Veteran actor Vinod Khanna, who will be seen in Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi releasing on April 2, has been admitted to HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaon, Mumbai after he complained of discomfort. The actor was taken to the hospital on Friday and has been there ever since. Initially, his family refrained from speaking anything about his illness but his son, actor Rahul Khanna, finally issued a statement on Tuesday. “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,” Rahul said.
A close associate also said Vinod’s condition is not serious. He said, “I am not allowed to reveal anything but Vinod ji is getting better and there is nothing serious. We are just wishing that he is out of the hospital soon.”
An official from the hospital, however, stated that Vinod Khanna was admitted on Sunday. “He was admitted on Sunday, April 2, and not on Friday, March 31 (some reports came in that the veteran actor was hospitalised on Friday). Also, the patient’s family members have asked us not to reveal more details, but there is definitely an improvement in Vinod Khannaji’s health,” the official said.
Vinod Khanna’s deteriorated health could be one reason why he missed the trailer launch of his movie, Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi, in which he is portraying the role of the king of Gwalior, opposite Hema Malini who is playing the role of Vijaya Raje Scindia, the queen of Gwalior.
A sitting MP from Gurdaspur, Vinod Khanna has changed fields and is rarely seen in films. With a career spanning almost five decades, the actor has appeared in a number of blockbusters and was considered competition to Amitabh Bachchan in his heydeys. Having done over 141 films, he also appeared in the television show Mere Apne, produced by Smriti Irani.
Here’s wishing Vinod Khanna speedy recovery!