Veteran actor Vinod Khanna died at 70 at Mumbai’s HN Reliance Hospital. He was said to be suffering from cancer. The veteran actor was hospitalised and later discharged from HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaum, Mumbai due to severe dehydration. He was also reportedly battling cancer for years.
Born on October 6, 1946 in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna in Peshawar, Vinod studied commerce at Mumbai’s Sydenham College before moving into acting. Khanna 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.
Khanna began his stint in films with Sunil Dutt’s 1968 film Man Ka Meet as the villain. He played a few negative characters before he started playing lead roles. He was last seen in the 2015 Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dilwale.
Here’s a look at his 16 best films:
1. Mere Apne (1971)
Vinod Khanna featured in Gulzar’s first directorial venture. He received wide critical appreciation for his performance.
Another Gulzar directorial starring Khanna was Achanak. Vinod played an armyman who kills his wife and best friend after discovering that they are cheating on him. Khanna displayed an array of emotions which were widely appreciated and had fans going gaga over his performance.
3. Imtihaan (1974)
Inspired by the famous British film To Sir, with Love, Imtihaan had Vinod playing a lecturer who tries to reform a group of students, lead by the villain - Ranjeet.
4. Shaque (1976)
He was universally praised for his role and some say the underrated film contains the best acting of his career.
5. Hera Pheri (1976)
Vinod Khanna was nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor for Hera Pheri. Co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, this was among the six films in which the two stalwarts worked together. The two play con artists who part ways due to their circumstances, giving way to a revenge drama.
6. Parvarish (1977)
Vinod Khanna’s character had shades of grey and he pulled it off with ease. Amitabh Bachchan also had a parallel role in the film.
7. Aap Ki Khatir (1977)
Rekha and Vinod Khanna starred together in this situational comedy about a wife who takes a loan from a loan shark for the sake of her husband and then is desperate to pay off the loan.
8. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
Vinod Khanna’s character added stability and maturity to this story of three brothers which was directed by Manmohan Desai. The film won various awards at the 25th Filmfare Awards including Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Music Director.
9. Inkaar (1978)
Based on Kurosawa film High And Low (1963), the film has Khanna playing a hardworking cop who moves heaven and hell to get to the root of a kidnapping and wins back the heart of his former girlfriend (Vidya Sinha) in the process.
10. Qurbani (1980)
An action drama directed by Feroz Khan, Qurbani became popular for its peppy tracks. For the female fans, Qurbani offered two men to drool over - Vinod Khanna and Feroz Khan.
11. The Burning Train (1980)
The Burning Train , an action thriller, revolved around a fast train that catches fire during its inaugural run. It was a simple but brilliant concept but it did not fare well at the box-office.
12. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
The top grossing film of 1978 was this Amitabh Bacchan and Vinod Khanna starrer. Vinod had the parallel lead role in the film and played a lawyer and confidante of Amitabh. It was also the third highest grossing film of the decade after Sholay and Bobby.
13. Dayavaan (1988)
This film was the centre of a controversy when it released for the famous, passionate kiss between Vinod Khanna and Madhuri Dixit. Vinod essayed the titular role and avenged his father’s murder. The superhit film also starred Feroz Khan, Aditya Pancholi and Amrish Puri.
14. Wanted (2009)
An official remake of a Telugu film Pokiri, the film stars Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia, Prakash Raj, Vinod Khanna and Mahesh Manjrekar in the lead roles.
15. Dabangg (2010)
The millennials would remember Vinod Khanna for playing the step father to Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) in Dabangg.
16. Ek Thi Rani Asi Bhi (2017)
The biopic features Hema Malini in the lead role, and maps Vijay Raje Scindia’s political career and her estrangement from her son Madhavrao Scindia (Rajesh Shringarpure) after the death of her husband Jivajirao Scindia (Vinod Khanna).
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