Vinod Khanna in January 2012
6 October 1946 .|
Peshawar, British India
(now in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)
|Spouse(s)||Geetanjali (1971–1985 divorced)
Khanna was born to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna, a textiles, dyes and chemicals businessman, on 6 October 1946, in Peshawar, British India (now in Pakistan). He has three sisters and one brother. Shortly after his birth, India was partitioned and the family left Peshawar and reached Mumbai.
He attended Queen Mary School, Mumbai until class II and then transferred to St. Xavier's High School, Fort. In 1957, the family again moved to Delhi where he attended Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. Although the family moved back to Mumbai in 1960, he was sent to Barnes School in Deolali, near Nashik. It was during his time at the boarding school that he watched the epic Solva Saal and Mughal-e-Azam and fell in love with motion pictures. He graduated with a commerce degree from Sydenham College.
Vinod Khanna debuted in Sunil Dutt's 1968 film Man Ka Meet as a villain. At the start of his career, he played supporting or villainous characters in films such as Purab Aur Paschim, Sachaa Jhutha, Aan Milo Sajna, and Mastana in 1970, and in Mera Gaon Mera Desh and Elaan in 1971.
Khanna is one of the few Hindi actors who began by playing villains and moved on to play the hero. He got his first break as the solo lead hero in the film Hum Tum Aur Woh (1971), which was followed by the 1971 multi-hero film Mere Apne directed by Gulzar. In 1973, his performance as an army officer facing death row in another film scripted and directed by Gulzar, Achanak, was critically acclaimed. The film echoed the true life story of K. M. Nanavati vs. State of Maharashtra and Khanna portrayed Kawas Nanavati, the real life Navy officer.
Between 1973 and 1982, Khanna played the lead role in in a number of solo and multi starrer movies. These include Farebi with Moushumi Chatterjee; Qaid in 1975 and Zalim in 1980, both together with Leena Chandavarkar; and Inkaar in 1978 opposite Vidya Sinha. In 1980, he starred in Feroz Khan's Qurbani (1980) which became the highest grossing film of that year. In Shankar Shambhu, Chor Sipahee and Ek Aur Ek Gyarah, Khanna appeared together with Shashi Kapoor; in Hera Pheri, Khoon Pasina, Amar Akbar Anthony and Muqaddar Ka Sikandar he played with Amitabh Bachchan; and in Haath Ki Safai and Aakhri Daku he played with Randhir Kapoor. He appeared with Sunil Dutt in Daku Aur Jawan, and he also had supporting roles in Sachaa Jhutha, Prem Kahani, Kudrat and Rajput, where the lead hero was played by Rajesh Khanna.
Khanna became a follower of the spiritual teacher Osho (Rajneesh) and left the film industry in 1982 for five years. In 1987, he returned to Bollywood with Insaaf where he played together with Dimple Kapadia. After his comeback he played romantic roles in Jurm and Chandni, but he was mostly offered roles in action films.
In the 1990s, Khanna worked in films including Muqaddar Ka Badshaah, C.I.D., Jurm, Rihaee, Lekin, and Humshakal. He appeared in multi-hero casts in films such as Khoon Ka Karz, Police Aur Mujrim, Kshatriya, Insaaniyat Ke Devta, Ekka Raja Rani, Eena Meena Deeka, and the 2002 film Kranti. In 1997 he was the producer for Himalay Putra in which he also starred, together with his son Akshaye Khanna.
In 1999 Vinod Khanna received a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the film industry for over three decades. He has since acted in fewer films, playing character roles in Deewaanapan (2002), Red Alert: The War Within, Wanted (2009) and Dabangg (2010). His performance as solo lead protagonist was critically acclaimed in films like Pehchaan: The Face of Truth (2005) and K.S. Ravikumar's Godfather (2007), as well as in the multi-star film Risk (2007).
In 1997, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was elected from Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab in the next year's Lok Sabha poll. In 1999, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency. Later, he became union minister for culture and tourism in July 2002. Six months later, he was moved to the more important ministry of external affairs (MEA) as minister of state. In 2004 he won re-election from Gurdaspur. However, he lost out in the 2009 Lok Sabha poll.
Khanna married Geetanjali in 1971, and has two sons with her, Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna. In 1975, Khanna became a disciple of Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh). In the early 1980s, he moved to Rajneeshpuram, Osho's commune in the United States, for about five years, cleaning dishes and working as Osho's gardener. His absence from his family, who remained behind in India, caused friction between the couple, and the marriage ended in divorce.
