Vinod Khanna

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Vinod Khanna 6 October 1946 – 27 April 2017 was an Indian actor and producer of Bollywood films. He was the recipient of two Filmfare awards. He was also an active politician and was the MP from the Gurdaspur constituency between 1998–2009 and 2014–2017. In July 2002 Khanna became the minister for Culture and Tourism in the Atal Behari Vajpayee cabinet. Six months later he became the Minister of State for external affairs.

Khanna played lead roles in many films and is best remembered for his performances in Mere Apne Mera Gaon Mera Desh Kuchhe Dhaage Gaddaar Imtihaan Muqaddar Ka Sikandar Inkaar Amar Akbar Anthony Rajput The Burning Train Qurbani Kudrat Parvarish Khoon Pasina Dayavan Chandni and Jurm.

 

After making his debut in 1968 Khanna first acted in supporting and antagonistic roles as an angry young man in the movie Mere Apne as the main villain in the super-hit movie Mera Gaon Mera Desh and as the military officer turned fugitive in the critically acclaimed movie Achanak which was a film based on the events of K. M. Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra.

In 1982 at the peak of his film career Khanna temporarily quit the film industry to follow his spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh. After a 5-year hiatus, he returned to the Hindi film industry with two hit films Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate.

Personal life

Khanna met his first wife Gitanjali in college.Khanna married Gitanjali in 1971 and had two sons with her Rahul and Akshaye both became Bollywood actors. In 1975 he became a disciple of Osho and in the early 1980s moved to Rajneeshpuram Khanna and Gitanjali settled for a divorce in 1985.

In 1990 upon returning to India Khanna married Kavita Daftary daughter of an industrialist Sharayu Daftary.They had a son Sakshi born 1991 and a daughter Shraddha.

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