Actor Vinod Khanna, after months of suffering from cancer, took his last breath this morning. For a long time, news of his ailment was doing rounds on internet. Not long ago, we also came across a picture of Khanna, shockingly skinny and drained. In past few days, death hoax about the actor broke the internet quite a few times. At all instances, we were assured by the family that he was recovering well. But looks like it had to happen.
Born in Peshawar, British India, the actor was born to a textile and chemical businessman. Not long after his birth, the India-Pakistan partition took place and his family shifted to India. After completing his education in Delhi, he ventured into acting with Adhuri Subba Rao’s ‘Man Ka Meet’ in a negative character in 1968.
Khanna primarily acted in negative roles at the beginning of his career. His first shot to major fame as a villain was the 1971 flick ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’ which was followed by Gulzar’s 1973 film ‘Achanak’. He decided to take a long 5-year-break in 1982 when his career was at peak, and listened to his own inner calling as he went on to follow his spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh.
However, it was not the end of his career. 1987 films ‘Satyamev Jayate’ and ‘Insaaf’ saw his comeback. He remains a proud recipient of a number of prestigious awards including Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and Zee Cine Awards.
Nothing gives you more pleasure than engaging yourself in something you dearly love. Thus, he kept doing films. Some of his last films were ‘Dabangg’, ‘Dabangg 2’ and ‘Players’. The actor was last seen in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Dilwale’. Little did we know, that would be his last big-screen appearance.
We pray he rests in peace. The void is not going to be filled anytime soon.