A biopic of India’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, is in the works. With roles in films such as Anand, Aradhana, Kati Patang, Amar Prem, and Khamoshi, the word “superstar” was invented to describe the actor’s meteoric rise to fame. Nikhil Dwivedi, an actor-producer, is set to produce the biography after acquiring the rights to adapt Gautam Chintamani’s book “Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna” into a film. While Gautam will work on the adaptation, Farah Khan is reportedly in talks to direct the film.
It’s only apt that a film about India’s most renowned performer, for whom the term “Superstar” was first invented, gets revealed on the night of Rajesh Khanna’s 79th birthday (December 29th).
The level of universal adoration Rajesh Khanna elicited was clear in the truckloads of fanfare he received, something that had never been witnessed before or after. Female followers were so enamoured with him that they wrote him blood letters, married his photos, and fell into grief when he married Dimple Kapadia (in March 1973).
The enigmatic actor, who made his screen debut in Chetan Anand’s Aakhri Khat (1966), had a never-before-seen meteoric rise and, regrettably, a just-as-quick fall. Not to mention the fact that his recovery was as remarkable.
Jatin Khanna, popularly known as Kaka by his industry peers, had a complicated personality that was sadly misunderstood by many. Those who were close to him and benefited from his generosity, on the other hand, swear by his generosity. The Nikhil Dwivedi-produced biopic, which will also be a tribute to India’s original superstar, will bring this and many other aspects of the actor highlighted in Gautam Chintamani’s book to the screen.
While ace director Farah Khan is expected to direct the film, which she will co-write with Gautam Chintamani, everyone is waiting to see who would play the Hindi Cinema Phenomenon.
Nikhil Dwivedi says, “Yes, I’ve acquired the rights to Gautam Chintamani’s book, “Dark Star”, and I’m in talks with Farah Khan to make the film. That’s all I can say for now. As and when any major development happens, I’ll be happy to share because I’m really very excited about bringing Rajesh Khanna’s story to the big screen.”
Commenting about it Farah Khan says, “Yes I have read Gautam’s book and it’s very fascinating. It’s definitely an exciting story. We are in a conversation over this but I cannot comment more”.