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Vinod Khanna ( , born 6 October 1946, Peshawarmarker) is a reputed Indianmarker actor, film producer and politician.

Early life

Khanna was born to Kamla and KC Khanna, a businessman who dealt in textiles, dyes and chemicals. He was one of five children, with three sisters and a brother and grew up in a joint family.

He attended Queen Mary’s School till class II and then shifted to St Xavier’s High School. He did his graduation from Sydenham Collegemarker.

Career

Vinod Khanna debuted in Sunil Dutt'sh 1968 film Man Ka Meet as a villain. He acted in multi-starrer films often playing supporting and negative roles in hit films such as Purab Aur Paschim (1970), Sachaa Jhutha (1970) and Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971). His big break was in the 1971 film Mere Apne directed by Gulzar. His performance as an army officer facing death row in another Gulzar scripted and directed 1973 film Achanak was critically acclaimed. The songless film echoed the true life story of K. M. Nanavati vs. State of Maharashtra and Khanna portrayed Kawas Nanavati, the real life Navy officer.

He went on to star in many hits throughout the mid 1970s and early 1980s, including Parvarish (1977), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Khoon Pasina (1977), Muqaddar Ka Sikander (1978), The Burning Train (1980) and Qurbani (1980). Having peaked in Bollywood, he became a follower of the spiritual teacher Osho (Rajneesh) and left the film industry in 1979 for eight years. At this time, he was the most successful actor in the Bollywood, competing with Amitabh Bachchan. He rejoined the industry, eight years later in mid 1980s. He continued to appear in many notable films from the mid 1980s to the 1990s such as Dayavan (1988), Chandni (1989), Kshatriya (1993) Eena Meena Deeka (1994) and Ekka Raja Rani (1994).

In 1997 he introduced his son Akshaye in the film Himalay Putra which he produced and also starred in. In 1999 he received a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the film industry for over three decades. He has since acted in fewer films playing character roles. His most recent films were Deewaanapan (2002) and Risk (2007).

He is currently acting as the lead in the Hindi serial Mere Apne produced by Smriti Irani which airs on the new channel 9x. He plays the role of the male lead Kashi Nath and is paired with producer Smriti Irani who also acts as the female lead in the serial.

Politics

In 1997, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was nominated from Gurdaspurmarker, Punjabmarker in the next year's Lok Sabha poll.

The star-factor helped him out three times Lok Sabha member Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder. Bhinder's perceived inability to develop the area outweighed the "outsider" tag applied to Khanna. The latter 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 Gurdaspurmarker.

He was the highest taxpayer in Mumbaimarker in 1990-91. Presently, he continues to participate in the film business based out of Dubaimarker.

Personal life

Khanna married Geetanjali, and has two sons with her, Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna; both are Hindi film actors. In 1975, Khanna became a disciple of Osho (Acharya Rajneesh). In the early 1980s, he moved to Rajneeshpurammarker, Osho's commune in the United States, for four years, cleaning dishes and working as Osho's gardener. His absence from his family, who remained behind in India, caused stresses with his wife, and the marriage ended in divorce.

In 1990, he married his second wife, Kavita. They have a son, Sakshi, and a daughter Shraddha.

Awards and nominations



Selected Filmography

1* 99 (2009)

2* Wanted (2009)

3* Ek Rani Aisi Bhi Thi (2008)

4* Risk (2007)

5* Deewaanapan (2002)

6* Kranti (2002) Rati Agnihotri

7* Dus (1997) (Incomplete)

8* Himalay Putra (1997) Hema Malini

9* Eena Meena Deeka (1994)Juhi Chawla

10* Ekka Raja Rani (1994) Ashwini Bhave

11* Kshatriya (1993) Meenakshi Sheshadri

12* Insaniyat Ke Devta (1993) Jayaprada

13* Farishtay (1991) Sridevi

14* Parampara (1992) Ashwini Bhave/Ramaya

15* Khoon Ka Karz (1991) Dimple Kapadia

16* Jurm (1990) Meenakshi Sheshadri/Sangeeta

17* Chandni (1989) Sridevi/Juhi Chawla

18* Dayavan (1988) Madhuri Dixit

19* Insaaf (1987) Dimple Kapadia

20* Satya Mev Jayate (1987) Meenakshi Sheshadri

21* The Burning Train (1980) Parveen Babi

22* Rajput(1980)Tina Munim

23* Qurbani (1980) Zeenat Aman

24* Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978) Neeta Mehta

25* Daku Aur Jawan (1978)

26* Muqaddar Ka Sikander (1978) Raakhee

27* Aakhri Daku (1978)Reena Roy

28* Parvarish (1977) Shabana Azmi

29* Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) Shabana Azmi

30* Khoon Pasina (1977)Rekha

31* Hera Pheri (1976) Sulakshana Pandit

32* Zameer (1975)Saira Banu

33* Haath Ki Safai (1974) Simi Garewal

34* Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971) Laxmichhaya

35* Reshma Aur Shera (1971) Raakhee

36* Mere Apne (1971) Yogeeta Bali

37* Sachaa Jhutha (1970) Faryal

38* Aan Milo Sajna (1970) Indrani Mukherji

39* Purab Aur Paschim (1970) Bharti

40* Man Ka Meet (1968) Leena Chandavarkar

References

  1. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/17277243.cms
  2. The uncensored Vinod Khanna, Times of India, 2002-07-27


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