Sharmila Tagore shares 3 things about Rajesh Khanna on his 10th death anniversary
Having done some of the most defining films of her career with the superstar, Sharmila Tagore shares her personal experiences and insights about the legend Rajesh Khanna in an audiobook
Known for their powerful chemistry on screen, actress Sharmila Tagore and superstar Rajesh Khanna have worked in over 10 films together. Having done some of the most defining films of her career with the superstar, the iconic actress shares her personal experiences and insights about the legend in the audiobook ‘Rajesh Khanna: Ek Tanha Sitara’, available on Audible.
1. Sharmila Tagore, superstar Rajesh Khanna’s favourite co-star, mentions that women came out in droves to see him. She says “There was a long queue of women from nine to ninety outside the studio where we worked. The hysteria was unprecedented.” Sharmila also mentions, “He (Rajesh Khanna) probably didn’t have the attributes that are normally associated with a hero, what he had was a disarming smile, youthful energy and an innate sense of drama and a well-modulated voice which he used to his fullest advantage.”
2. Sharmila Ji says, “Mujh par kaka (Rajesh Khanna) ki jo baat asar karti thi, vo thi unke kaam par der pahuchne ki aadat. Kyunki 9 baje ki shift ke liye kaka kabhi bhi 12 baje se pehle nahi pahuchte the." She further adds “Iss liye maine anya abhinetaon ke saath kaam karne ka faisla kiya, bawajood iske ki humari jodi bohot safal hui thi.” (One thing that affected me the most about Kaka was him coming late for the shoots. For a 9 am shift, Kaka never reached before 12 pm. That's why I decided to work with other actors even after knowing that our on-screen pairing was quite successful and loved by audiences.)
3. Sharmila Ji shares in the audiobook, “Rajesh Khanna was a man full of contradictions and complexities, I have seen him be very generous with his co actors, colleagues and friends...showering them with expensive gifts. Sometimes he even bought them a house but in return, it seems Kaka had great expectations of them, which eventually strained his relations."