Veteran actor Vinod Khanna passed away in a Mumbai hospital on Thursday. He was 70 and was suffering from cancer.
He was BJP MP from Gurdaspur.
Khanna was born in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna, a textiles, dyes and chemicals businessman, on 6 October 1946, in Pakistan. He has three sisters and one brother.
The actor started his work as a villain and worked as hero in most films.He will be remembered for decades for his film “Mera Gaon Mera Desh” and “Amar Akbar Anthony”.
He appeared in 141 films between 1968 and 2013.
Vinod Khanna acted in lead roles in many superhit films and is best remembered for his performance in films like ‘Mere Apne’, ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’, ‘Gaddar’, ‘Imtihaan’ ‘Qurbani’, ‘Kudrat’, ‘Dayavaan’ and ‘Jurm’.
After making his debut in 1968, Khanna first acted in small second lead roles or negative roles. His angry young man role in ‘Mere Apne’, his negative role in ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’, and his role in the critically acclaimed ‘Achanak’ as the military officer turned fugitive received tremendous applause from both the film industry and his fans.
In 1982, at the peak of his film career, Khanna temporarily quit the film industry to follow his spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh. After a five-year hiatus, he returned to the Hindi film industry giving two back-to-back hits, ‘Insaaf’ and ‘Satyamev Jayate’.
Khanna was popularly hailed as one of the most handsome lead actors ever in Bollywood, along with Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna and Shammi Kapoor.