Vinod Khanna a stylish bollywood actor, a producer and an active politician was born in a Punjabi family on 6th October, 1946 in Peshawar. His father, Kishanchand Khanna was a textiles, dyes and chemical businessman. Vinod Khanna did his schooling from St. Mary’s School, Mumbai, St. Xavier’s High School, Delhi and Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. After this he graduated in commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai.
Vinod Khanna was married to wife Geetenjali in 1971. From this marriage, he has two sons Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna. Due to his absence for many years in his family caused the reason to end his marriage. In 1990, he tied knot with Kavita from which he have two children Sakshi and Shraddha.
A Journey of a Bollywood Superstar
Vinod Khanna started his career as an actor with his first film Sunil Dutt’s, Mann Ka Meet in 1968. The film was directed by Adhurti Subba Rao. Vinod Khanna played the role of a villain whereas Som Dutt was the hero of the film. During his early stages of career he had played supporting or villainous roles in the films. Some of such films were Aan Milo Sajna, Purab Aur Paschim, Mastana, Sachaa Jhutha, Mera Gaon Mera Desh etc. He was one such actor who started of his career by playing villain roles and moved on to play hero. Then in 1971, the actor Vinod Khanna got his first break as a lead hero in the film Hum Tum Aur Who opposite Bharati Vishnuvardhan. After this he worked in a multi hero film Mere Apne which was directed by Gulzar. His angry young man role in the superhit movie Mere Apne, his negative role as the main villain in the superhit movie Mera Goan Mera Desh and his role in the critically acclaimed movie Achanak as the military officer turned fugitive received tremendous applause from both the film industry and his fans.
He worked in almost 100 films and acted in lead roles in many superhit films and is best remembered for his performances in:
- Mere Apne
- Mere Goan Mera Desh
- Jail Yatra
- Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
- Kuchhe Dhaage
- Amar Akbar Anthony
- Suryaa: An Awakening
Then in 1999 Vinod Khanna received a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Indian cinema.
Vinod Khanna as a Politician
The superstar of bollywood joined politics in 1997, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was elected from Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab. He was re-elected in 1999 to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency. In 2002 he became Union Minister for culture and tourism. After six months he was moved to the ministry of external affairs (MEA) as Minister of State. In 2014 he was again elected for 16th Lok Sabha from Gurdaspur constituency.
Today 27 April, 2017 at the age of 70 he breathed last at 11:20 am in Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital. He was suffering from advanced bladder carcinoma from many years. From last month his condition was deteriorating consistently. Recently one of his hospital picture surfaced and went viral on internet as he was looked very week beyond recognition. No one thought that such a dashing stylish actor will go down like this. We wish peace to his soul and share our condolence to the family to recover soon from this non-reversible loss.