Veteran actor Vinod Khanna passes away

By NT Bureau Published on Apr 27, 2017 04:26 PM IST

Mumbai: Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passed away at a hospital here this morning. He was 70.

Vinod Khanna was admitted to the Sir HN Reliance Foundation hospital on 31 March with severe dehydration. The hospital authorities refused to share the reasons for his demise.

The actor made his acting debut in 1968 with Man Ka Meet and is best remembered for his performance in films like Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Amar Akbar Anthony, Qurbani, Dayavaan and Jurm.

He was last seen in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Dilwale in 2015. He was also an active politician. He is the sitting MP from Gurdaspur. He appeared in 141 films between 1968 and 2013. 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.

In 1982, at the peak of his film career, Khanna temporarily quit the film industry to follow his spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh.

After a 5 year hiatus, he returned to the Hindi film industry giving two back to back hit films Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate.

He became Union Minister for Culture and Tourism in July 2002. Later, he was moved to the more important ministry of external affairs (MEA) as Minister of State.

Actor Rajinikanth today condoled the death of Vinod Khanna. The Endhiran actor tweeted, "My dear friend Vinod Khanna... will miss you, RIP. My heartfelt condolences to the family."