Vinod Khanna, Actor-Politician No More
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passed away on Thursday morning. He was suffering from cancer.
The veteran actor acted in 141 films. He is an MP of the BJP. He was elected from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency in Punjab for three times. Vinod Khanna,70, had acted in films from 1968 and 2013. He was born on 6 October 1946 at Peshawar, now in Pakistan. Known to be a generous man who was always ready to help the needy was married twice. His first wife was Geetanjali and the present partner is Kavita Khanna. He divorced Geetanjali in 1985 and married Kavita in 1990. He has three sons and one daughter.
Vinod Khanna’s popular films include Gaddar, Mera Gao Mera Desh, Jail Yatra, Imtihaan, Kuchhe Daage, Amar Akbar Antony, Qurbani and Kudrat. He was a follower of spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh.
Khanna joined politics in 1997 and got elected on BJP ticket from Gurdaspur in 1998. He became a Union Minister for Culture and Tourism in 2002 in Atal Behari Vajpayee’s Government. Later he became Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs. Khanna had lost in 2009 elections but got elected again in 2014.