Veteran Actor Vinod Khanna Passes Away at 70

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Veteran Actor Vinod Khanna Passes Away at 70

 

 

Vinod Khanna {6 October 1946 – 27 April 2017} was an Indian actor and producer of Bollywood films. He was also an active politician. He was the sitting MP from Gurdaspur (between 1968 and 2013). He died on 27 April 2017 after battling with cancer.

After being hospitalized to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital for a few weeks, Khanna passed away on the morning of April 27, 2017 and was said to be after a battle with cancer. Although the news about his deteriorating health in early 2017 started to spread, his family declined to disclose any information about his disease. In his last days, Khanna was surrounded by his children, family and wife Kavita.

Vinod Khanna acted in lead roles in many superhit films and is best remembered for his performance in films like Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Gaddaar (1973 film), Jail Yatra, Imitihaan, Inkaar, Kuchhe Dhaage, Amar Akbar Anthony, Rajput, Qurbani, Kudrat, Dayavan,Kaarnama,Suryaa: An Awakening and Jurm.

After making his debut in 1968, Khanna first acted in small second lead roles or negative roles. His angry young man role in the superhit movie Mere Apne, his negative role as the main villain in the superhit movie Mera Gaon Mera Desh and his role in the crtically acclaimed movie Achanak as the military officer turned fugitive received tremendous applause from both- the film industry and his fans.

Vinod Khanna debuted in Sunil Dutt’s 1968 film Man Ka Meet directed by Adhurti Subba Rao, as a villain where Som Dutt was the hero, which was remake of Tamil film Kumari Penn. At the start of his career, he played supporting or villainous characters in films such as Purab Aur Paschim, Sachaa Jhutha, Aan Milo Sajna, and Mastana in 1970, and in Mera Gaon Mera Desh and Elaan in 1971.

In 1997, Khanna joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was elected from Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab in the next year’s Lok Sabha poll. In 1999, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency. Later, he became union minister for culture and tourism in July 2002. Six months later, he was moved to the more important ministry of external affairs (MEA) as Minister of State. In 2004 he won re-election from Gurdaspur. However, Khanna lost out in the 2009 Lok Sabha poll. In 2014 general election he is again elected for 16th Loksabaha from Gurdaspur constituency .

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