Directed by the lovely Hrishikesh Mukherjee and written by Gulzar, 'Anand', is a classic of Bollywood cinema. Rajesh Khanna played the role of the optimistic dying man with such ease and honesty, that it becomes impossible on to fall in love with him.
In Shakti Samanta's acclaimed film about the life of a tawwaif, Rajesh Khanna plays a lonely drunkard, Anand Babu, who comes to the red light district to escape the emptiness of his house. Khanna brings a certain vulnerability to the character, hiding the pain in his eyes with a smile and a joke.
Khanna worked again with Hrishikesh Mukherjee for this comedy. He enters the home of a dysfunctional argumentative family, ironically called Shanti Niwas, as a cook and attempts to unite them with his good nature.
Before Amar Prem, Khanna had worked with Shakti Samanta and Sharmila Tagore in this picture. He oozed charisma in this film as, Arun, an Air force pilot. His performance in the song 'Mere Sapno ki Rani' made it into an iconic song sequence.
Yash Chopra's psychological thriller, 'Ittefaq', differed from his usual style of film. However, he played the 'madman' Dilip with conviction, easily embodying the uneasiness, anxiety and growing confusion.
In this social drama, Khanna plays the friend of an industrialist who starts working in the mills as a ruse but slowly becomes conscious of the workers' rights. He conveys his internal conflicts between his love for the workers and his friend in a melodramatic and affectatious way.
In this heartwarming story of unbreakable love between man and beast, Rajesh Khanna played an orphan named Raju who grew up in the circus with four elephants. When Raju's wife leaves him because of the fear that they might harm their baby, the elephants try to unite them. It was a unique film filled with animals and melodrama.
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