Style safar

  • Roshmila Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Jul 19, 2012 16:12 IST
  • Rajesh Khanna

    A look at Rajesh Khanna's journey.

  • 1969 - Aradhana

    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 ...

  • 1969 - Khamoshi

    Rajesh Khanna and Waheeda Rahman's black and white film Khamoshi was known best for its lilting tunes.

  • 1971 - Haathi Mere Saathi

    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 ...

  • 1971 - Kati Patang

    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 ...

  • 1971 - Anand

    Anand, 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 ...

  • 1972 - Amar Prem

    Amar Prem was directed by Shakti Samanta, and is based on a story Nishipadma by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay and stars Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. The ...

  • 1972 - Bawarchi

    Bawarchi, family entertainer was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, starring Rajesh Khanna and Jaya Badhuri. The movie is about a young man named Raghu (Rajesh Khanna) ...

  • 1973 - Aavishkar

    Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore displayed a striking contrast to their chemistry in Aradhana in Aavishkar, which was about marital discord.

  • 1979 - Aan Milo Sajna

    Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh's village romance was memorable the fun-filled Aan Milo Sajna.

For ’70s Bollywood audiences, Rajesh Khanna was the ultimate romantic hero. Oscar-winning fashion designer Bhanu Athaiya points out how women of all ages swooned over him, while men aped his style.

“There was a freshness about him that made him different from the other actors of that time. Even today, his style doesn’t appear dated,” says Athaiya.

Designer Manish Malhotra agrees with Bhanu, calling Khanna Hindi cinema’s most copied superstar. “Since every woman in the country was in love with him, guys believed that if they styled themselves after him, it would make them feel like heroes, and help them woo their sapno ki ranis (dream girls),” he says.

Manish fondly remembers Khanna’s monotone “blue look” from Jai Jai Shiv Shankar, the hit song from Aap Ki Kasam (1974). “He made monotone, colour-coordinated slim trousers and kurta shirts a much-aped style statement in the ’70s,” says Manish, adding that slim pants are back in vogue, paired with loafers worn without socks.

The guru kurta-shirts, says Manish, will always be associated with Khanna, along with waistcoats and slinky belts. “With Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana (from the 1971 film Andaz), he made scarves and sunglasses fashionable,” says Manish. Bhanu remembers how he would tie a scarf around his neck, knotted on the left.

The Phenomenon is gone… But his style remains!

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