Trib­utes pour in as ac­tor dies at 70 af­ter bat­tle with can­cer

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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

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