Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passes away

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Veteran Bollywood actor and politician Vinod Khanna died on Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

The actor, who was the most-sought after star in the 1970s and 1980s, was known for romantic roles. He’s survived by his wife, Kavita, his sons, Akshaye, Rahul, Shraddha and Sakshi.

A statement from HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaon read: “Veteran actor and Member of Parliament Mr. Vinod Khanna, who was admitted to the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital breathed his last at 11.20 am due to advanced bladder carcinoma.”

Mr Khanna was taken to hospital some weeks ago, ostensibly to be treated for dehydration.

His son Rahul Khanna told news agency PTI days after he was hospitalised, “Dad was hospitalised on Friday for severe dehydration. The situation was quickly brought under control, he’s doing much better and the doctors are looking to discharge him soon.”

“Our family is most grateful for the extraordinary care he’s been receiving at the hospital and we are touched by all the good wishes pouring in,” he added.

Born on October 6, 1946 in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna in Peshawar, Vinod studied commerce at Mumbai’s Sydenham College before moving into acting.

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Khanna was married to Geetanjali between 1971 and 1985 and has two sons with her, Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna. He married Kavita with whom he has two children, Sakshi and Shraddha.

Vinod Khanna appeared in 141 films between 1968 and 2013 and also forayed into politics by joining the BJP. He was Minister of State for Tourism and Culture in 2002.

Published on 27 April 2017

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