Legendary Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passes away

Published: April 27, 2017
The Amar Akbar Anthony star was hospitalised earlier this month due to severe dehydration. PHOTO COURTESY: TIMES OF INDIA

The Amar Akbar Anthony star was hospitalised earlier this month due to severe dehydration. PHOTO COURTESY: TIMES OF INDIA

Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna died on Thursday in a Mumbai hospital after a battle with cancer.

Vinod, 70, was hospitalised last month and his son Rahul said at the time that his father was “severly dehydrated”. He is survived by his wife Kavita and four children.

Vinod “breathed his last at 11:20am due to advanced bladder carcinoma,” Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital said in a statement.

Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna responds to treatments positively and is stable

Born in Peshawar on October 6, 1946, his family moved to Bombay soon after Partition. Vinod had featured in films such as Mere Apne, Insaaf and Amar Akbar Anthony during his long Bollywood career, and was last seen in Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale in 2015.

Known for his chiseled looks and fiery acting, Vinod, who was also a lawmaker in India’s lower house of parliament, made a name for himself in the masala movies of the 70s and 80s before he gave up acting to become a disciple of self-styled godman Osho Rajneesh.

His second career in Bollywood was not as successful, and Vinod went into politics, representing Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab four times for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).



“He was a lion-hearted man and generous to a fault. He had the guts to risk it all, break his relationship with the movie industry to live in the ashram of Osho,” director Mahesh Bhatt said about Vinod on CNN News 18 channel.

The legendary actor became one of the most famous film stars in the 1970s and 1980s. He was one of the few actors from that era who transitioned successfully from villain to hero.

He received the Filmfare award in the best supporting actor category for Haath Ki Safaai, and in 1999 he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

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“It is said that when Sunil Dutt saw Vinod Khanna for the first time what attracted him to the young boy was that he was from Peshawar, now in Pakistan. Dutt decided to launch Khanna and his younger brother Som Dutt in his home production Man ka Meet (1968),” Indian film journalist Bhawana Somaaya wrote in the Quint, The News Minute reported.

The promoters of “Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion”, one of the most highly awaited Indian films of the decade, cancelled the movie’s premiere on Friday due to Vinod’s death.

“As a mark of respect to our beloved Vinod Khanna the entire team of Baahubali has decided to cancel the premiere tonight.” tweeted producer Karan Johar, who is marketing the Hindi version of the film.



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Reader Comments (14)

  • Singh
    Apr 27, 2017 - 11:49AM

    My idol passed away.Recommend

  • Shoaib
    Apr 27, 2017 - 11:51AM

    RIP! he was a brilliant actor and good personality. Recommend

  • Singh
    Apr 27, 2017 - 12:10PM

    Perhaps the most handsome action hero of Indian film industry, a versatile actor. R.I.P.Recommend

  • Anees
    Apr 27, 2017 - 12:14PM

    RIP ~ VK was a handsome actor and dialogue delivery was great. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Apr 27, 2017 - 12:43PM

    Indeed one of the greatest from a great era of outstanding films !Recommend

  • Arshad
    Apr 27, 2017 - 1:32PM

    RIP – End of an era. I have grown watching his movies. Recommend

  • Feroz
    Apr 27, 2017 - 5:46PM

    A dashing and handsome man, in his prime Vinod Khanna gave up a lucrative acting career to become a follower of Osho Rajneesh. He spent years there and tried hard to find spiritual fulfillment but that path could not satisfy his spiritual yearning. Was always well liked for his genial ways but a man who always maintained a certain aloofness from personalities connected to the film industry. To be sent four times victorious to Parliament, a span of twenty years was no mean achievement. May his Soul RIP !Recommend

  • Syedpk
    Apr 27, 2017 - 5:49PM

    strange .. no mention of his son Akshay khanna.
    Any how .. RIP Recommend

  • Paki01
    Apr 27, 2017 - 7:26PM

    Great Legend. I am shocked to see his pictures during his illness. RIPRecommend

  • Basit
    Apr 27, 2017 - 8:27PM

    Rest in Peace. Vinod Khanna, you will be missed badlyRecommend

  • Raisani
    Apr 27, 2017 - 8:41PM

    Rest in peace Vinod sir, we’ll miss you. Recommend

  • Trollslayer
    Apr 28, 2017 - 12:01AM

    Vinod Khanna was tall, dark and handsome and he had a mystique about him. He was brilliant in Mere Apne. Rest in peace. Recommend

  • Sonia
    Apr 28, 2017 - 1:30AM

    May his soul rest in peace <3Recommend

  • Prabhjyot singh madan
    Apr 28, 2017 - 9:51PM

    How many old icons are left to mourn over later. God give them extra more long lives otherwise we will feel alone. Recommend

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