Finally Vinod Ji had to stop his illustrated journey called life. An actor-politician Shri Vinod Khanna breathed his last in a Mumbai hospital. He was 70 years of age when he was taken to HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaon couple of weeks back.
Social media was running rumours that he was actually being treated for bladder cancer. Some days after we was taken to hospital, Rahul Khanna his son told PTI reporter that,
“Dad was hospitalised on Friday for severe dehydration. The situation was quickly brought under control, he’s doing much better and the doctors are looking to discharge him soon. Our family is most grateful for the extraordinary care he’s been receiving at the hospital and we are touched by all the good wishes pouring in.”
Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna are said to be main contender for top seat of Bollywood of seventies; he starred in several major films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Parvarish, Hera Pheri and Muqqadar Ka Sikander along with Big B before spending five years as a disciple of spiritual teacher Osho.
Notes from Wiki:
Khanna was born in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna, a textiles, dyes and chemicals businessman, on 6 October 1946, in Peshawar, British India (now in Pakistan).He has three sisters and one brother. Shortly after his birth, India was partitioned and the family left Peshawar and reached Mumbai.
He attended St. Mary’s School, Mumbai until class II and then transferred to St. Xavier’s High School, 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.
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In 1997, Khanna 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 .
Khanna married Geetanjali in 1971 and had two sons with her, Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna. In 1975, Khanna became a disciple of Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh). In the early 1980s, he moved to Rajneeshpuram, Osho’s commune in the United States, for about five years, cleaning dishes and working as Osho’s gardener.His absence from his family, who remained in India, caused friction between the couple, and the marriage ended in divorce.
In 1990, he married Kavita.They have a son, Sakshi (born 12 May 1991), and a daughter, Shraddha.He was admitted to a hospital on April 2, 2017, after suffering from severe dehydration. Finally the great actor and star departed this world on 27th April 2017.
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