Bollywood star and BJP MP Vinod Khanna succumbs in battle with cancer

Bollywood star and BJP MP Vinod Khanna succumbs in battle with cancer

Khanna, also an active politician of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, had been suffering from the deadly disease and was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai earlier this month after his illness became more serious. Vinod is survived by his wife Kavita Khanna, sons Rahul, Akshaye and Sakshi, and daughter Shraddha Khanna. Hailed as one of the most good-looking heroes of his time, he debuted as a villain in Sunil Dutt's "Man Ka Meet" in 1969.

In 1982, Khanna left showbiz to follow charismatic leader Oslo for a few years, returning to star in "Insaaf" and other actioners.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari also mourned the loss of the actor-politician. Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna's affiliations are decades old, when he heard about the news of his death.at that point he was busy in promoting his movie Sarkar 3.

Geetanjali is the first wife of Vinod Khanna. A host of celebrities across politics, cricket and the Indian film fraternity paid respect to the actor on Twitter.

Rishi Kapoor, who played Khanna's younger brother in "Amar Akbar Anthony" and worked with him in another memorable hit 'Chandni, ' tweeted, "Will miss you Amar. RIP". After playing various supporting roles in movies like "Purab Aur Paschim", "Sachaa Jhutha" and "Mastana", he got his first big break as a lead in 1971 with "Hum Tum Aur Woh". After doing some more films he became the "original heartthrob" of Bollywood films. He succumbed to advanced bladder carcinoma. He took birth in Peshawar, present day Pakistan, and was an MP for BJP from the Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab.

Veteran actor and Gurudaspur MP Vinod Khanna passed away on Thursday in Mumbai. "May his soul rest in peace", melody queen Lata Mangeshkar tweeted. He was last seen in Shah Rukh Khan's Dilwale (2015). In 2002 he had stints as minister for culture and tourism and external affairs.

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