Vinod Khanna may have breathed his last, this morning. But, he would remain alive in the hearts of Indian Movie Lovers for a long long time.
He was one of those very few lucky actors, who could make a smooth transaction from a Villain to Hero.
Yes, he was a man of extremes. He began his filmy career as a Villain in Sunil Dutt’s Man ka Meet in 1968.
Grabbed a meaty role in Purab & Pashchim. And went on to become a superstar with movies like Amar Akbar Anthony, Hera Pheri, Burning Train etc.
He shared tremendous on-screen chemistry with Amitabh Bacchan. And, besides Dharmendra and Rajesh Khanna, was the most sought after actor of 1970s.
However, as I said before, he was a man of extremes. He announced retirement from Bollywood in 1982, at the peak of his career. And, willingly became a Gardener at Osho’s Ashram in US!
The man was not only good looking or talented, but was spiritually inclined too. When he made a comeback in 1987, at the age of 41, viewers and Industry were delighted, to have their Royal Hero back !
In his second innings, he gave some memorable films, particularly Dayavan, where he portrayed the role of an ageing gangster with aplomb.
Simultaneously, he joined politics too. And as a MP of Gurdaspur, we saw another facet of Vinod Khanna. He charmed the masses with his royal demeanour and soothing gestures.
Vinod Khanna’s towering personality, made him look authoritative as well as endearing. Who can forget the hard faced yet kind hearted Babuji, he played in Salman’s Dabang !
In a way, he never left the stage. He continued to remain active till he died. Be it playing the convincing role of a Thakur on-screen or being a hardworking popular MP of Gurdaspur. A true Hero indeed !