Apr 27, 2020, 10:41 AM IST

Mumbai. Today (27 April) is the third death anniversary of Vinod Khanna, who is said to be Bollywood’s most handsome actor. He died of cancer on 27 April 2017. In his last days he had a wish that remained unfulfilled. He wanted to see his book house in Pakistan. However, Vinod’s name is counted among those actors in the industry who have seen many ups and downs in his film innings. He started his career by becoming a villain and then became a hero and dominated the film screen.

Sunil Dutt gave a chance to come on screen for the first time

Vinod Khanna, who was extremely shy as a child, was forced into drama by a teacher during school. It was from here that he moved towards acting. While studying in boarding school, Vinod Khanna watched films like ‘Solwan Sal’ and ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ and these films left a deep impact on him and he became desperate to become a hero. Vinod was studying at Sydenheim College in Mumbai. There was no acquaintance with anyone in Bollywood. The appearance of the bus was attractive and beautiful. The girls studying with him encourage him to have such a great personality, why not try movies. You are absolutely hero material. Meanwhile, during a party, he got an opportunity to meet producer-director Sunil Dutt. Sunil was looking for new faces for his film Man Ka Meet. He offered Vinod to act as a co-actor in the film. The film was beaten but Vinod Khanna’s car started running.

Father told the pistol to act
The story before the shooting of ‘Man Ka Meet’ was also very funny. After receiving the offer from Sunil Dutt, Vinod got angry when he reached home and told his father. Even his father shot a pistol at him and said that if you go to the movies, I will shoot you. Vinead remained adamant but was later rescued by Vinod’s mother. On his explanation Vinade’s father allowed him to work in films for two years. He placed a condition that if he is not successful in the industry, he will have to share his hands in the home business.

The identity of the robber’s character and stunt ability
The first film was unsuccessful, but he was noticed in the film. He found a place in films. After this, there was an opportunity to play the roles of villains in films like ‘Sacha Liar’, ‘Aa Milo Sajna’, ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’. When Vinod became a dacoit in ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’ and he fiercely beat Dharmendra, many directors caught sight of him. He did all the dangerous scenes himself. Like riding on a horse and running in rugged and wild and fighting scenes. However, he got success from Gulzar’s film Mere Apne. The film featured an amazing confrontation between Vinod Khanna and Shatrughan Sinha. In that era, actors were also labeled as being stereotyped. Once he became a villain, the producers always offered villainous roles. Bhal ho Gulzar who was seen as a dashing hero in Vinod Khanna and then changed the image of Vinod in ‘Sudden’ (1973).

When Amrita’s heart hit Vinod
This thing is done when Vinod came out of the sanyasi life and came back to Bollywood again. He was shooting for the film ‘Bantwara’ in which he was accompanied by Amrita Singh. Those days Amrita was dating cricketer Ravi Shastri and she used to flirt with Vinod Khanna to tease him. One day Ravi told Amrita that she would not be able to impress Vinod. Amrita just got shocked. Here Vinod too was alone, so he slowly started moving towards Amrita. The news of their affair started flying in the film corridors. When Amrita’s mother came to know about this, she explained to Amrita to separate her path from Vinod by giving him a bright career. Gradually Amrita also understood this and for the sake of her career, she kept away from humor.

Dharmendra’s collar caught during the shooting of ‘Partition’
Vinod Khanna and Amrita’s romance was at its peak during the shooting of the film ‘Bantwara’. After the shooting ended, Dharmendra often used to sit with a Mehfil, while Vinod would sit in his tent with Amrita. One day Dharmendra called him to call him in the Mahafil, but Vinod did not come out, on which Dharmendra got angry and started calling Vinod very bad. Vinod also got angry and caught Dharmendra’s collar.

Vinod was compassionate not only on screen but also in real life
Directory Aruna Raje, under whose direction Vinod Khanna did two films. Highlighting some aspects of humor in his book ‘Freedom’, he wrote that there was a problem of his budget during the shooting of the film ‘Rhea’. It came to such a point that there was absolutely no money to get the first print out of the film. When Vinod came to know about this during dubbing, he gave thirty thousand rupees from inside my car with my hands and asked him to give it when the money comes.

Arrived straight home and proposed to Kavita for marriage
Vinod Khanna’s second wife Kavita was 16 years younger to him. In 1988, the two met for the first time at a party. As soon as Kavita arrived at the party with her friends, Vinod kept looking at them. Several days later, he met Kavita again in the park. Then one day Vinod, playing badminton, rushed straight to Kavita’s house, soaked in sweat and proposed to her for marriage. Kavita also agreed.

Disillusionment: stardom becomes ‘sexy monk’
Vinod Khanna was considered an actor with equal stardom as Amitabh Bachchan. In the 70s and 80s, the ‘counter culture’ movement was going on. At the same time, Vinod left his stardom at Khanna Peak and went to Rajneeshpuram Ashram in Oregon, USA. At the same time Vinod’s mother had also died and he was sad. Mahesh Bhatt was also a monk with him then. It is also said that Mahesh Bhatt had persuaded Vinod Khanna to become a monk. Vinod Khanna used to roam in the ashram wearing Rajneesh garland. That is why the media called him a ‘sexy monk’.

Achievements of Vinod Khanna

  • Won career first Filmfare Award in 1975 for ‘Hath Ki Safai’.
  • Released in 1980, ‘Qurbani’ became the highest grossing film of that year.
  • He was the highest paid actor between 1980-81. Amitabh gets a fight against par.
  • Awarded Zee Cine Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
  • Awarded Dadasaheb Phalke in 2017.

Vinod Khanna’s last days movies
Played Salman’s father in ‘Wanted’, ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Dabangg 2’. He was last seen in Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale in 2015.

Death anniversary of a special friend
April 27 is also the death anniversary of actor Feroze Khan, a special friend of Vinod Khanna. He died on this date in 2009. Both were seen together in the films ‘Dayawan’, ‘Kurbani’ and ‘Shankar Shambhu’. Feroze Khan was considered the most fashionable actor of the film industry in the 70s.

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