Veteran actor Vinod Khanna on Thursday passed away in a Mumbai hospital reportedly due to cancer. He was 70. Khanna was hospitalized after he complained of “severe dehydration” and was suffering from Bladder Cancer.
Vinod Khanna was reportedly battling with cancer for many years. The actor worked in over 100 Bollywood films. An active politician, he was Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur, Punjab.
Vinod Khanna is survived by his wife Kavita Khanna and sons Rahul, Akshaye and Sakshi, and daughter Shraddha. Vinod Khanna was married to Geetanjali before marrying Kavita. He divorced Geetanjali and then got married to Kavita.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Vinod Khanna was one of the most sought after film stars. He started his career with negative and small roles but in no time, he started getting lead roles in several films.
In 1968, Vinod Khanna made his debut in films with Mann Ka Meet. In no time he became a star after his performance in movies like Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Imtihaan, Inkaar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Lahu ke Do Rang, Qurbani, Dayavaan and Jurm.
The actor got Filmfare award for Haath Ki Safaai in the best supporting actor category. He was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. In 2007, he again received the lifetime achievement award at the Zee Cine Awards.
He took a break from films in 1982 and joined his guru Osho Rajneesh at his ashram. During that period, he gave up work altogether. After taking a long 5-year break from work, he again made a comeback in films and gave two superhits Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate.
Even after being into politics, Vinod Khanna worked in some latest Bollywood films including Dabangg, Players, Dabangg 2 and Dilwale.
In late 2016 and early 2017, he was in news for his detoriating health.
A picture of Vinod Khanna with his family in the hospital had went viral on social media recently. In the picture, the actor looked very pale and a major change was noticed.
Veteran actor Vinod Khanna was hospitalized in HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaum.
Condolences for the actor poured in on Twitter:
Very sad to hear about Vinod Khannaji. A decent man and a star till the very end. My condolences to his family.
— ashabhosle (@ashabhosle) April 27, 2017
Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of one of the most charismatic actors #VinodKhanna ji.
Om Shanti !
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 27, 2017
Extremely saddened by the news of my darling uncle Vinod Khanna ji passing away. Our condolences to his family! May his soul RIP 🙏🏼miss you
— Esha Deol (@Esha_Deol) April 27, 2017