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Veteran Indian actor Vinod Khanna passes away

POLITICIANS and leading personalities from the Indian film industry have been paying tributes to the popular star and lawmaker Vinod Khanna, who passed away in Mumbai earlier today (27).

Khanna, a former union minister, passed away this morning at the Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital where he was under treatment since almost a month.

A few weeks ago, millions of fans shocked to see the leaked photo of a frail and haggard Khanna in the hospital.

Khanna made his debut in actor Sunil Dutt's "Man ka Meet" in 1968. Khanna proceeded to play a diverse range of characters over the years, gradually moving to different genres like comedy, romance and action.

Vinod Khanna is a sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

While we mourn the actor who was larger than life, let us take a look at this unexplored facet of Vinod Khanna's personal life. He was considered to be in the pole position amongst Hindi film actors alongside Amitabh Bachchan with whom he acted together in hits like "Zameer", and "Muqaddar Ka Sikandar" (1978).

Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha recalled his long innings with Khanna, both in the film world and politics.

"Vinod Khanna was my really good friend". He is and always will be family to the Dutts.

However, Khanna's sons said that their father was stable and recovering.

Vinod was married to Geetanjali between 1971 and 1985 and has two sons - Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna.

Khanna won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award in 1975 for his role in "Haath Ki Safai".

In 1982, Khanna temporarily quit the film industry to join spiritual guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.

He was appointed Minister of State for Culture and Tourism in July 2002 and later Minister of State for External Affairs in the government of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The following year, he was elected to India's lower house of parliament. He returned to cinema in the late eighties, and courted success again with films such as "Insaaf, ' "Satyameva Jayate" and 'Dayavan.' He was seen in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer 'Dilwale" in 2015. "May his soul rest in peace", melody queen Lata Mangeshkar tweeted.

A ideal combination: Vinod Khanna attained stardom during the era when Amitabh Bachchan was at the peak of his career.

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