It is Vinod Khanna's death anniversary today. Here's revisiting the life and times of a star who started out as a villain before achieving fame as a charismatic leading man. And then, one day, he threw it all (the success and stardom) away for spirituality.
The 1970s star and politician who died last year starred in scores of broad-chested male fests. His popular pairing with Amitabh Bachchan gave us such hits as Parvarish, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar and Amar Akbar Anthony. One theory speculates that if he hadn't quit movies in 1982 to follow spirituality, history (and most certainly the career of Big B, a close competitor) would have turned out differently.
In those days when Bollywood heroes were painting a dreamy picture of love and romance, it was Vinod Khanna who was instrumental in making cinephiles look at love in a whole new light. It was him who moved the audience away from the typical 'boy meets girl' romance.
A decade of huge cultural significance, the Seventies foisted the tag of ‘angry young man’ on Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor shot to overnight fame with RK rom-com Bobby and not to mention, Sholay – a curry Western that embodied everything that Bollywood stands for.
Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll witnessed a three-cornered race contest among major political parties -- the Congress, the BJP and the AAP. The bypoll is seen as a barometer for the popularity of the six-month-old Congress government in Punjab.
While most are quite aware of veteran actor Vinod Khanna's handsome actor sons - Akshaye and Rahul Khanna, few know about the actor's third son, Sakshi Khanna. In 1990, Vinod Khanna got married for a second time to Kavita. The couple then had a son, Sakshi and daughter, Shraddha. What brings Sakshi into the limelight, is his upcoming Bollywood debut.