Rajesh Khanna

Born Dec. 29, 1942, in Amritsar, India, Rajesh Khanna skyrocketed to Bollywood fame after a stint in theater. He made his film debut in Aakhri Khat (1966) and saw his stardom grow with the release of 1969's Aradhana (1969), in which Khanna cut a dynamic figure playing a dual role.

Khanna continued to impress audiences -- and to cultivate his screen persona as a vulnerable romantic -- in Safar (1970) and Anand (also 1970). Khanna extended his string of box-office hits with Amar Prem (1971), while strong performances in Bawarchi (1972) and Namak Haraam (1973) earned him critical acclaim.

Though his star had begun to fade, Khanna pulled off a hat trick in 1983 with three successful films: Avtaar, Souten and Agar Tum Na Hote. The charismatic actor later entered the political arena and served a term in parliament.