Veteran Bollywood actor and Gurudaspur MP Vinod Khanna, who was said to be suffering from cancer, has died on Thursday at 70 years old.
Khanna, who is a sitting Bharatiya Janata Party member of the Lok Sabha from the Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab, was hospitalised at HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai in April first week due to severe dehydration.
However, his son Rahul had come out with the statement that he was recovering and will be discharged from the hospital soon.
The actor, who was part of several Bollywood hits like Amar Akbar Anthony, Haath Ki Safai, Khoon Pasina, Parvarish, and The Burning Train.
Khanna was initially offered only negative and small roles, but in no time, he started bagging lead roles in several popular films, including Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Gaddaar, Jail Yatra, Imitihaan, Inkaar, Kuchhe Dhaage, Rajput, Qurbani, Kudrat, Dayavan, Kaarnama, Suryaa: An Awakening and Jurm.
Khanna debuted in politics in 1997 and got elected from Gurdaspur on BJP ticket in the next year’s Lok Sabha poll. During the time of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government he became Union minister for culture and tourism in 2002 and later became a minister of state in the Ministry of External Affairs. Khanna lost the 2009 election, but was elected again from Gurdaspur in 2014.
The veteran actor was born on 6 October 1946, to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna, in Peshawar (now in Pakistan). After partition, the family moved to Mumbai. He attended St. Mary's School, Mumbai until class II and then transferred to St. Xavier's High School. 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. He graduated with a commerce degree from Sydenham College, Mumbai.