Vinod Khanna is an Indian film star who shines like a pole star in the sky of the cinema world. Vinod Khanna has appeared in a number of films. He had the opportunity to appear in almost every genre of film.
Initially, he was cast in a number of minor and negative roles, but later in his career, he appeared in a number of major and blockbuster films. During his early career, he received the Filmfare Award twice. Along with acting, he later entered politics and became an MP from Gurdaspur.
Vinod Khanna’s birth and early life
Vinod Khanna was born on October 6, 1946, in Peshawar, British India (now Pakistan). His father was Kishanchand Khanna, and his mother was Kamal Khanna. His father was a successful businessman with an interest in the textile, dye, and chemical industries. Soon after Vinod’s birth, India was partitioned, and his father relocated to Mumbai with his entire family.
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Vinod Khanna’s Education
Vinod Khanna received his early education at St. Mary’s School in Mumbai. He attended this school until the second grade. His father then enrolled him at St. Xavier’s High School in Delhi.
Soon after, his entire family relocated to Delhi. Following St. Xavier’s School, he attended Delhi Public School in Delhi.
His entire family returned to Mumbai in 1960. Vinod completed the remainder of his studies at Barnes School in Nashik this time.
After high school, he attended Sydenham College in Mumbai and earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce. During his studies, he saw films such as Solwa Saal and Mughal-e-Azam and realized this was his final destination.
Vinod Khanna’s personal life
In the year 1971, Vinod Khanna married Geetanjali. Akshay Khanna and Rahul Khanna were their two children from Gitanjali.
Only after this did Vinod Khanna’s interest in spirituality begin to grow. According to Vinod Khanna, it was Mahesh Bhatt who introduced him to Osho.
While living in Osho’s ashram in America, he became attached to Osho Rajneesh and began working as a gardener for Rajneesh. He was named Swami Vinod Bharti at the ashram.
Later he returned to India when Osho faced friction with the USA government and even faced criminal cases in the USA.
There were rifts in their marital relationship as a result of not living in India for a long time, and this relationship ended forever in 1985. He married Kavita in 1990, five years after his previous marriage ended. They also have two children from Kavita, Sakshi, and Shraddha.
Vinod Khanna’s filmography and career
Vinod Khanna was very attractive when he was young. His stature was also adequate. As a result, he began to receive work very quickly. Vinod Khanna made his film debut in Adurthi Subba Rao’s Mann Ke Meet, directed by Sunil Dutt.
In this film, he played the antagonist, while Som Dutt (Sunil Dutt’s Brother) played the protagonist. This movie was a remake of a Tamil film called ‘Kumari Pain.’
Sunil Dutt made this movie to establish his brother in Hindi cinema but it was Vinod Khanna who got recognization from the movie.
In addition, he portrayed a negative character in a number of such films. Between 1968 and 1971, he established himself in the industry by playing negative roles in films such as ‘Purab Aur Paschim,’ ‘Sachcha Jhootha,’ ‘Aan Milo Sajna,’ ‘Mastana,’ ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh,’ and others.
1971 to 1982
Vinod Khanna is one of the few actors who began his career as a villain and later rose to prominence as a hero. However, in the film industry, it is extremely difficult. Vinod Khanna had the opportunity to play the lead role in the 1971 film Hum Tum Aur Woh. He co-starred in this film with Bharti Vishnuvardhan.
He also appeared in Gulzar Sahab’s film ‘Mere Apne’ that year. This movie was a remake of a Bengali film called ‘Apanjan.’ Following that, in 1973, he appeared in Gulzar’s film ‘Achanak,’ written and directed by Gulzar. The film was well-received by both the general public and film critics.
Vinod Khanna’s romantic form in the film ‘Hum Tum Aur Woh’ was well received, and this form of Vinod Khanna was later seen in a number of films.
From 1973 to 1982, he starred as a solo hero in a number of films. Farebi, Hatyara, Kaid, Zalim, Inkar, and other characters appear in these films.
These films helped to establish his distinct identity among the general public. During the production of these films, he was seen working with actresses such as Moushumi Chatterjee, Leena Chandavarkar, and Vidya Singh.
Following these films, Vinod Khanna’s resume was filled with a slew of blockbusters. He appeared in films such as Gaddar, Aap Ki Khatir, Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki, Khoon Ki Pukar, Shauk, Adha Din Adhi Raat, Aarop, Jail Yatra, Taqat, Daulat, and others.
Many actors do not play supporting roles after catching the line of the hero character, but Vinod Khanna also played many supporting roles. His stardom grew by four moons as a result of these supporting roles. He played a supporting role for Rajesh Khanna in films such as Aan Milo Sajna, Sacha Jhootha, Kudrat, Rajput, Prem Kahani, and others.
Vinod Khanna also appeared in a number of multi-hero films. Having more than one superstar at the same time is referred to as being a multi-hero. Vinod’s acting in these films also left a lasting impression on me. Shankar Shambhu, Chor Sipahi, Ek Aur Ek Eleven, Hera Pheri, Khoon Pasina, Amar Akbar Anthony, Zameer, Parvarish, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Hath Ki Safai, Aakhri Daku, and other films feature his work.
During the filming of Mahesh Bhatt’s “Prem Dharam (1992),” a steamy bed scene between Vinod Khanna and actress Dimple Kapadia embarrassed the latter. Khanna allegedly continued kissing Dimple even after the director yelled ‘Cut!’ Things got worse when the crew had to force Khanna out of the bed. Later, the actor apologized to Dimple, claiming that he was drunk and had lost control of his senses.
The intimate scene between Vinod Khanna and Madhuri Dixit in Dayavan (1988) caused quite a stir at the time of the film’s release. The fact that Khanna was around 20 years older than Madhuri reportedly irritated the fans.
How did Vinod Khanna died?
Vinod Khanna was suffering from Bladder Cancer for many days and finally, on April 27, 2017, he died in Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai where was being treated for his illness.