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Rajesh Khanna’s statue to be unveiled on first death anniversary, July 18

Mumbai, July 17 (): A statue of the late Bollywood’s original “superstar” Rajesh Khanna will be unveiled in Mumbai on Thursday on his first death anniversary, July 18.

Last year, on July 18, the 69-year-old actor passed away at his residence ‘Aashirwaad’ after being critically ill. In an apt tribute to Bollywood legend on his first death anniversary, the statue will be set up at the Bandra bandstand along with prominent personalities like Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra and Dev Anand.

Channel UTV Stars announced on Wednesday that the statue will be unveiled at the Walk of the Stars at Bandra Bandstand Promenade, Mumbai. The statement from the channel said that UTV Stars would commemorate the inimitable style and charismatic smile of Rajesh Khanna in a life-size brass statue.

The statement further stated that the brass statue would immortalise one of his iconic poses from his films and would be unveiled by family members of the family amongst the other well-known names from the industry. However, the installation of the statue will take place early next month.

Rajesh Khanna, fondly called as Kaka in the film world, started his career with Aakhri Khat in 1966 and in a career spanning five decades, he became a superstar like no other with hits like Aradhana, Do Raaste, Safar and Anand.

Khanna was the first superstar of Indian cinema to give 15 consecutive solo hit films during his golden period from 1969-72, a record that remains unbroken till today.

The Walk of the Stars brings fans closer to their favourite Bollywood images by way of installing their statues and handprints.

Dimple Kapadia received Padma Bhushan on behalf of late husband Rajesh Khanna in New Delhi, after his death.

Rajesh Khanna’s last film Riyasat was supposed to come out on Rajesh Khanna’s birth anniversary, but director Ashok Tyagi says the movie will be released on his first death anniversary July 18.