Vinod Khanna

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Vinod Khanna
Khanna in January 2012
Born (1946-10-06) 6 October 1946 (age 70)[1]
Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India
(now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)
Occupation Actor, politician
Spouse(s) Geetanjali (1971–1985 divorced)
Kavita (1990–present)
Children Rahul Khanna (son)
Akshaye Khanna (son)
Sakshi Khanna (son)
Shraddha Khanna (daughter)

Vinod Khanna (born 8 October 1946) is an Indian actor and producer of Bollywood films. He is also an active politician. He is the sitting MP from Gurdaspur. He appeared in 141 films between 1968 and 2013.

Khanna acted in lead roles in many superhit films and is best remembered for his performance in films like Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Imitihaan, Inkaar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Lahu ke Do Rang, Qurbani, Dayavaan and Jurm.

After making his debut in 1968, Khanna first acted in small second lead roles or negative roles. His angry young man role in the superhit movie Mera Apne, his negative role as the main villain in the superhit movie Mera Gaon Mera Desh and his role in the crtically acclaimed movie Achanak as the military officer turned fugitive received tremendous applause from both- the film industry and his fans. As a result, Khanna was soon offered the opportunity to play the lead role. The trend of multi-starcast movies were popular in the 1970s and 80s. So Khanna appeared in many movies as the second lead to Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra and Rajesh Khanna.

In 1982, at the peak of his film career, Khanna temporarily quit the film industry to follow his spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh. After a 5 year hiatus, he returned to the Hindi film industry giving two back to back hit films Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate.

He also played the lead role in the Pakistani film Godfather released in 2007.

In 1974, Khanna received the Filmfare Award as the "Best Supporting Actor" for his role in "Haath ki Safaai". In 1999, he received the Filmfare "Lifetime Achievement Award". In 2007, he received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Zee Cine Awards at Malaysia.

Vinod Khanna has two sons- Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna from his first marriage and one son, Saakshi and a daughter, Shraddha from his second marriage.

Khanna is popularly hailed as one of the three most handsome lead actors ever in Bollywood, along with Dharmendra and Shammi Kapoor.

Early life[edit]

Khanna was born in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna, a textiles, dyes and chemicals businessman, on 6 October 1946, in Peshawar, British India (now in Pakistan).[2] He has three sisters and one brother. Shortly after his birth, India was partitioned and the family left Peshawar and reached Mumbai.[citation needed]

He attended Queen Mary School, Mumbai until class II and then transferred to St. Xavier's High School, Fort. In 1957, the family 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. During his time at the boarding school Khanna 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, Delhi.[1]



Vinod Khanna debuted in Sunil Dutt's 1968 film Man Ka Meet as a villain.[3] 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 Desh1 and Elaan in 1971.[3]


Khanna is one of the few Hindi actors who began by playing villains and moved on to play the hero.[citation needed] 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. It echoed the true life story of K. M. Nanavati vs. State of Maharashtra and Khanna portrayed Kawas Nanavati, the real-life Navy officer.[3]

Between 1973 and 1982, Khanna played the lead role in a number of movies. These include Farebi with Moushumi Chatterjee; Qaid in 1975 and Zalim in 1980, both 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.[4]

In Shankar Shambhu, Chor Sipahee and Ek Aur Ek Gyarah, Khanna appeared with Amitabh Bacchan; in Hera Pheri, Khoon Pasina, Amar Akbar Anthony, Parvarish and Muqaddar Ka Sikandarand in Haath Ki Safai and Aakhri Daku he played with Randhir Kapoor. He appeared with Sunil Dutt in Daku Aur Jawan, and he 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, Khanna returned to Bollywood with Insaaf where he performed with Dimple Kapadia.[5] After his comeback he played romantic roles in Jurm and Chandni, but he was mostly offered roles in action films. His Muzaffar Ali-directed Dimple Kapadia-starrer Zooni is still unreleased.[6][7]

In the 1990s, Khanna worked in films including Muqaddar Ka Badshaah, CID, 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, with his son Akshaye Khanna.

In 1999 Vinod Khanna received a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the 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 Pehchaan: The Face of Truth (2005) and the 2007 Pakistani film Godfather (2007), as well as in the multi-starrer Risk (2007).

