Veteran Indian actor, Khanna is dead, funeral in afternoon today


Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today condoled the passing away of the veteran actor and BJP MP Vinod Khanna, saying the void he left in Indian cinema will be hard to fill. The veteran star was admitted at a South Mumbai hospital for around a month, after he complained of uneasiness. By the time he came back to India, he had nothing left and made a decision to re-start his career. After a five-year hiatus, he returned to the Hindi film industry to give hit films Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate.

Khanna was also unapologetic about the fact that he was a member of the BJP even if his parents had been supporters of the Congress. Khanna's explanation was that it was about the Congress after Independence and he thought the party had only got turned into a money-making machinery later.

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He was appointed the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism and later the Minister of State for External Affairs in the government of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

He was considered one of the biggest heartthrobs in the 70s and 80s. He could act. He was the ideal combination of chocolate boy look and macho-ism. The film, which was made to launch Sunil Dutt's brother Som, helped make Vinod the cynosure of all eyes.

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Khannas movies were widely acclaimed and accepted by a huge fan following, he added. He was one giant who touched my heart deeply.

He was universally praised for his role and some say the underrated film contains the best acting of his career. Vinod Khanna who ruled the roost in his prime, is no more. The team of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, has canceled the film's premiere which was scheduled to take place on Thursday, as a mark of respect for the veteran Bollywood actor-politician. His last few memorable screen outings were in Salman Khan's "Dabangg" series and Shah Rukh Khan's "Dilwale" in 2015.

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