VINOD KHANNA Biography,Overview, Age,Education, Marriage, Family,Career ,AWARDS


NICKNAME: Sexy Sanyasi

FULL NAME: Vinod Khanna

PROFESSION: Actor, Producer, Politician


DATE OF BIRTH: October 6, 1946

DATE OF DEATH: April 27, 2017

PLACE OF DEATH: Mumbai, India

CAUSE OF DEATH: Mumbai, India



Born:  October 6, 1946, in Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India
Died: April 27, 2017, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (bladder cancer)
Height:  5′ 10″ (1.78 m)

Vinod Khanna was born on 6 October 1996 in Peshawar, now in Pakistan. After Partition, his family migrate to Punjab and then to Bombay. He did his schooling at Barnes School, Deolali and graduation from Sydenham College, Bombay. In the late 1960s, the by-then well-establish Sunil Dutt, as part of his experiment of grooming new talent for films, took Vinod Khanna (along with his brother Som Dutt) as apprentices in the field of acting.

Khanna’s film journey represents an amazing transformation of the screen image, rarely seen in Indian cinema. He began his career with a villainous role, in his mentor Sunil Dutt’s Man Ka Meet release in 1968, followed by Rajesh Nanda’s Nateeja as the hero.

In Mukul Dutt’s Aan Milo Sajna and Manmohan Desai’s Sachcha Jhootha, in both of which Rajesh Khanna was the hero, he went back to playing the villain. Vinod Khanna stole the show in the role of a dread dacoit in Raj Khosla’s Mera Gaon Mera Desh, in which Dharmendra was the hero.

But he soon moves out of the shadow of his mentor Sunil Dutt’s image (arch eyebrows, blood-shot eyes, and harsh expressions) and found through his second mentor, Gulzar (real name Sampooran Singh), opportunities to discover his talent as a sensitive hero. It was this writer-director who finally prepare the young actor for the place he was soon to find in Indian cinema.

In Gulzar’s Mere Apne, a harsh depiction of criminal politics amidst gang warfare in the late 1960s, the young actor appeared in the role of a college student who is forced to become a gangster. He and his minions are constantly fighting with a rival gang (led by Shatrughan Sinha, who was once Vinod Khanna’s friend, but later turns into a bitter enemy) in the streets and bylanes of a small city.

He gives refuge to a simple-heart old widow, who has been brought to the city from her village by a working couple pretending to be her relatives so that she can look after their uncared-for child. The harden hoodlums are deeply moved by the motherly affection and care the widow bestows on them.

They begin to realize the futility of their violent actions that are driven by hate and vengeance. Khanna very ably captures the gradual humane transformation of the criminal under the comforting shadow of the mother-like figure, propagating, in her simplicity and innocence, the warmth of love and friendship between the two warring gangs.

The gangs decide to reconcile when Meena Kumari is killing as a result of their rivalry. Gulzar utilizes the talents of his young disciple in another landmark film, Achanak, released in 1973. Achanak was evidently ‘inspire’ by R. K. Nayyar’s Yeh Raaste Hai Pyar Ke, a film based on the true-life story of K. M. Nanavati, a navy officer, who after murdering his adulterous wife, surrenders to the police.

However, in Achanak, the hero, after killing his disloyal wife, uses several tactics to evade being arrest by the police. Khanna also appears in the lead in Vikas Desai and Aruna Raje’s offbeat film Shaque opposite Shabana Azmi. In this film, he gives evidence in a murder trial against the accus.

However, a decade later, another criminal surface and creates suspicion in his wife’s mind that her husband is not all that innocent. Vinod Khanna enters big-budget cinema in the 1970s with Prakash Mehra’s Haath Ki Safai and Raj Khosla’s Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki follows by action-pack hits: B. It Chopra’s The Burning Train and Feroz Khan’s Qurbani, both release in 1980.

In the decade of the 1970s, he reaches the zenith of his career in counterpoint to Amitabh Bachchan, with whom he appeared in a string of hit films. Juxtaposing their position with the antiestablishment stance of Bachchan, Khanna’s characters reflect the conviction of a common upright individual driven by his conscience to help the wrathful hero in his battle against the unjust and cruel world.

Khanna’s characterizations, in fact, reflect the moral, emotional as well as physical support arising within the socio-political milieu for the realization of the vision of the angry renegade. This kind of bonding between individuals from diverse social settings who come together to promote the causes of social justice and personal redemption reaches its high point in Prakash Mehra’s Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.

