Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna

Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna (English, Hardcover, Chintamani Gautam)


Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna  (English, Hardcover, Chintamani Gautam)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: HarperCollins India
    • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
    • ISBN: 9789350296202, 9350296209
    • Edition: 1st Edition
    • Pages: 272
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    Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna is the biography of the veteran Indian movie star, compiled by Gautam Chintamani. The book has a foreword written by actress, Sharmila Tagore.

    Summary of the Book

    Born as 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 All India Talent Contest organized by United Producers and Filmfare, he was already known for being that struggler who drove an imported sports car! With seventeen blockbuster hits in sequence, and mass worship seldom seen ever before or since, the world was at Khanna’s feet. And then in a matter of months, it all changed. Mirroring the meteoric rise, Khanna’s cinema career hit a downward spiral just three years after the movie, Aradhana, and never really recovered. Recounting the films and the times of Rajesh Khanna, Dark Star looks at the phenomenon of an actor who completely redefined the phrase ‘film star’. Even after decades since his last monstrous hit, Khanna continues to be a benchmark by which every aspiring Bollywood star is measured.

    About Gautam Chintamani

    Gautam Chintamani is an Indian writer. He is an avid cinephile, accustomed to writing on the world cinema, Bollywood and absolutely everything in between.

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    Author Info
    • Gautam Chintamani is the author of Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna (2014) and Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak: The Film That Revived Hindi Cinema (2016). His writing has featured in national publications, including a compilation on Dadasaheb Phalke Awardees published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Legends of Indian Silver Screen. He was on the National Film Awards jury for Best Writing on Cinema in 2016. Gautam is the great-grandson of literarian Sir C.Y. Chintamani and the grandchild of Telugu poet laureate Aurdra and noted feminist writer K. Ramalakshmi. He and his wife, Amrita, along with their dog, Buddy, live in Gurgaon and in the hills of Himachal.
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    Superstars are not cliched - Dark Star is a shining example

    Rajesh Khanna is considered to be a pioneer - Bollywood's first superstar. His fame and adulation gave the industry a new word - Superstar. In the late sixties or early seventies, the word Superstar was as alien as the Rs 100 crore club was a few years ago. Interestingly, a whole generation grew up without experiencing the real super stardom of Rajesh Khanna.

    Post his death, Rajesh Khanna was back in the news in a big way. The years preceding his death, he was virtually absent from the media...

    Abhijit Lahiri

    Nov, 2014

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    A good read

    Took this book for a read during my flight. A nice piece for people who like dramatics and would like to know the details of the Mr Khanna's life and what actually happens on ground, of the famous films made.

    It also inspires showing that even this big star had his share of struggles and destiny worked in a way to get him on the progressive ladder, though there was no question about the talent he had.

    Been across first few chapters by now, so far it is interesting, inspiring and real.

    Ankur Sharma

    Dec, 2014

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    A Heart Rendering Tale

    An excellent insight into the dark side of the brightest star. Its really heartbreaking to read how an actor Rajesh Khanna was consumed by a star Rajesh Khanna. The author Chintamani deserves all applauds for his keen research on the erstwhile star.
    The book provides a comprehensive review of most of the Khanna starer movies. Yet one significant but forgotten Dharm aur Kanoon found no mention.
    All in all a treat for all Khanna fans

    Ravi Kumar

    Certified Buyer, Jhunjhunu

    Dec, 2014

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    Very good book.A worth read.After reading this work it seems that we know this star very closely.We can also learn a lot that how arrogance sometimes may bring disaster.

    Yadvinder Kumar

    Certified Buyer, Patran

    Oct, 2016

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