Veteran actor-turned-BJP politician Vinod Khanna dead


To an actor who floored us with his performances and style.

The veteran actor was hospitalized and later discharged from HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaum, Mumbai due to severe dehydration. Khanna was also among the first crop of actors to endorse a brand, Thakur said, recalling the response his Cinthol advertisement received.

Vinod was married to Geetanjali between 1971 and 1985 and has two sons - Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna.

Calling Khanna a magnetic person, actor Anupam Kher posted, "He was kind, affectionate and helpful".

The actor had made his debut in 1968 film 'Mann Ka Meet', playing the villain opposite Sunil Dutt.

Three years later, he made the successful transition to the "hero" and played the lead role in "Hum, Tum or Woh", ("Me, You and Them").

He acted in more than 100 movies from 5 decades which gave a blockbuster hits.

He had given many hits in the 1970s and 1980s like Lahu Ke Do Rang, Amar Akbar Anthony, Jurm, Dayavaan, Qurbani, Imtihaan, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Mere Apne and many more.

During heights of his career in 1982, Vinod suddenly took a break from the industry and becomes a follower of spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh. That same year, he produced "Himalay Putra" to launch the acting career of his son Akshay Khanna.

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Vinod was a sitting Bharatiya Janata Party member of the Lok Sabha from the Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab.

Amitabh Bachchan was shocked by the news and left a Sarkar 3 promotional event mid-way.

Vinod Khanna (R) and his wife Kavita speak to media at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on March 26, 2014.

The 1977 star-studded "Amar Akbar Anthony" about three brothers separated at birth was one of his most popular films.

Playback singer Asha Bhosle condoled the death of Vinod Khanna and wrote, "Very sad to hear about Vinod Khannaji. Thank you for being my friend", he tweeted.

"Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to the members of your family".

From the film industry, producer-director Karan Johar said: "His screen presence is unparalleled even today. RIP #VinodKhanna... thoughts and prayers".

On the other hand, Karan Johar as a mark of respect has cancelled the premiere shows of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. The team stated "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved, the legendary Vinod Khanna".



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