MUMBAI: Vinod Khanna, the original heartthrob of Hindi films, died this morning. He was reportedly battling with cancer for years. The actor was 70.
In his long Bollywood career, he worked in more than 100 films, and was an active politician, and Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur, Punjab.
Vinod is survived by his wife Kavita Khanna, sons Rahul, Akshaye and Sakshi, and daughter Shraddha Khanna.
Before marrying Kavita, Vinod Khanna was married to Getanjali but they later got divorced.
Khanna was born in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna, a textiles, dyes and chemicals businessman, on 6 October 1946, in Peshawar.
He has three sisters and one brother. Shortly after his birth, India was partitioned and the family left Peshawar and reached Mumbai.
He attended St. Mary’s School, Mumbai until class II and then transferred to St. Xavier’s High School, Delhi. In 1957, the family moved to Delhi where he attended Delhi Public School, Mathura Road.
Although the family moved back to Mumbai in 1960, he was sent to Barnes School in Deolali, near Nashik.
During his time at the boarding school Khanna watched the epic Solva Saal and Mughal-e-Azam and fell in love with motion pictures. He graduated with a commerce degree from Sydenham College, Mumbai.
Career / Achievements
Vinod was one of the most sought out films stars in the 1970s and 1980s.
Initially he was offered only negative and small roles, but in no time, he started bagging lead roles in many films.
He had made his film debut in 1968 with Mann Ka Meet, and later on he went on to becoming a star and his performance in films like Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Imtihaan, Inkaar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Lahu ke Do Rang, Qurbani, Dayavaan and Jurm were truly appreciated.
Vinod Khanna received the Filmfare award in the best supporting actor category for Haath Ki Safaai, and in 1999 he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, and again in 2007 he won a lifetime achievement award at the Zee Cine Awards.
After such an impressive career, in 1982 he took a break from work to join his guru Osho Rajneesh at his ashram.
He gave up films altogether in that period. After a five-year break from work, he started signing films again and gave two superhits, Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate.
Even with a busy career in politics, Vinod did not give up on Bollywood and worked in some of the latest films like Dabangg, Players, Dabangg 2 and Dilwale, and received a lot of love for his work.
In late 2016 and early 2017, news about his deteriorating health started coming in, this kept him away from a public eye. In his last days he was surrounded by all his children and wife Kavita.