"From silence to sound, from monochrome to colour – Indian cinema has been both the breeding ground and the receptacle of innumerable changes through its years of inception, growth and maturity. Over a span of an entire century, we have seen stars who shone bright in the film firmament of India, and many shooting stars who fell prey to the cruel designs of fate. Though the word ‘superstar’ is highly contextual, the people who enjoy the sobriquet are much, much more than what that word entails. Many people have had an indispensible role in the metamorphosis of Indian cinema, and the list would hit the bottom of the world and yet not be over. Rajesh Khanna is widely considered to be India’s original superstar.  Yes the big three – Kapoor, Kumar and Anand – saw glory that was unparalleled for their times, but why wasn’t the term “superstar” coined during their time? As film analysts heard countless stories of women who would go weak in the knees when they saw him on screen, and in the head when they saw him (or his belongings, such as his car) up front, they came up with a word that would capture the intensity of that craze: superstar. From his time onwards, in all the languages of India, superstardom has been the ultimate goal of an actor- though very few are able to achieve it. - Zeenews

{actors included from left to right: Rajesh Khanna, Shahrukh Khan, Dr. Rajkumar, Chiranjeevi, Amitabh Bachchan, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Sivaji Ganesan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth}

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