Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today condoled the passing away of legendary Bollywood actor and sitting Gurdaspur MP Vinod Khanna. “The legendary actor, Vinod Khanna is no more,” Ms Banerjee tweeted.
“I extend my deep condolence to members of the bereaved family, his fans, friends and admires,” the chief minister said. “May the departed soul rest in peace,” she added. The veteran actor passed away at the age of 70 in Mumbai where he was undergoing hospitalisation for bladder cancer.He breathed his last at 1120 hours today, weeks after he was hospitalised for severe dehydration.
Khanna, born on October 6, 1946 in Peshawar in present-day Pakistan, was a sitting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian from the Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab. 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, Imtihaan, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, 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 movie Mere Apne, his negative role as the main villain in the superhit movie Mera Gaon Mera Desh and his role in the critically acclaimed movie Achanak based on K. M. Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra,as the military officer turned fugitive. 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. In the last few decades, despite his political career, Vinod continued acting and worked in films like Dabangg, Players, Dabangg 2 and Dilwale. Khanna is popularly hailed as one of the most handsome lead actors ever in Bollywood.