Veteran actor Vinod Khanna passes away
Veteran actor and politician Vinod Khanna has expired at the age of 70. He was said to be suffering from cancer. Khanna is married twice and is survived by four children.
Born on 6 October 1946, Khanna has featured in as many as 146 films. Some of his famous films are Mere Apne, Insaaf and Amar, Akbar, Anthony. He was last seen in 2015 in Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale. He made his debut in 1968 with Mann Ka Meet.
Khanna has also won numerous awards, including the Filmfare award for best supporting actor and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. In 1982 Khanna decided to quit the film industry at the peak time of his career to follow his spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh.
Khanna forayed into politics in 1997. In 1998, he got elected to the Lok Sabha from the Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab on a BJP ticket. He served as the Union minister for culture and tourism in 2002 under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Later, he also became a minister of state in the Ministry of External Affairs. At the time of his death, he was a sitting Bharatiya Janata Party member of the Lok Sabha from the Gurdaspur constituency.