Vinod Khanna was a legendary Bollywood actor, Politician and Osho Follower.
Vinod Khanna was born in a Punjabi family on 6th October 1946 in Peshawar, British India which is now in Pakistan. His parents were Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna who was a businessman dealing with dyes, textiles, and chemicals. His sibmlings include three sisters and one brother. After the partition of India and Pakistan, Khanna’s family moved to India and settled in Mumbai.
Khanna attended St. Mary’s School Mumbai until 2nd Standard. He later on moved to St. Xavier’s High School Delhi. In the year 1957, his family moved to Delhi. Khanna went to Delhi Public School, Mathura Road as well.
Again in the year 1960, his family moved back to Mumbai. However, he was sent to Barnes School in Deolali, Nashik.
He went to Sydenham College, Mumbai for his higher education and graduated with a commerce degree.
His acting Career
Vinod Khanna debuted in the year 1968 in Sunil Dutt’s film ‘Man Ka Meet’ directed by Adhurti Subba Rao. He played the role of a villain. Som Dutt was the hero in this movie which was the remake of a Tamil film KumariPenn.
During his initial years as an actor, he played the supporting role as well as villainous characters in the following films:
• Purab Aur Paschim
• Sachaa Jhutha
• Purab Aur Paschim
• Aan Milo Sajna and
• Mastana and in
• Mera Gaon Mera Desh
Khanna got his first break as the solo main lead in any movie in the film Hum Tum Aur Woh released in the year 1971. He was starred opposite Bharati Vishnuvardhan.
In the same year i.e. 1971 he did a multi-hero film titled ‘Mere Apne’ which was directed by Gulzar. In the year 1973, he received critical acclaim for his performance in another movie directed by Gulzar titled ‘Achanak.’ He played the role of an army officer facing death row in the film. The film was believed to be based on the real life story of K. M. Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra.
He later on dis a lot of successful films like:
• Hum Tum Aur Woh became successful.
• Parchaiyaan in the year 1973
• Qaid in 1975
• Zalim in 1980
• Inkaar in 1978
• Aap Ki Khatir
• Main Tulsi Tere Angan Ki
• Khoon Ki Pukar ,
• Adha Din Aadhi Raat
• Jail Yatra
• The Burning Train
• Qurbani (1980) which was a blockbuster of that year
Vinod also starred in 47 multi hero films. Some of them are:
• Shankar Shambhu
• Chor Sipahee
• Ek Aur Ek Gyarah
• Hera Pheri
• Khoon Pasina
• Amar Akbar Anthony
• Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
• Haath Ki Safai
• Aakhri Daku
• Daku Aur Jawan
• Ek Haseena Do Diwane,
• Ek Bechara,
• Anokhi Ada and
• Janam Kundali.
• Paththar Aur Payal,
His TV Series
Khanna ventured into television by playing the male lead role of "Kashinath" in the TV Series Mere Apne which was produced by Smriti Irani and aired on the channel 9X.
Again in the year 2014, Khanna played the lead role in the series Koyelaanchal. His role in this series was that of a Godfather, who was the face of the coal mafia.
In the year 1971, Vinod Khanna married Geetanjali. The couple has two sons Rahul Khanna and Akshay Khanna both of whom are eminent names in the Bollywood.
His Spiritual Life
In the year1975, Khanna became a disciple of Osho (Shree Rajneeh). In the early 1980s, he moved to Rajneeshpuram which is Osho's commune in the United States. He stayed there for about five year and indulged in cleaning dishes and working as Osho's gardener. It was during this period that his absence from the family who stayed in India created rift between him and his wife. The relationship thus, ended in a divorce.
His Second Marriage
In the year 1990, he married Kavita. The couple has a son named Sakshi who was born on 12 May 1991 and a daughter named Shraddha.
His Foray into Politics
It was in the year1997, that Khanna joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In the next year Lok Sabha Poll elections i.e. of the year 1998, he was elected from Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab. Again in the year 1999, Khanna was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency.
He later on, became the union minister for culture and tourism in July 2002. After six months of tenure as the Minister of Culture and Tourism, he moved to the Ministry of External affairs (MEA) as the Minister of State.
In the year 2004 he won re-election from Gurdaspur, but failed in the Lok Sabha poll of 2009. In the general elections of the year 2014 he was again elected for 16th Loksabaha from Gurdaspur constituency.
Khanna was admitted to the hospital on 2nd April, 2017 as he was suffering from severe dehydration. Khanna was detected with cancer and was admitted to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center in Girgaon, Mumbai for a few weeks. He passed away on of 27th April 2017.
• Fimfare Best Supporting Actor Award for the movie Haath Ki Safai in the year 1975
• Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Hera Pheri in the year 1977
• Fimlfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Muqaddar Ka Sikander in the year 1979
• Filmfare Nomination as Best Actor for Qurbani in the year 1981
• Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 1999
• Kalakar Awards- Lifetime Achievement in the year 2001
• Stardust Awards– Role Model for the Year in the year 2005
• Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement in the year 2007