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Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna

 
Gautam Chintamani (Author) Sharmila Tagore (Foroward)
Synopsis

The first-ever biography of the enigmatic Rajesh Khanna, the original 'superstar'

If ever a life was meant to be a book, few could stake a stronger claim. Like a shooting star doomed to darkness after a glorious run, Rajesh Khanna spent the better half of his career in the shadow of his own stardom. Yet, forty years after his last monstrous hit, Khanna continues to be the yardstick by which every single Bollywood star is measured.

At a time when film stars were truly larger than life, Khanna was even more: the one for whom the term 'superstar' was coined. Born Jatin Khanna to middle-class parents, the actor was adopted by rich relatives who brought him up like a prince. By the time he won the Filmfare-United Producers Combine Talent Hunt, he was already famous for being the struggler who drove an imported sports car.

Dark Star looks at the phenomenon of an actor who redefined the 'film star'. Gautam Chintamani's engaging narrative tries to make sense of what it was that made Rajesh Khanna and what accounted for his extraordinary fall. A singular account of a wondrous life.

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Bibliographic information

Title Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789350296202
length xiv+242p., 16 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; Colour; 22cm.