By Hindustan Times
It's Rajesh Khanna's birth anniversary today. The legendary actor, the first superstar of Bollywood and the Kaka of B-Town passed away on July 18, 2012.
As he leaves behind an epic legacy of films that make us cry, songs that we still hum today and will continue singing till the end of time and cinematic moments we all cherish.
Paired best with Sharmila Tagore and Mumtaz, Kaka has acted in more than 150 movies. Here is presenting Kaka's top 15 movies of all time.
Directed by Yash Chopra, this movie won critical acclaim for the acting and the plot. Rajesh Khanna, played by Dilip Roy, is a painter who is being tried for murdering his wife.
Paired with Sharmila Tagore and directed by Shakti Samanta, this movie was voted best film of the year by the Filmfare Awards. It gave us songs like Roop Tera Mastana and Mere Sapno Ki Rani.
Sachaa Jhutha (1970)
This movie was a box-office blockbuster and was directed by Manmohan Desai. The movie stars Rajesh Khanna as a simple villager, who has a look-alike who is a crook.
Haathi Mere Saathi (1971)
Haathi Mere Saathi was the biggest hit of 1971, going by box office collections and was a favourite with children in the early 1970s. The entertainer ranks high among the biggest ever hits of Rajesh Khanna's career, and was directed by M A Thirumugham.
Kati Patang (1971)
Paired with Asha Parekh in this one, Rajesh Khanna plays Kamal Sinha in the movie. The movie was directed by Shakti Samanta and was the second among the nine movies Samanta and Rakesh Khanna teamed in. The movie gave us superhit tracks like Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai, Yeh Shaam Mastani and Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai, Mastaana Hota Hai.
One of the most-loved movies of Kaka, starred Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles and Rajesh Khanna played the title role. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the movie is about a cancer patient(Khanna) who believes in living his life to the fullest.
Amar Prem (1972)
The film was directed by Shakti Samanta, and is based on a story Nishipadma by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay and stars Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. The thought-provoking song Chingaari Koi Bhadke written by Anand Bakshi and sung by Kishore Kumar, is one of the highlights of this classic.
This family entertainer was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, starring Rajesh Khanna and Jaya Badhuri. The movie is about a young man named Raghu (Rajesh Khanna) who offers to work as a cook, and is hired. Raghu soon becomes the family's favourite and twists in the plot ensue.
Paired with Mumtaz, this movie became a superhit at the box office. Rajesh Khanna played the lead of Surjit Singh.
Namak Haraam (1973)
Thw movie is the second Hrishikesh Mukherjee film with Rajesh Khanna after Anand. Diye Jalte Hai, Phool Khilte Hai, Nadiya se dariya, Dariye se sagar and Main Shayar Badnaam are the most memorable melodies, all rendered powerfully by Kishore Kumar and picturised on Rajesh Khanna.
Prem Nagar (1974)
The 1974 film produced by D. Ramanaidu and directed by K.S. Prakash Rao stars Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini in the lead roles.
Prem Kahani (1975)
Directed and written by Raj Khosla, the film stars Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz in the lead roles. The film's melodious music is given by Laxmikant Pyarelal.
Chakravyuha is a 1978 Bollywood film directed by Basu Chatterjee. The film stars Rajesh Khanna and Neetu Singh in lead roles.
Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar (1984)
Aaj Ka Ram Avtar MLA is a 1984 film starring starring Rajesh Khanna in the lead role. Ram Avtar, played by Rajesh Khanna, personally grooms Minister Digvijay Singh. When Digvijay's political party is in need of someone to stand in the forthcoming election, Digvijay recommends Ram Avtar as his choice.
Hum Dono (1985)
Hum Dono is a 1985 Hindi film, starring Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini, and is directed by B.S. Glaad. The music is by R D Burman, and the songs are sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle.