Bollywood actor and Lok Sabha MP from Gurudaspur, Vinod Khanna passed away in Mumbai on Thursday. He was suffering from cancer.
The 70-year-old actor was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Girgaon, Mumbai on April 5 after he complained of dehydration.
The quintessential Bollywood hero is known for his films like Amar, Akbar, Anthony, Gaddaar, Kurbaani, Jurm, Mere Apne and Mera Gaion Mera Desh. He has acted in over 100 films.
The actor who started off his career playing small second lead roles and negative roles, made it big as the main villain in Mera Gaon, Mera Desh. He was one of the few actors from that era who transitioned successfully from villain to hero.
Bhawana Somaaya writes in The Quint, “It is said that when Sunil Dutt saw Vinod Khanna for the first time what attracted him to the young boy was that he was from Peshawar, now in Pakistan. Dutt decided to launch Khanna and his younger brother Som Dutt in his home production Man ka Meet (1968).”
Born in Peshawar on October 6, 1946, his family moved to Bombay soon after the partition.
Vinod Khanna was married twice – to Gitanjali in 1971 and Kavita Khanna in 1990. He is survived by his four children, Rahul Khanna, Akshaye Khanna, Sakshi Khanna, and Shraddha Khanna. His two sons Akshay and Rahul Khanna from his first marriage also followed him into the acting profession.