The legendary actor and heartthrob of Hindi films Vinod Khanna died this morning. He was unwell for quite a long time. Khanna was reportedly battling cancer for years and died at the age of 70. He was hospitalized due to “severe dehydration” on March 30. Vinod Khanna was part of several hits like The Burning Train and Amar Akbar Anthony, was admitted to the HN Research Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaum.
Some days ago, the photo of the actor went viral where he was looking very frail, which also gave fire to the rumors that the actor is suffering from cancer. There were also reports in the media that the veteran actor was suffering from bladder cancer. Vinod Khanna was born on 6 October 1946, and he also was seen in more than 140 films between 1968 and 2015. The actor is survived by his wife Kavita Khanna, sons Sakshi, Rahul and Akshaye, and daughter Shraddha Khanna. Khanna was married to Geetanjali before getting married to Kavita, but later got divorced with Geetanjali. When the media tried to confirm the news of actor having cancer or not, the hospital and his sons, rejected to comment on the cancer rumors and had said that the actor was stable and on the way to a recovery.
Vinod Khanna was an active politician and Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur, Punjab. He was unarguably one of the most famous film stars in the 1970s and 1980s. Initially, in his career, he was offered more with the negative and small roles, but in no time, the actor started getting lead roles in many of the Hindi films. Khanna had made his debut in Bollywood with Mann Ka Meet in 1964, and following this, he went on to becoming a huge star. Films like Inkaar, Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Imtihaan, Lahu Ke Do Rang, Jurm, Amar Akbar Anthony, Qurbani, and Dayavan were some of the finest movies of his successful career. Khanna received the Filmfare award in the best supporting actor category for Haath Ki Safaai, and he was honored with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award in 1999. In 2007 again, he was honored with Lifetime Achievement award at the Zee Cine awards.
Vinod Khanna shocked everyone in 1982, as he took a break from his film career when it was at its peak and decided to follow his spiritual Guru Osho Rajneesh at his ashram. After a five-years long break from the films, Khanna returned to the industry and started signing films again and gave two hit films, Satyamev Jayate, and Insaaf. In 1997, he joined the politics and got elected from Gurdaspur as the BJP’s candidate. During the time of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government, he was made the Union minister for culture and tourism in 2002.
After this, he became the minister of state in the Ministry of External Affairs. He lost the election in 2009, but he was elected again from the Gurdaspur in 2014. He was last seen in any movie was Shahrukh Khan’s Dilwale. The legendary singer Asha Bhosle paid condolence to the family and tweeted, “Very sad to hear about Vinod Khannaji. A decent man and a star till the very end.” The retired Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag also tweeted and said, “Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of one of the most charismatic actors #VinodKhanna Ji. Om Shanti
!” There’s no doubt that we have lost a gem of the Indian Film Industry today.