Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passed away at a Mumbai hospital on Thursday at the age of 70. He was suffering from advanced cancer of the bladder.
Khanna, started his Bollywood career in the roles of villains in late 1960s. But once he started playing the lead roles, Khanna became a darling of the masses and is credited with making macho look good.
Khanna, who studied commerce at Mumbai’s Sydenham College before moving into acting.
He acted in more than 146 films including Imtihan (1974) opposite Tanuja, a movie remembered for its hit songs. He was adept at handling both romantic and action films with ease, getting under the skin of his characters with ease.
After giving several hit films, Khanna quit films in 1982,when he was at the peak of his career, and joined controversial guru Osho Rajneesh. Though Khanna returned after five years and did more films, other actors had by then moved in to fill the vacuum.
In 1988, he played the role of an aging gangster in Dayavaan.
He was last seen in Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale (2015).
Khanna, born in Peshawar in present-day Pakistan, was a sitting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian from the Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab.
He was married to Geetanjali between 1971 and 1985 and has two sons with her, Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna. He married Kavita with whom he has two children, Sakshi and Shraddha.