Vinod Khanna, the original heartthrob of Hindi films, died at Mumbai’s HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre at the age of 70 on Thursday morning.
The statement from the hospital says, “Veteran actor and Member of Parliament Mr. Vinod Khanna, who was admitted to the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, breathed his last at 11.20 am due to advanced bladder carcinoma.”
“Doctors and family were expecting a recovery but somehow his condition escalated and he succumbed today afternoon,” said a hospital source.
Vinod Khanna was hospitalized due to “severe dehydration” on March 31. The 70-year-old actor was admitted to the HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaum. After a photo of the actor looking a frail shadow of his former self-went viral, it sparked rumors of a cancer scare, and it was being said that he is suffering from bladder cancer. However, the hospital and his sons, Akshaye and Rahul, had refused to comment on the cancer rumors and had said that Vinod Khanna was stable and on his way to a recovery.
In April first week, his condition had considerably deteriorated due to dehydration. He remained admitted at HN Reliance Hospital for close to a month. Hospital authorities claimed his condition had become stable in between after doctors put him on drip although he had become frail during hospitalization.
The actor is survived by his wife Kabita Khanna and his 4 children, Rahul Khanna, Akshaye Khanna, Sakshi Khanna and Shraddha Khanna.
The actor was all set to be seen in a film with actress Hema Malini. He was last seen in Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Dilwale’. Incidentally, Vinod’s famed ‘Qurbaani’ co-star Feroz Khan, had passed away on the same day eight years ago, on April 27, 2009.
He was an active politician and a BJP MP from Gurdaspur, Punjab.
His ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ co-star Amitabh Bachchan was shocked by the news and left a Sarkar 3 promotional event mid-way and is currently on his way to the hospital. Singer Asha Bhosle paid condolence to the family and wrote, “Very sad to hear about Vinod Khannaji. A decent man and a star till the very end.”
Very sad to hear about Vinod Khannaji. A decent man and a star till the very end. My condolences to his family.
— ashabhosle (@ashabhosle) April 27, 2017
Born on October 6, 1946, in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna in Peshawar, Vinod studied commerce at Mumbai’s Sydenham College before moving into acting.
Vinod was one of the most sought out film’s stars in the 1970s and 1980s. Initially, he was offered only negative and small roles, but in no time, he started bagging lead roles in many films. He had made his film debut in 1968 with Mann Ka Meet. Some of his most well-received works include Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Imtihaan, Inkaar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Lahu ke Do Rang, Qurbani etc. He was seen in as many as 141 films.
In 1982, at the peak time of his career, the actor briefly quit the industry to follow spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh. After a 5 year break from film, he started signing films again and gave two superhits, Insaaf, and Satyamev Jayate.
Vinod Khanna received the Filmfare award in the best supporting actor category for Haath Ki Safaai, and in 1999 he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, and again in 2007, he won a lifetime achievement award at the Zee Cine Awards.
There can never be another man as dashing as him. The tall, handsome and intrepid actor had a powerful presence on-screen which not only made women weak at knees but set a high standard for men to look up to. Vinod Khanna’s demise has created a void which can never be filled again. May his soul rest in peace!