Rajesh Khanna began his film career in 1966 with low-budget productions in Bollywood. His roles were the social reality of India adapted the 1960s and 1970s, and his image as a young hero and heartthrob made him the ideal choice for rebellious petty criminals from lower social backgrounds and people in existential distress. Khanna was at times the most popular performers. With the films Andaz, Amar Prem and Anand (all 1971) he supplanted the former superstar and box office magnet Shammi Kapoor final. After 1974, he was replaced himself in this position by Amitabh Bachchan.
Khanna frequently appeared as a partner of Sharmila Tagore in appearance and was one of the great stars of the Hindi film of the late 60s and early 70s. He starred in about 160 films. In 2005 he was awarded the Filmfare Award in the Lifetime Achievement category. He was also a three-time award winner in the category for Best Actor.
Since the 1990s, Rajesh Khanna, however, was barely visible in movies, because he was involved in party politics in the Congress Party and was for a term of a member of the Indian Parliament.
Khanna was married to actress Dimple Kapadia; his daughters Rinkie and Twinkle Khanna are also busy in Bollywood. His son is the actor Akshay Kumar.