In May 1973, Amitabh Bachchan's 'Zanjeer', directed by Prakash Mehra, hit the screens and the 'Angry Young Man' prototype landed a brutal punch to a tottering Rajesh Khanna.
“Manmohan Desai was the genius who had the audacity to tell the audience in the very first frame that he was going to be illogical, make a fool of them and they better enjoy it.” Be it Box Office or enduring value, the propellants of cinema are the hoi polloi, the common people, not the critics: no one symbolized, and underlined, this fact more resoundingly than Manmohan Desai. Throughout his career, critics derided his films as ‘illogical’, ‘formulaic’, ‘corny’ and ‘crass’, but the audience lapped them up gleefully and turned them into massive blockbusters.
In 1969, 'Aradhna' and 'Do Raaste' released within 3 months of each other. Both went on to be blockbusters and were the two biggest grossers of the year. The connecting link between the two was Rajesh Khanna, the leading man.