Akshay Kumar has been a fan of Rajesh Khanna, the superstar of his era. Many films of Rajesh like Amar Prem, Kati Patang, Aradhana are Akshay's favorite films.
Mumbai: Rajesh Khanna, who was a veteran actor of Bollywood, used to speak in his time. Rajesh used to have the ability to make any film a hit on his own. Rajesh Khanna won the Filmfare Award thrice and was nominated 14 times. Young people used to come to Mayanagari every day to meet Rajesh Khanna. His stardom and hypnosis were such that everyone was his admirer. The youth of the country used to think that if Rajesh Khanna's hand falls on his head, then his luck will shine. Akshay Kumar was one of these youths.
Like many youngsters, Akshay Kumar was a big fan of Rajesh Khanna's films. Akshay was looking for work in the film industry in those days. Growing up after watching Rajesh's films from childhood, Akshay had a special respect for him in his heart. Many of Rajesh's films like 'Amar Prem', 'Kati Patang', 'Aradhana' are Akshay's favorite films.
If media reports are to be believed, Akshay Kumar went to meet him in the hope of getting work in Rajesh Khanna's film 'Jai Shiv Shankar' being made in 1990. Many youngsters auditioned for this film being directed by S.A. Chandrashekhar. When Akshay Kumar went to meet Rajesh Khanna, he kept him sitting in his office for hours. Despite keeping him for hours, Kaka did not come to meet him. Apart from Rajesh Khanna, Chunky Pandey, Jitendra, and Dimple Kapadia were cast in this film. However, due to some reason, this film was stopped only after half-making, and to date, it could not be released.
No one would have thought at that time that the young man who did not go to meet Rajesh Khanna would one day become his son-in-law. Akshay Kumar gradually became a successful actor while working in the film industry and married Rajesh Khanna's daughter Twinkle Khanna in 2001. Rajesh loved his two daughters Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna very much. Interestingly, both Twinkle Khanna and Rajesh Khanna have their birthdays on 29 December.