He ventured into television playing the male lead role of "Kashinath" in the Smriti Irani-produced Hindi serial Mere Apne, which aired on the channel 9X.


In 1997, Khanna 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, Khanna lost out in the 2009 Lok Sabha poll. In 2014 general election he is again elected for 16th Loksabaha from Gurdaspur constituency .

Personal life[edit]

Khanna married Geetanjali in 1971 and had two sons with her, Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna. In 1975, Khanna became a disciple of Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh).[1] 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.[1] His absence from his family, who remained in India, caused friction between the couple, and the marriage ended in divorce.[1]

In 1990, he married Kavita.[1] They have a son, Sakshi (born 12 May 1991),[8] and a daughter, Shraddha.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Film Role Notes
2015 Dilwale Randhir Bakshi
2014 Hero
Koyelaanchal Saryu Bhan Singh aka Maalik
2013 Ramaiya Vastavaiya Station Master
2012 Dabangg 2 Prajapati Pandey
Players Victor Braganza
2010 Dabangg Prajapati Pandey
Red Alert: The War Within Krishnaraj
2009 99 JC
Wanted Retd. Police Officer Shrikant Shekhawat
Fast forward
2008 Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi Jivajirao Scindia
Halla Bol Himself Special Appearance
2007 Godfather
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
Leela Nashaad
2001 Deewaanapan Ranvir Choudhary
1997 Dus General Incomplete
Himalay Putra ACP Suraj Khanna Also Producer of the film
Dhaal 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
Nishchaiy Ravi Yadav
Police Aur Mujrim DSP Vishal Khanna
Waqt Ka Badshah
1991 Khoon Ka Karz Karan
Farishtay Dheeru
Dharam Sankat Birju
1990 Muqaddar Ka Badshaah Naresh
Jurm Inspector Shekhar Varma
CID Police Inspector Veer Sehgal
Lekin... Samir Yogi
Maha-Sangram Vishal
Kaarnama Suraj
Patthar Ke Insan Arjun
1989 Chandni Lalit Khanna
Batwara Vikram Singh
Suryaa: An Awakening Suraj Singh
Mahaadev Arjun Singh
1988 Dayavan Shakti Vellu/ Dayavan
Rihaee Amarji
Aakhri Adaalat Inspector Amar Kaushal
Faisla Birju
1987 Insaaf Avinash Kapoor
Satyamev Jayate Police Inspector Arjun Singh
Raj Kapoor Himself Special Appearance (during funeral)
1983 Daulat Ke Dushman Vinod
1982 Rajput Bhanu
Raaj Mahal
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
Garam Khoon
Bombay 405 Miles Kanhaiya
1979 Lahu ke Do Rang Inspector Raj Singh / Gopi Lathuria
Do Shikaari Satish
Yuvraaj Gajendra/ Vikramdev
Meera Rana Bhojraj Sesodia
Sarkari Mehmaan Anand
1978 Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki Ajay Chouhan
Daku Aur Jawan
Muqaddar Ka Sikander Vishal Anand Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Aakhri Daku
Khoon Ka Badla Khoon
Khoon Ki Pukaar Sher Singh/Amrit
Inkaar CID Officer Amarnath "Amar" Gill
1977 Parvarish Kishan
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
Maha Badmaash
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
Imtihan Pramod Sharma
Kunwara Baap Police Inspector Ramesh Guest Appearance
Patthar Aur Payal Surajbhan Singh 'Sarju'
Chowkidar Gopal
1973 Kuchhe Dhaage Thakur Lakhan Singh
Aarop Subhash
Achanak Major Ranjeet Khanna
Anokhi Ada Gopal
Gaddar Inspector Raj Kumar 'Raja'
Paanch Dushman
Pyaar Ka Rishta
1972 Parichay Amit
Do Yaar
Ek Bechara
Ek Hasina Do Diwane Prakash
Ek Khiladi Bawan Pattey
1971 Mera Gaon Mera Desh Jabbar Singh
Reshma Aur Shera Vijay Singh
Mere Apne Shyam
Elaan Ram Singh
Hungama Preetam
Rakhwala Shyam
Preetam Anil Thakur
Jaane-Anjaane Police Inspector Hemant
Dost Aur Dushman
Hum Tum Aur Woh Vijay
Memsaab Arjun
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
1969 Nateeja
1968 Man Ka Meet


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