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Nikhil Dwivedi to produce Rajesh Khanna biopic

Writer: Heidi Hsia

He was the original and 'First Superstar' of Bollywood
He was the original and "First Superstar" of Bollywood

30 Dec - Bollywood producer Nikhil Dwivedi has recently confirmed that he will be producing a biopic on the life of the late superstar, Rajesh Khanna.

The actor-producer, known for films like "Veere Di Wedding" and "Dabangg 3", shared the good news on the eve of the late actor's 79th birthday, saying that he has acquired the rights to Gautam Chintamani's book, "Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna".

"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," said Nikhil.

Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh in 'Kati Patang'
Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh in "Kati Patang"

Nikhil in currently discussing with Farah Khan to helm the project
Nikhil in currently discussing with Farah Khan to helm the project

On the other hand, Farah admitted that she is very fascinated by the book, adding, "We are in a conversation over this but I cannot comment more."

Rajesh Khanna made his acting debut in 1966 with "Aakhri Khat", which became India's first official Oscar entry. He went on to film a huge number of movies, and even starred in 15 consecutive solo films from 1969 to 1971, which included hits like "Kati Patang" "Haathi Mere Saathi", "Safar", and a special appearance in "Andaz".

'Aradhana' sees Rajesh Khanna working with Sharmila Tagore
"Aradhana" sees Rajesh Khanna working with Sharmila Tagore

Rajesh Khanna with daughter Twinkle Khanna
Rajesh Khanna with daughter Twinkle Khanna

The actor, who married actress Dimple Kapadia from 1973 to 1982, passed away in July 2012 from cancer, leaving daughters Twinkle and Rinke Khanna. He was 69.

Cinema Online, 30 December 2021


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