BOLLYWOOD MOURNS THE ‘WONDERFUL’ VINOD KHANNA
Tributes pour in as actor dies at 70 after battle with cancer
Bollywood and every Indian movie-lover mourned the death of Vinod Khanna, one of the most charismatic actors of Hindi cinema, on Thursday. Before his demise at the age of 70, Khanna battled cancer.
Tributes poured in from actors and filmmakers of every generation — Khanna made his debut with Man Ka Meet in 1969, and his last release was Ek Rani Aisi Bhi Thi in 2017, which made it a 48-year career. In this time, Khanna scaled the heights of superstardom; left it all to take refuge in the ashram of spiritual leader Rajneesh (later called Osho); and then returned to films, with acclaimed leading roles that preceded character roles in more recent years.
Khanna’s close friend Feroz Khan, with whom he had starred in the blockbuster Qurbani (1980), also died on April 27 eight years ago.
Actor Rishi Kapoor, who, along with Amitabh Bachchan, played Khanna’s brother in the evergreen film Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), changed his Twitter profile photo to Khanna’s picture as a mark of respect, and tweeted: “We’ll miss you Amar. RIP.”
Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha posted: “Vinod Khanna, truly ‘Mere Apne’, one of my most admired and loved personalities, the supremely handsome & talented superstar is no more.”
Filmmaker Subhash Ghai said that Khanna “celebrated his life with love and dignity and compassion for others”.
Actor Richa Chadha wrote a tribute: “RIP #VinodKhanna sir. You were the fantasy of most women in northern India through the 1980s. You shall be missed by one and all.”
Juhi Chawla, his co-star in Chandni (1989), told us about that experience: “He was very nice to me. He was a very senior hero and I was nobody back then. He was always a gentleman and very cultured.”
Actor Ayesha Takia, who co-starred with Khanna in Wanted (2009), told us, “It was an absolute honour to work with Vinod Khannaji. He was such a gentleman and such a larger-than-life personality.”
Former actor Saira Banu, Khanna’s leading lady in several films, told us that he was a “wonderful” person.
Vinod was a very nice and handsome man... a very frank guy. He was a gem of a person and a very good friend PREM CHOPRA, ACTOR Not just cinema, but the world has lost a kind, loving and a wonderful human being. May God rest his soul SAIRA BANU, ACTOR
Vinod Khanna died on the same date, April 27, as friend Feroz Khan