In this superhit film, Khanna gave a memorable performance as a lawyer with a conscience who fulfills the dreams and hopes that Amitabh Bachchan’s hero is unable to due to his taint past. Other films starring these two heroes together were Khoon Pasina, Parvarish, and Amar Akbar Anthony, both direct by Manmohan Desai.

In the last-mention film, a runaway hit with some rip-roaring scenes, Vinod Khanna plays an honest police officer vis-à-vis Amitabh Bachchan’s hooligan with a heart of gold. They eventually join hands to defeat the villain and his henchmen.

The third hero Akbar also pitches in to thwart the designs of the bad guys. At a time when Vinod Khanna had to establish himself as one of the most successful actors in Bollywood, vying with Amitabh Bachchan for the top slot, he suddenly left the film industry in 1979 to become a follower of the spiritual guru Rajneesh.

After his return to the film world eight years later, he still manage to rediscover his status, appearing in several important films of his career such as Mukul Anand’s Insaaf, Raj N. Sippy’s Satyamev Jayate, Balraj Tah’s Jallianwala Bagh, Feroz Khan’s Dayavan, Rajiv Mehra’s Aakhri Adalat, Yash Chopra’s Chandni in the second lead, Gulzar’s Lekin and David Dhawan’s Elena Meena Deeka.

In Dayavan, a remake of the Tamil film Nayagan that Starr Kamalahasan, and one of the most memorable movies of Khanna, he portrays a seemingly invincible Bombay underworld don. The don is an unconstitutional power figure, worship by the common people as a hero for his kindness and the sense of protection his very presence provides. In Lekin, a ‘ghost story’, he posts an impressive performance as a museum curator determine to liberate an unhappy ‘ghost’, Rewa, who haunts a royal palace, even risking his own life.

The film had a superb musical score by Lath Mangeshkar’s brother Hridyanath Mangeshkar. As a senior actor, Khanna chose to appear in very few films, which include Ashu Trikha’s DeewAanapan and Vishram Sawant’s Risk. He won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. He enters politics as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and became a minister in Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s cabinet in 2002.

