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Born on December 29, 1942, Jatin Khanna a.k.a., Rajesh Khanna or Kaka, became the first superstar of the Hindi film industry and was the indisputable king of the 70s. The actor had tied the knot with actress, Dimple Kapadia, in 1973 when the latter was just 16-year-old. Dimple was 15 years younger than Rajesh and it was only a few months before her Bollywood debut when the couple had tied the knot. Dimple and Rajesh were blessed with two daughters, Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna.
Twinkle Khanna is the first child of Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia. Do you know that she shares her birthday with her superstar daddy? Yes, it was on Rajesh Khanna’s 31st birthday, when Dimple had given him the sweetest surprise in the form of their baby girl, Twinkle. Born in a family of superstars, Twinkle Khanna had followed the footsteps of her parents and had made her acting debut in 1995 with the film, Barsaat opposite, Bobby Deol. After doing some other films, which had failed to leave their mark at the box office, Twinkle had left acting and had begun writing.
Twinkle Khanna has always been daddy's girl and she has proved it time and again. To mark her father, Rajesh Khanna's 79th birth anniversary, Twinkle took to her Instagram handle and shared a throwback picture of her with her daddy dearest. In the picture, baby Twinkle can be seen planting a kiss on her daddy’s cheek. In the caption, the actress shared how her father used to call her the best birthday gift ever, and wrote:
“He always said I was the best present he could have ever received, as I tumbled feet first into the world on his birthday. A little star looking up at the biggest one in the galaxy. It’s our day together, now and forever.”
A few months back, we had stumbled upon a throwback picture of Twinkle, moments after she was born. In the picture, Rajesh Khanna had held their newborn baby girl, Twinkle in his arms, while Dimple had lovingly looked at him. The picture was published in a newspaper article, where it was mentioned that Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia’s baby girl, Twinkle was born in Jaslok Hospital and had weighed seven pounds.
It was on July 18, 2012, when the nation had received the shocking news of Rajesh Khanna's demise. While the whole nation was in tears, for Twinkle, it was one of the darkest phases of her life. But over the years, she had ensured to keep him alive in the hearts and memories of everyone by sharing pictures and videos of him on her social media handles. On July 18, 2019, it was Rajesh Khanna's seventh death anniversary and Twinkle had written a heartwarming note remembering him. Sharing a throwback black and white picture, she had written:
“Still lives on-in my heart and within all the millions who made space for him in theirs.”
Twinkle had shared a warm bond with her father, Rajesh Khanna and every now and then, she misses his presence in her life. On June 20, 2020, Twinkle Khanna had taken to her Instagram handle to wish her late father, Rajesh Khanna on Father’s Day. Sharing a monochrome picture from her childhood with her daddy dearest, Twinkle had shared that she knows Father’s Day is on Sunday, but for her, it will always be in December. Sharing the reason why, she had written:
"Father’s Day may be this Sunday but for me it will always be in December. He told my mother that I was the best present she could have ever given him as I entered the world, feet first, on his 31st birthday. He called me Tina Baba, never baby, and though I didn't realise it at that point, my upbringing was different from all the other young girls around me."
We wish Rajesh Khanna and Twinkle Khanna a very happy birthday!