Mumbai : Veteran actor, producer and Member of Parliament Vinod Khanna, passed away at the age of 70 earlier Thursday. He was reportedly battling from cancer.
“Doctors and family were expecting a recovery but somehow his condition escalated and he succumbed today afternoon,” quoted Hindustan Times from hospital sources. The actor, who was part of several Bollywood hits like Amar Akbar Anthony, Qurbani and The Burning Train, was admitted to the HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaon, Mumbai recently.
Born on October 6, 1946 in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna in Peshawar, Vinod studied commerce at Mumbai’s Sydenham College before moving into acting.
Vinod, who was a 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.
As MoS for External Affairs, Khanna focused on bridging the gap between India and Pakistan through the film industry and was in agreement with “reciprocal bus dimplomacy” idea floated by then President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf.
The actor also led delegation level talks with the then Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Sha’ath where India tabled the proposition of greater cooperation at the United Nations, especially with the issue of terrorism. Vinod Khanna made his debut in 1968 with Man Ka Meet. He went on to win numerous awards, including the Filmfare award for best supporting actor for Haath ki Safaai and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.
Along with Shatrughan Sinha, Khanna was one of the first Bollywood actors to be associated with the BJP in the 90s.
Khanna enjoyed a later-career resurrection in paternal parts in Wanted (2009), and Dabangg (2010), both starring Salman Khan. One of his most relaxed roles is in the cricket match fixing comedy 99 (2009), in which he is perfectly cast by directors Raj and DK as a lush Delhi bookie.
Khanna is survived by his second wife, Kavita, his son Sakshi and his daughter Shraddha. His last release was Rohit Shetty’s multi-starrer comedy Dilwale in 2015, in which he plays the bete noire of his fellow traveller from the ’70s, Kabir Bedi. Among his final films is the 2017 production Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi, a biopic of Vijaya Raje Scindia that stars Hema Malini.
Nation Mourns over death of Vinod Khanna
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets his condolences “Will always remember
#VinodKhanna as a popular actor, dedicated leader & a wonderful human”
Will always remember Vinod Khanna as a popular actor, dedicated leader & a wonderful human. Pained by his demise. My condolences.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 27, 2017
The nation and entire Bollywood is mourning the death of veteran actor Vinod Khanna. And as a mark of respect Karan Johar, whose production house Dharma Production is co-producing Baahubali 2, has announced that the premiere of the film has been cancelled.
As a mark of respect to our beloved Vinod Khanna the entire team of Baahubali has decided to cancel the premiere tonight…
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 27, 2017
Many dignitaries expressed their grief after knowing about Vinod Khanna’s demise
with PTI inputs