Veteran actor Vinod Khanna loses battle to cancer; grief engulfs Bollywood

Veteran actor Vinod Khanna loses battle to cancer; grief engulfs Bollywood

Mumbai: Popular Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna died on Thursday morning after his prolonged battle with cancer, reports said. He was 70.

He was undergoing treatment at the HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre at Girgaum.

Khanna, who in his is long Bollywood career through 1970s and 1980s worked in more than 100 films, was a Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur, Punjab.

Khanna, who initially appeared in negative roles, later starred in many films taking the lead role. He made his film debut in 1968 with Mann Ka Meet.

His performances received acclaims in films like Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Imtihaan, Inkaar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Lahu ke Do Rang, Qurbani, Dayavaan, Jurm, Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate.

Vinod Khanna received the Filmfare award in the best supporting actor category for Haath Ki Safaai, and in 1999 he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007 he won a lifetime achievement award at the Zee Cine Awards.

Khanna was member of the Osho Rajneesh cult. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over his death.

“He was a famous actor and popular parliamentarian. His death has caused irreparable loss to both film industry and politics,” the chief minister said in his message.

IBNS/TheBiharPost

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