Vinod Khanna Filmography


Year Film Role
1968 Man Ka Meet[12] Pran
1969 Nateeja[13] Vinod
1970 Sacha Jhutha[14] C.I.D. Inspector Pradhan
Aan Milo Sajna[15] Anil Choudhury
Mastana[14] Inspector Prasad
Purab Aur Paschim Shyamu[16]
1971 Mera Gaon Mera Desh Jabbar Singh[12]
Reshma Aur Shera[18] Vijay Singh
Mere Apne[19][20] Shyam
Elaan Ram Singh
Hungama Preetam
Rakhwala Shyam
Preetam Anil Thakur
Jaane-Anjaane Police Inspector Hemant
Dost Aur Dushman
Hum Tum Aur Woh[12] Vijay
Memsaab Arjun
Guddi[18] Himself
1972 Parichay Amit
Do Yaar
Ek Bechara
Ek Hasina Do Diwane Prakash
Ek Khiladi Bawan Pattey Inspector Chetan
Parchhaiyan Dilip Khanna
1973 Kuchhe Dhaage[21] Thakur Lakhan Singh
Achanak Major Ranjeet Khanna[22]
Anokhi Ada Gopal
Gaddaar[12] C.B.I. Inspector Raj Kumar ‘Raja’
Paanch Dushman
Pyaar Ka Rishta
1974 Aarop Subhash
Haath Ki Safai[22] Shankar Kumar
Imtihan[21] Pramod Sharma
Kunwara Baap Police Inspector Ramesh
Patthar Aur Payal Surajbhan Singh ‘Sarju’
Chowkidar Gopal
Sauda Sunil
1975 Zameer Daku Suraj Singh / Chimpoo
Qaid Advocate Jai Saxena
Prem Kahani Sher Khan
1976 Hera Pheri Ajay[24]
Nehle Pe Dehla[25]
Shankar Shambhu Pappu R. Singh / Shambhu L. ‘Chhotey Thakur’ Singh
Shaque Vinod Joshi
1977 Parvarish[18] Kishan
Adha Din Adhi Raat Gopal / Jagan
Amar Akbar Anthony Amar[18]
Khoon Pasina[18] Aslam Sher Khan / Shera
Hatyara[21] Vijay D. Singh/Inspector Ajay Singh
Aap Ki Khatir[26] Sagar
Jallianwala Bagh[27]
Maha Badmaash
Chor Sipahee Raja Dada / Raja Khanna
Inkaar[26] CID Officer Amarnath “Amar” Gill
1978 Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki[28] Ajay Chouhan
Daaku Aur Jawan[29] Ramu
Muqaddar Ka Sikandar[21] Vishal Anand
Aakhri Daku Mangal Singh
Khoon Ka Badla Khoon
Khoon Ki Pukaar[28] Sher Singh / Amrit
1979 Lahu Ke Do Rang[28] Inspector Raj Singh / Gopi Lathuria
Do Shikaari Satish
Yuvraaj[20] Gajendra / Vikramdev
Meera Rana Bhojraj Sesodia
Sarkari Mehmaan Anand
1980 The Burning Train[21] Vinod Verma
Qurbani Amar[30]
Garam Khoon[20] Ravi / Bablu
Bombay 405 Miles Kanhaiya
1981 Ek Aur Ek Gyaraah[20]
Khuda Kasam Sumer Singh
Jail Yatra[28] Raju Verma
Kudrat[21] Dr. Naresh Gupta
1982 Rajput Bhanupratap Singh / Bhawani
Raaj Mahal[28]
Insaan Shankar
Daulat Ravi / Kunwar Dilip Singh
1983 Daulat Ke Dushman Vinod
1987 Insaaf[26] Avinash Kapoor
Satyamev Jayate Police Inspector Arjun Singh
1988 Dayavan[22] Shakti Vellu/ Dayavan
Rihaee Amarji
Aakhri Adaalat Inspector Amar Kaushal
Faisla Birju
1989 Chandni[31] Lalit Khanna
Batwara Vikram Singh
Suryaa: An Awakening[21] Suraj Singh
Mahaadev Arjun Singh
1990 Muqaddar Ka Badshaah[15] Naresh
Jurm[26] Inspector Shekhar Varma
C.I.D.[28] Police Inspector Veer Sehgal
Lekin…[28] Samir Yogi
Maha-Sangram Vishal
Kaarnama Suraj
Pathar Ke Insan Arjun
1991 Khoon Ka Karz[28] Karan
Farishtay Dheeru
Dharam Sankat Birju
1992 Humshakal[28] Insp. Vinod/Sunil Kumar/Dadu Kaliya
Nishchaiy Ravi Yadav
Maarg [32]
Police Aur Mujrim[28] DSP Vishal Khanna
Waqt Ka Badshah
1993 Kshatriya[15] Raja Jaswant Singh (Mirtagarh)
Parampara[20] Thakur Prithvi Singh
Insaniyat Ke Devta [15] Balbir
1994 Eena Meena Deeka[15] Deeka
Ekka Raja Rani[15] Vishal ‘Vicky’ Kapoor
Pyar Ka Rog[33] Army Officer
1995 Janam Kundli Randhir ‘Junior’ Mehra
1995 Hulchul (1995 film) ACP Siddhant
1996 Muqadama Captain Ajit Singh
1997 Dus General
Himalay Putra[15] ACP Suraj Khanna
Dhaal Inspector Varun Saxena
1997 Maharani Pratap
2001 Deewaanapan[34] Ranvir Choudhary
2002 Kranti Awadesh Pratap Singh[35]
Leela[36] Rashaad
2004 Bhola in Bollywood[37] Himself
2005 Pehchaan: The Face of Truth Advocate[38]
2007 Godfather Abdullah Khan
Risk Khalid Bin Zamal[40]
2007-2009 Mere Apne Kashinath Pandey
2008 Halla Bol Himself
2009 99 JC[41]
Wanted[42] Retd. Police Officer Shrikant Shekhawat
Fast Forward Palash
2010 Dabangg Prajapati Pandey[43]
Red Alert: The War Within Krishnaraj[44]
2012 Dabangg 2 Prajapati Pandey[45]
Players Victor Braganza[46]
2013 Ramaiya Vastavaiya Station Master[47]
2014 Koyelaanchal Saryu Bhan Singh[48]
2015 Chooriyan Besant Singh[49]
Dilwale Randhir Bakshi[50]
2017 Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi




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