As the actor passes away, we go down memory lane to look at the milestones and other highlights of his life
Khanna was born in a Punjabi family of textile and chemical businessmen on 6 October 1946, in Peshawar of British India.
Shortly after his birth, India was partitioned and his family shifted to Mumbai. He attended St. Mary's School, Mumbai until second grade and was then transferred to St. Xavier's High School in Delhi. In 1957, the family moved to Delhi where he attended Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. Although the family moved back to Mumbai in 1960, he was sent to Barnes School in Deolali, near Nashik. During his time at the boarding school Khanna watched the epic Solva Saal and Mughal-e-Azam and fell in love with motion pictures. He graduated with a commerce degree from Sydenham College, Mumbai. (Zee News Network)
Vinod Khanna debuted in Sunil Dutt's 1968 film Man Ka Meet as a villain. In the initial phase of his career, he played supporting and negative roles. Such films included Purab Aur Paschim, Sachaa Jhutha, Aan Milo Sajna, and Mastana and Mera Gaon Mera Desh and Elaan. (Others)
He got his first break in 1971 as the solo lead hero in the film Hum Tum Aur Woh. In 1973, his performance as an army officer facing death row was critically acclaimed. Khanna portrayed as Kawas M. Nanavati in the movie based on the real-life case of K. M. Nanavati vs. State of Maharashtra and Khanna. (Others)
The romantic roles eluded him till the time the film Hum Tum Aur Woh became successful. (Zee News Network)
In 1970's and 80's, Khanna played the lead role in solo hero movies including Farebi, Hatyara, Zalim and Inkaar. He did successful movies like Gaddaar, Aap Ki Khatir, Raajmahal, Main Tulsi Tere Angan Ki, Khoon Ki Pukar, Shaque and Adha Din Aadhi Raat. In 1980, he starred in Feroz Khan's Qurbani (1980) which became the highest-grossing film of that year. (Zee News Network)
Vinod has also starred in 47 multi-hero films. He ahs co-starred with Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bacchan, Jeetendra and Randhir Kapoor. He appeared with Sunil Dutt in Daku Aur Jawan. He acted with Jeetendra in Ek Haseena Do Diwane, Ek Bechara, Parichay,Insaan, Anokhi Ada and Janam Kundali. He did Rakhwala,Paththar Aur Payal, The Burning Train, Batwara and Farishtey with Dharmendra. (Zee News Network)
He has worked with Rajnikanth in three movies namely Farishtay (1991), Khoon Ka Karz (1991) and Insaniyat Ke Devta (1993). Rajnikanth has offered condolences to Khanna's family. (Zee News Network)
Khanna left the Bollywood industry in 1982 for five years to become a follower of the spiritual teacher Osho (Rajneesh). (Zee News Network)
He returned in 1987 with Insaaf oppose actress Dimple Kapadia. He also plated romantic roles in Jurm and Chandni. In the 1990s, Khanna worked in films including Muqaddar Ka Badshaah, CID, Jurm, Rihaee, Lekin, and Humshakal. He appeared in multi-hero casts in films such as Aakhri Adalat, Maha Sangram, Khoon Ka Karz, Police Aur Mujrim, Kshatriya, Insaaniyat Ke Devta, Ekka Raja Rani and Eena Meena Deeka. In 1997, he launched his son Akshaye Khanna in Himalay Putra in which he also starred. His movies with actress Meenakshi Seshadri received appreciation by audience. They together worked in films like Jurm, Mahaadev, Police Aur Mujrim, Humshakal and Satyamev Jayate. (Zee News Network)
In 1997 Khanna forayed into politics. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was elected from Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab in the next year's Lok Sabha poll. In 1999, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency. Later, he became union minister for culture and tourism in July 2002. Six months later, he was moved to the more important ministry of external affairs (MEA) as Minister of State. In 2004 he won re-election from Gurdaspur. However, Khanna lost out in the 2009 Lok Sabha poll. In 2014 general election he is again elected for 16th Loksabaha from Gurdaspur constituency. (Zee News Network)
The actor worked in more than 100 movies in the Bollywood industry in a period of over three decades. He has since acted in fewer films, playing character roles in Deewaanapan (2002), Red Alert: The War Within, Wanted (2009) and Dabangg (2010). His performance as the solo lead protagonist was critically acclaimed in Pehchaan: The Face of Truth (2005) and the 2007 Pakistani film Godfather (2007), as well as in the multi-starrer Risk (2007). Recently he appeared in Dilwale alongside Shah Rukh Khan.
He ventured into television playing the male lead role of "Kashinath" in Hindi serial Mere Apne. (Zee News Network)
The actor was honored with a number of awards. In 1975, he won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Haath Ki Safai. He was a nominee for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor for Hera Pheri in 1977.
In 1979, he recived Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Muqaddar Ka Sikander.
In 1981, he was a nominee for Filmfare Best Actor for his work in the movie Qurbani.
He was also presented with lifetime achievement awards by Filmfare Awards, Kalakar Awards, Stardust Awards (Role Model of the Year award) and Zee Cine Awards. (Zee News Network)
The actor has been battling with cancer for many years. He was hospitalized to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center in Mumbai. Khanna passed away on the morning of April 27, 2017. In his last days, he was surrounded by his children and wife Kavita (Others)