Awards and nominations
- 1975 – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Haath Ki Safai
- 1977 – Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Hera Pheri
- 1979 – Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Muqaddar Ka Sikander
- 1981 – Filmfare Nomination as Best Actor for Qurbani
- 1999 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2001 - Kalakar Awards Lifetime Achievement
- 2005 – Stardust Awards - Role Model for the Year 
- 2007 – Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement
|2013||Ramaiya Vastavaiya||Station Master|
|2012||Dabangg 2||Prajapati Pandey|
|Players (film)||Victor Braganza|
|Red Alert: The War Within||Krishnaraj|
|Wanted||Retd. Police Officer Shrikant Shekhawat|
|2008||Ek Rani Aisi Bhi Thi||Jivajirao Scindia|
|Halla Bol||Himself||Special Appearance|
|Risk||Khalid Bin Jamal (As Randeeb Hooda|
|2005||Pehchaan: The Face of Truth||Advocate Deepak Khanna|
|2004||Bhola in Bollywood||Himself||Special Appearance|
|2002||Kranti||Awadesh Pratap Singh|
|Himalay Putra||ACP Suraj Khanna||Also Producer of the film|
|Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law||Inspector Varun Saxena|
|1996||Muqadama||Captain Ajit Singh|
|1995||Janam Kundli||Randhir 'Junior' Mehra|
|1994||Eena Meena Deeka||Deeka|
|Ekka Raja Rani||Ashwini Bhave|
|Pyar Ka Rog||Army Officer|
|1993||Kshatriya||Raja Jaswant Singh (Mirtagarh)|
|Insaniyat Ke Devta||Balbir|
|1992||Parampara||Thakur Prithvi Singh|
|Humshakal||Insp. Vinod/Sunil Kumar/Dadu Kaliya|
|Police Aur Mujrim||DSP Vishal Khanna|
|Waqt Ka Badshah|
|1991||Khoon Ka Karz||Karan|
|1990||Muqaddar Ka Badshaah||Naresh|
|Jurm||Inspector Shekhar Varma|
|C.I.D.||Police Inspector Veer Sehgal|
|Pathar Ke Insan||Arjun|
|Suryaa: An Awakening||Suraj Singh|
|1988||Dayavan||Shakti Vellu/ Dayavan|
|Aakhri Adaalat||Inspector Amar Kaushal|
|Satyamev Jayate||Police Inspector Arjun Singh|
|Raj Kapoor||Himself||Special Appearance (during funeral)|
|1983||Daulat Ke Dushman||Vinod|
|Daulat||Ravi/ Kunwar Dilip Singh|
|1981||Ek Aur Ek Gyarah|
|Khuda Kasam||Sumer Singh|
|Jail Yatra||Raju Verma|
|Kudrat||Dr. Naresh Gupta|
|1980||The Burning Train||Vinod Verma|
|Qurbani||Amar||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|Bombay 405 Miles||Kanhaiya|
|1979||Lahu ke Do Rang||Inspector Raj Singh / Gopi Lathuria|
|Meera||Rana Bhojraj Sesodia|
|1978||Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki||Ajay Chouhan|
|Daku Aur Jawan|
|Muqaddar Ka Sikander||Vishal Anand||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|Khoon Ka Badla Khoon|
|Khoon Ki Pukaar||Sher Singh/Amrit|
|Inkaar||CID Officer Amarnath "Amar" Gill|
|Adha Din Adhi Raat|
|Amar Akbar Anthony||Amar|
|Khoon Pasina||Aslam Sher Khan / Shera|
|Hatyara||Vijay D. Singh/Inspector Ajay Singh|
|Aap Ki Khatir||Sagar|
|Jallian Wala Bagh|
|Chor Sipahee||Raja Dada / Raja Khanna|
|1976||Hera Pheri||Ajay||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|Nehle Pe Dehla|
|Shankar Shambhu||Pappu R. Singh/Shambhu L. 'Chhotey Thakur' Singh|
|Shaque||Vinod Joshi||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|1975||Zameer||Daku Suraj Singh / Chimpoo|
|Qaid||Advocate Jai Saxena|
|Prem Kahani||Sher Khan|
|1974||Haath Ki Safai||Shankar Kumar||Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|Kunwara Baap||Police Inspector Ramesh||Guest Appearance|
|Patthar Aur Payal||Surajbhan Singh 'Sarju'|
|1973||Kuchhe Dhaage||Thakur Lakhan Singh|
|Achanak||Major Ranjeet Khanna|
|Gaddar||Inspector Raj Kumar 'Raja'|
|Pyaar Ka Rishta|
|Ek Hasina Do Diwane||Prakash|
|Ek Khiladi Bawan Pattey|
|1971||Mera Gaon Mera Desh||Jabbar Singh|
|Reshma Aur Shera||Vijay Singh|
|Jaane-Anjaane||Police Inspector Hemant|
|Dost Aur Dushman|
|Hum Tum Aur Woh||Vijay|
|Guddi||Himself||shooting of Mere Apne (uncredited)|
|1970||Sachaa Jhutha||Inspector Pradhan|
|Aan Milo Sajna||Anil Choudhury|
|Mastana||Police Inspector Prasad|
|Purab Aur Paschim||Gopi's groom|
|1968||Man Ka Meet|
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