Vinod Khanna breathed his last at a hospital in Girgaon, Mumbai on Thursday morning. The actor was 70. Khanna was admitted to the hospital on March 31. His elder son Rahul Khanna had stated that the actor was suffering from severe dehydration and that the situation was quickly brought under control. However, word had it that Khanna was getting treatment for cancer instead, especially after a picture of a visibly weak Vinod Khanna standing with his wife Kavita Khanna and son, Sakshi Khanna at the hospital went viral. However, his younger son Akshaye Khanna later spoke to an entertainment portal, where he said his father was doing well. So this piece of news of him passing away will definitely be a terrible shock to his many fans. Also Read - Amitabh Bachchan Shares Iconic Moment From Premiere of Sholay in 1975, Gushes Over Jaya Bachchan in Monochromic Picture
Vinod Khanna made his debut in 1968 in Sunil Dutt’s Man Ka Meet, where he played the villain, despite his natural good looks. He continued to play villains in movies like Purab Aur Paschim, Sachaa Jhutha, Aan Milo Sajna, and Mastana, with his most popular negative role being in Dharmendra’s Purab Aur Paschim, where he played a dacoit. With the 1971 movie Hum Tum Aur Woh, he made his debut as a leading man with more such roles in Achanak, Mere Apne, Inkaar, and also being a part of blockbusters like Amar Akbar Anthony, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar and Qurbaani. (ALSO READ: Vinod Khanna: 10 of the most handsome pictures of Bollywood’s hunk we want etched on our memory forever!) Also Read - Salman Khan Gets Emotional as he Wraps The Shooting of Dabangg 3, Shares Emotional Message For Late Vinod Khanna- Watch Video
He left the industry for 5 years, when he was at the peak of his career, to follow the spiritual guru, Osho Rajneesh. When he returned in 1987, he still continued to get leading roles in movies like Jurm and Chandni. He later transitioned to supporting roles in the ’90s. Later he went on to work with Salman Khan in movies like Wanted, Dabangg and Dabangg 2. His last released movie was Dilwale, where he played Shah Rukh Khan and Varun Dhawan’s father. He also entered politics and was a sitting Bharatiya Janata Party member of the Lok Sabha from the Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab. Also Read - Kavita Khanna Weighing Options After BJP Fields Sunny Deol from Gurdaspur
He is succeeded by his wife, Kavita Khanna and his children, actors Akshaye Khanna, Rahul Khanna from the first marriage and Sakshi and Shraddha from his second. We do pray that God gives them strength in these hard times.
Vinod Khanna, thank you for all those wonderful roles and movies that you have given us! May your soul rest in peace.