Vinod khanna suffering from advanced bladder carcinoma, breathed his last at 11.20 am. 27 April 2017.
The actor, who was sitting Bharatiya Janata Party member of the Lok Sabha from the Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab, was admitted to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Girgaon, Mumbai, recently.
Vinod Khanna had starred in more than 100 films in a career spanning over five decades. At the height of his popularity, Khanna surprised his fans when he took a break from acting for five years to join Osho Rajneesh at his ashram in Pune in 1982. But he returned to cinema in the late eighties, and courted success again with films such as “Insaaf” and “Satyameva Jayate”. He was was last seen in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Dilwale” in 2015.
Actor Vinod Khanna’s death has shocked Bollywood, actor Rishi Kapoor has pointed out a “strange coincidence”. “Friends Vinod Khanna and Feroz Khan died on the same day on 27th April. Khan sahab passed away 27th April 2009 Bangalore,2009 at 69 after battling lung cancer, and Vinod Khanna died of bladder cancer at 70 on April 27, 2017.
The actor, who started off as a villain, went on to star as a leading man in dozens of films including “Mere Apne”, “Insaaf” and “Amar, Akbar, Anthony”.
It is indeed a tragedy that a man who entertained millions of us for almost 4 decades has gone to the beyond after battling from cancer. Vinod Khanna will surely be missed. His legendary performances have left an indelible mark in our minds and hearts and such talents can never ever be replaced.
His funeral had taken place at 5 pm today at the Banganga Crematorium in Worli. But before that his body was taken to his residence in Mumbai.
Vinod Khanna’s Amar Akbar Anthony co-star Amitabh Bachchan was shocked by the news and left a Sarkar 3 promotional event mid-way to visit the hospital.
The actor is survived by wife Kavita Khanna and his four children, Rahul Khanna, Akshaye Khanna, Sakshi Khanna and Shraddha Khanna.
Khanna was born in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna, a textiles, dyes and chemicals businessman, on 6 October 1946, in Peshawar, British India (now in Pakistan).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 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.
Vinod Khanna debuted in Sunil Dutt’s 1968 film Man Ka Meet directed by Adurthi Subba Rao, as a villain where Som Dutt was the hero, which was remake of Tamil film Kumari Penn. At the start of his career, he played supporting or villainous characters in films such as Purab Aur Paschim, Sachaa Jhutha, Aan Milo Sajna, and Mastana in 1970, and in Mera Gaon Mera Desh and Elaan in 1971.
Vinod Khanna had starred in more than 100 films in a career spanning over five decades. At the height of his popularity, Khanna surprised his fans when he took a break from acting for five years to join Osho Rajneesh at his ashram in Pune in 1982. But he returned to cinema in the late eighties, and courted success again with films such as “Insaaf” and “Satyameva Jayate”.
Khanna was one of the few Hindi actors who began by playing villains and moved on to play the hero. He got his first break as the solo lead hero in the film Hum Tum Aur Woh (1971) opposite Bharathi Vishnuvardhan. It was followed by the 1971 multi-hero film about youth unrest Mere Apne directed by Gulzar.
Between 1973 and 1982, Khanna played the lead role in solo hero movies which include Farebi and Hatyara with Moushumi Chatterjee; Qaid in 1975 and Zalim in 1980, both with Leena Chandavarkar; and Inkaar in 1978 opposite Vidya Sinha. He did successful movies like Dhamkee with Kumkum, Gaddaar (1973 film) with Yogita Bali, Aap Ki Khatir (1977 film) and Raajmahal opposite Rekha, Khoon Ki Pukaar, Shaque and Adha Din Aadhi Raat with Shabana Azmi, Aarop with Saira Banu, Taaqat with Rakhee and Parveen Babi, Jail Yatra and Insaan (1982 film) opposite Reena Roy, Daulat (1982 film) with Zeenat Aman, The Burning Train with Parveen Babi. In 1980, he starred in Feroz Khan’s Qurbani (1980) which became the highest-grossing film of that year.
Khanna became a follower of the spiritual teacher Osho (Rajneesh) and left the film industry in 1982 for five years.
In 1987, Khanna returned to films with Insaaf where he performed with Dimple Kapadia. After his comeback he played romantic roles in Jurm and Chandni, but he was mostly offered roles in action films. Chandni was a big commercial success with his co actor Rishi Kapoor after Amar Akbar Anthony. His Muzaffar Ali-directed Dimple Kapadia-starrer Zooni is still unreleased.
In 1997, Khanna joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was elected from Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab in the next year’s Lok Sabha poll. In 1999, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency. Later, he became union minister for culture and tourism in July 2002. Six months later, he was moved to the ministry of external affairs (MEA) as Minister of State. In 2004 he won re-election from Gurdaspur. However, Khanna lost out in the 2009 general elections. In 2014 general election he was again elected for 16th Loksabha from same constituency.
He met his first wife Gitanjali in college. Khanna married Gitanjali in 1971 and had two sons with her, Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna; both became Bollywood actors. In 1975, he became a disciple of Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) and in the early 1980s, moved to Rajneeshpuram, Osho’s commune in the United States, for about five years, cleaning dishes and working as Osho’s gardener. His absence from his family, who remained in India, caused friction between the couple, and the marriage ended in divorce.