Vinod Khanna: The handsome star who never got his due

Vinod Khanna: The handsome star who never got his due

Vinod Khanna: The handsome star who never got his due

Bollywood's heartthrob, best known for his roles in the films such as "Amar Akbar Anthony, ' "Qurbaani" and 'Insaaf" - died of cancer at a hospital here on Thrusday morning. Karan Johar tweeted, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved, the legendary Vinod Khanna."Bollywood puts work on hold "The demise has come as a huge shock to all of us".

Khanna received plaudits for his performance as an angry anti-hero in Mere Apne and as a violent villain in Mera Gaon Mera Desh, aggressive roles that bucked the trend of polite, romantic leads favoured by Bollywood directors. In several films, Khanna acted with Amitabh Bachchan, and while the pair was a great success, the angry young man that Bachchan became synonymous with often stole the show.

Khanna is survived by his wife Kavita Khanna and his four children - Rahul Khanna, Akshaye Khanna, Sakshi Khanna, and Shraddha Khanna.

Khanna was also an active politician, and a Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur, Punjab.

In 1982, when he was at the height of his fame, Khanna left the film industry for five years to follow the spiritual leader Osho.

Ten years later, in 1997, Khanna joined politics and served in the Lok Sabha, or lower chamber, representing Gurdaspur till he was tapped as culture minister in 2002, six months later he moved to the external ministry. In numerous earlier films, Khanna played a negative or a supporting role.

According to the hospital, the actor breathed his last at 11.20am on Thursday.

He was seen in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dilwale in 2015.

Veteran singer Asha Bhosle remembered him as "a decent man and a star till the very end". RIP.Remembering the good times with you, Vinod. "Thank you for being my friend".

In "Amar Akbar Anthony", Rishi Kapoor acted like a younger brother to Khanna.

Recalling Khanna's contribution to the people's welfare, Mr Patel said, "When he took charge of the ministry there was no airport in Pathankhot. I convey my condolences to the bereaved members of his family and the large number of his fans", Mahajan said.

Actor Akshay Kumar said Khanna's death marked "truly end of an era".

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