On the eve of Rajesh Khanna’s 79th birthday, a biopic has been announced on the late superstar. Producer Nikhil Dwivedi has acquired the rights to Gautam Chintamani’s book Dark Star: The Loneliness Of Being Rajesh Khanna, which has topped bestseller lists in the past.
Filmmaker Farah Khan is reportedly directing the film. She will write the screenplay with Gautam Chintamani. A lead actor has yet to be announced for the project.
Born Jatin Khanna, Rajesh Khanna made his debut with Aakhri Khat (1966) under the aegis of Chetan Anand. He saw a meteoric rise in the Hindi film industry, becoming his first superstar and delivering 17 successive blockbusters at one point. His decades-long career has been marked by extreme ups and downs.
He was a Member of Parliament between 1992 and 1996 and died of a prolonged illness in 2012. He is survived by his wife Dimple Kapadia and his daughters Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna.
Nikhil Dwivedi said: âYes, I have acquired the rights to Gautam Chintamani’s book, Dark Star, and I am in talks with Farah Khan to make the film. That’s all I can say at the moment. as major developments go on, I will be happy to share because I am so very excited to bring Rajesh Khanna’s story to the big screen. “
Commenting on the project, Farah Khan said: âYes, I have read Gautam’s book and itâs fascinating. Itâs really an exciting story. We are in conversation about it but I cannot say more. “