Vinod Khanna passes away

Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passed away on Thursday morning, April 27, at age 70. He breathed his last at 11.20 am due to advanced bladder carcinoma.
The actor was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation hospital in Mumbai in the last week of March due to severe dehydration, as stated by his elder son Rahul Khanna.

His health became a cause of concern in the recent weeks when a photo of him looking frail and weak started doing rounds on social media. Bollywood stars and fans  are forwarding their condolences to convey their well wishes to the family.

The former MP from Gurdaspur, Vinod Khanna started out as a bad guy by playing a villainous role in Sunil Dutt’s 1968 film ”˜Man Ka Meet’, and followed it up with a few more vindictive characters in ”˜Purab Aur Paschim’, ”˜Sachaa Jhutha’, ”˜Aan Milo Sajna’, ”˜Mastana’ in 1970, and in ”˜Mera Gaon Mera Desh’ and ”˜Elaan’ in 1971. Born in Peshawar in 1946 (then British India, now Pakistan), his family had moved to Bombay when India was partitioned. While at boarding school he had fallen in love with motion pictures after watching the famous epic Mughal-e-Azam. After graduating from Sydenham College with a commerce degree, he embarked on his movie career. He debuted in Sunil Dutt’s 1968 film Man Ka Meet, playing a villain; he got rave reviews and within a week, he had signed up for 15 films.

With his career at a peak, he became Osho’s sannyasin on the last day of the year 1975 in Pune and even stayed in America at Osho’s ashram for a few years.Upon returning to India and Bollywood, his comeback movie Insaaf (opposite Dimple Kapadia) in 1987 was a big hit, and Vinod starred as a hero in several movies until 1994.

Vinod  played a diverse range of characters over the years, gradually moving to different genres like comedy, romance and action. He acted in  some of his most memorable roles in over 140 films.

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