar and Manoj Kumar or Dharmendra should have succeeded the original greats While they were starshere was a superstara phenomenon unknown previously to the Hindi film industry He became an internationally known icon The word Bollywood had to wait thirty years to be invented Yet here was a superstar on whom the BBC made a documentary I saw it in London at its first showing in 1974 It recounted his filmsAradhana and Anand and Haathi Mere Saathiand his record of multiple hits It reported on the hysteria he generated among his fans This was the first time a Bombay cinema icon had been noticed by the BBC or any foreign TV channeland not just because there was a growing Indian diaspora watching western TV programmes Rajesh Khanna was the first mega star of new India Did the BBC documentary spell trouble Was it a case of nazar lag gayi That could be an explanation because the turning point for Rajesh Khanna came just around then Suddenlyhe went out of fashion The hits became rarer though the films were still good in terms of content His co-star in AnandAmitabh Bachchanbecame the flavour of the decade and went on undiminished for the next thirty years and still dazzles The anguish and widespread concern that Bachchans on-set injury caused across India was a reminder of the emotional waves superstars cause But Rajesh Khanna reminds us of gentler times It was a time when the nation still had a joy in its heart and hopes for the future Our younger boys and girls had more freedom to indulge their fantasies The troubles of the nation the corruptionthe violencethe injustice that Big B so brilliantly reflected were still in the futurein what we can call a post-Rajesh Khanna world Those were the days of the Emergency and much division in society Rajesh Khanna brought cheer to an India that still believed in itselfknew goodness was possibleas his character showed in Anand He was also the harbinger of a generation change Kishore Kumar meant little for the fifties generation except as a yodeller but with Rajesh Khanna he climbed new heights Pancham and Salim-Javedwho changed Hindi cinema for the seventies and laterwere right there with him But everyone had hits with himbe it Laxmikant-Pyarelal or Hrishikesh Mukherjee He had the golden touch Nowperhapswith India richer than ever beforewith a new generation loaded with appsit may be good to get Kaka back in our lives in an active way to remind us of the days when we were somehow better Rajesh KhannaactorproducerTV and film starMP and many many more thingsshould come back in our lives It has been a long time Aa ab laut chalein The writeran economist and Labour peeris the author of Dilip Kumar in the Life of India, We need people to come on a holiday to see something that is all in all a fantastic experience. in Class XI in urban area grant-in-aid schools, For all the latest Entertainment News, founder and principal designer of Bucket Design, If that side is ours, no matter how poor.

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